During an hour and a half talk at Googles I/O Conference recently, they made some exciting announcements for their upcoming technology.
Android M: Although no one knows what the M stands for exactly, we know that the operating system includes a load of new features. Custom Chrome Tab is an example; ideal for developers to use Google browsing within their own apps, so that they don't have to start from scratch. New apps that encourage users to grant or deny permissions when a new feature launches as opposed to at installation.
New hardware features: Fingerprint recognition similar to Samsung, will be included in the Android M. A new USB type-C: allowing the user to choose whether they want to use the device for transferring, charging, use the device as a battery pack or connect to an external device e.g a keyboard.
Google photos: A new photo and video software with unlimited storage. A user friendly interface with a timeline to track your photos. You can also make movies, soundtracks and collages to go with it.
Cardboard VR (Virtual Reality): Does what it says on the tin, Googles VR headset that you can construct from cardboard. Since it's first mention last year, the lo-fi VR kit has been reconstructed so it can be created in 3 easy steps and is designed to fit phones up to 6inches. It's also compatible with iOS as well as Android.
App test and exposure: Another developer toy- the Cloud Test Lab will let developers easily test their apps on 20 android devices. App campaigns that are universal will allow and help developers to advertise across Google play ads, Youtube and AdMob.
A cool little feature called 'Doze'. Smartphones are known for their strong battery drainage and this is said to put the phone into a low powered state when it's not being used for a certain amount of time (similar to putting a computer or laptop to 'sleep'). Apparently, making smartphones last twice as long.
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