Google hosted its annual developer conference, Google IO last week. Key announcements included:
- Android N 7.0: successor to Marshmallow
- Google Assistant: replaces Google Now
- Google Home: smart speaker system (similar to the Amazon Echo)
- Allo: messaging (similar to Apple iMessage)
- Duo: video chat (similar Apple FaceTime)
- Daydream: virtual reality (similar Oculus Rift)
- Android instant apps: use apps without downloading them
- Android Wear 2.0: connect to wi-fi, support for iOS
I upgraded my Nexus 5X to Android N beta over the air and it was the easiest Android upgrade so far. I registered for the beta on my Mac/PC and within moments, I received a notification on my Nexus 5X to upgrade with one tap. I’ve been impressed with how stable the beta is and the number of new features including improved notifications and split screen multitasking. I’m looking forward to trying the new instant apps that launch immediately without downloading. A good list of the new Android N features can be found on Android Central.
Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, kicks off on June 13 in San Francisco. I’m looking forward to Apple’s announcements.