Google I/O 2016, the annual developer conclave at which the company reveals its latest innovations is merely a week away. Plenty of cool technology is expected to share the spotlight – ranging from virtual reality all the way to self-driving cars. But there’s more in store than the presentations that will occupy the headlines of global tech media. So let’s take a look at 3 expected announcements businesses leveraging mobility should pay close attention to.
Android N introduction
The internet still speculates whether Google will continue the candy-themed naming pattern for its mobile OS. But while people try to guess if it will be Android Nutella, Nougat or something entirely different, Google has been busy catching up with Apple’s iOS on the enterprise front.
Based on the Android N Developer Preview, Doze – a functionality which puts your device into hibernation when its idle and thus reduces battery drain – should be improved with a new two-tiered system. The first-tier will be automatically activated when the screen has been off for a while and the second-tier activates when the device isn’t moving. Previously, for Doze to kick in, the device had to be completely in idle mode, sit completely still, and be disconnected from a charger. Therefore, until Android N, it couldn’t help to save your battery even when the device was inactive in your pocket.
With security being another area of paramount importance, enterprises should be pleased to find out that all new devices running Android N will be encrypted. Even regular consumers will be enjoying enterprise-grade security and company IT departments have the ability to manage encryption of the devices from a single dashboard.
Among other new Android N features expected to make their official premiere are the free-form application windows that should further boost the system’s productivity. Multitasking on phones and tablets just like on a PC can lure even more business users.
Chrome OS to begin the Android merger?
And while we’re speaking about free-form windows – one of the leading rumors in the IT community states that Google will soon stop developing its computer platform and incorporate some of its functionality into Android.
These reports have been gaining momentum, ever since Google presented its new Pixel C tablet, running on Android and adding a dedicated keyboard to the mix. Furthermore, the aforementioned free-form app windows in the Android N Developer Preview includes also a mouse mode support. This lends further credence to the theory that Google will likely try to take Android from mobile devices to computers. And combining it with Chrome OS seems like a logical step.
The new unified operating system is expected to be released no sooner than in 2017. However, an early preview might be featured already at this year’s Google I/0 conference, bringing mobile and PCs closer than ever.
Project Tango smartphone launch
Virtual reality (VR) is one of the latest areas intensely explored by large tech companies, but augmented reality (AR) can be even more beneficial to businesses. Project Tango incorporates AR technology that leverages 3D scanning of surroundings into mobile devices. This enables them to register where they are in the world and generate experiences in real time based on that positional understanding.
Google currently offers only a 7-inch tablet capable of utilizing the technology. However, it is available only as part of the Project Tango development kit. In collaboration with Lenovo, Google will be releasing a Project Tango smartphone, which should be demoed for the very first time at the conference and then launched to consumers in June.
Just imagine an app which allows customers to scan their room and the fill it with virtual models of furniture. And if they’ll like what they see, they can purchase the furniture straight away. All within a single app on their phone, further enhancing customer experience.
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