Biggest Things We Expect To See This Year At Google I/O 2018

Todd Singleton
May 8, 2018

The features are finally inbound ahead of this week's Google I/O conference.

Are you a fan of Google's Android Auto platform? Google is going to announce its in-house Android TV dongle which will also support a remote for one-handed navigation experience.

The design of the iPhone X is such that there is no room left for the home button that has been synonymous with iPhones thus far.

The Android operating system powers numerous world's smartphones and drives consumers to Google's cash-minting apps.

Use of the Android Things Console for software updates is limited to 100 active devices for non-commercial use.

Finally, it's the group messaging functionality, available via the Google Assistant.

Machine learning is today's watchword, and Google states, "Our systems will evaluate all available signals and use machine learning to predict the likelihood of a search query to convert so you can make the most of your budget across networks, products, and audiences".

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Chromecast isn't a new name in the world of streaming online content from our Android or Computer to a TV. As described in the announcement, Google is making it possible for "media apps to directly integrate their results into Android Auto".

We expect to see Google expand on this at Google IO in the next couple of days but it's change into stable version is a big step towards many more IoT devices with full Google Assistant support. This partnership was first previewed at last year's Google I/O conference.

The Play platform should see some modest gains this year starting with Google News. Now called Wear OS, the newly branded OS just picked up a few new Assistant features to make it a more powerful wrist companion.

The JBL Link Bar will land sometime this fall for an undisclosed price. Google unveiled its smart display platform at CES, but it left the hardware to Lenovo, JBL, and other partners.

Volvo is teaming up with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, which is based on Google's Android operating system.

Even though it was released in 2015, the Pixel C is still one of the better Android tablets ever made, mainly because most Android tablets are pretty awful.

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