May 30, 2017
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If you’re non-techie, here’s what the latest Google I/O Conference means for you

Thousands of developers flocked the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, California for the 10th annual Google I/O Conference. They witnessed firsthand the latest announcements of the biggest name in mobile technology—including its plans for the future.

If you’re not a developer but would love to know what Google has in store for the regular guys, here’s what we got for you.

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Google Home

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Google’s answer to Amazon Echo is confirmed to launch in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan this summer. The internet-enabled speaker, which was introduced to the UK earlier this year, will be fitted with new features as Google rolls in its planned updates for the device. Users from the USA will be able to call any landline or mobile number free of charge as long as it’s within the country. Moreover, proactive assistance will also be offered in the form of real-time traffic updates and other changes in your schedule.

Daydream VR Headsets

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Google also announced that it will be teaming up with Qualcomm to develop VR headsets that come with its own display screen and processor, therefore removing the need for a smartphone. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chip which is used in Samsung’s Galaxy 8 models.

Don’t get your hopes up, though. Google and Qualcomm do not plan to mass-produce the headset. Instead, they’ll be offering the finished product as a reference design for other VR headset designers. This means we’ll be seeing more of this type of VR headset in years to come.

Android Go

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Budget phones are about to get better because of Android Go. Dubbed as the lightweight version of Android O, this software comes with an optimised user experience through processors and memory banks that do not demand as much power compared to smartphones on the higher end of the tier.

Google plans to introduce devices fitted with Android Go to the public in 2018. These affordable-yet-quality phones will have an internal memory that will range from 512MB to 1GB. As a smartphone user, this means you no longer have to spend all your money on high-end releases. You can get same performance in your mid-range and budget mobile.

Kotlin

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Google most certainly did not disappoint its attendees with the onslaught of announcements it had on its sleeve. Google gave developers another cause of celebration with its official declaration that Kotlin will now be a first-class language for Android app development.

Sure, you’re not a programmer but as user, this means Kotlin has Google’s full support. Hence, new apps can be produced faster than before.

Whether you’re a developer or simply a user, Google sure knows how to keep us on our toes.