What the Google I/O schedule tells us about the future of Android


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The Google I/O 2015 schedule is here, and it gives us a lot of hints about what we can expect from Android. 

While the sessions are targeted at developers, there are enough details to glean what might be coming during the conference May 28-29. We’ll be there to cover all the happenings.

Why this matters: Google I/O is a developer conference, but Google tends to make a lot of its big announcements that affect consumers, as well. Last year it was Android L, which became Android Lollipop (5.0). Along with a new version of Android, we should see some new developer tools and features across apps.

Android M

Lollipop may be installed on only 10 percent of Android devices, but that isn’t stopping Google from moving ahead. A session focused on Android for Work mentioned Android M by name, but it’s since disappeared from the I/O site. Nonetheless, we’re pretty confident we’ll hear more about the next version of Android in the keynote and other sessions, such as What’s new in Android.

Gaming on Android TV

Yes, there are some good Android TV games, but certainly not as many as Google would like. This gaming developer session will help devs take their existing Android games and perform the necessary maintenance to make them Android TV friendly. 

Android Auto

We’re finally seeing real-life car units with Android Auto. A developer session will discuss the necessary APIs and Sandboxing required for getting apps to work with Android Auto. 

More Material Design

Google’s Material Design guidelines aren’t stagnant, so this session is designed to update developers on what’s new and how to add in many different design elements to apps. It also covers the key Material Design OS components, which could be the boost needed to get some developers to put their apps on board. 

Making apps more context aware

The average smartphone has a lot of sensing capabilities, such as GPS, Bluetooth, and an accelerometer. This developer session focuses on getting apps to use these tools, pointing to Google Now’s “Where did I park my car?” functionality as an example. We may see new context-awareness APIs and tools as part of Android M, or even in an update to Google Play Services.

Stepping up security with Smart Lock

Google’s Smart Lock feature gives your phone permission to turn off the PIN requirement when connected to a specific device or at a certain location. This session discusses how wearable makers can make their Android Wear devices compatible with this technology.


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