Google I/O 2018 - Here is what are are expecting to see


The only bad news is the timeline: although Volvo will be exhibiting the features at this week's I/O conference, the Swedish automaker said it would be "several years" until you can buy a Volvo powered by Android.

Google is all set to commence its 2018 edition of I/O Developer Conference (Google I/O 2018) tomorrow, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Meanwhile, let's take a look at what to expect at this year's show. However, enabling this functionality on the basic framework of Android P will mean that manufacturers don't have to specifically develop such functionality on their UI overlays. Google says the Weave platform is also getting an update to make it easier for all devices to connect to the cloud and interact with services, such as the Google Assistant. The company has recently disclosed that it has over 1 million "Actions" supported by Google Home smart speakers. Instead of focusing the bedroom or kitchen, JBL has made a Google Assistant speaker that can power your entire home theater, whether you're listening to music, looking for a good movie, dim your smart lighting, or you just want to know the weather forecast.

Google on Monday officially launched the stable version of its embedded operating system platform Android Things, having announced that Android Things 1.0 is now available for download and use.

If we were a betting website (which we're not) we'd bet that the JBL Link Bar is likely to take center stage - alongside a number of other new audio devices - at the May 8 event.

Google has been extensively developing its AI and implementing in its products such as Google Assistant for voice and text-based commands, Google Lens for object and image recognition, and Google Translate.

Perhaps the most crucial part of this week's I/O keynote could have to do with artificial intelligence. Now called Wear OS, the newly branded OS just picked up a few new Assistant features to make it a more powerful wrist companion.

A new version of Android an provide users with interface consistency across devices and gives partners an app distribution standard. Hopefully, this I/O will be marked as the launch of this feature. So to enhance the messaging experience on Android Auto, the platform will begin supporting both group messages as well as RCS. It also brought some much-needed improvements in the product such as prolonged battery life and a dark mode.