Google does not like to disappoint. And historically, they rarely do. But this year's I/O conference was, for all intents and purposes, a huge let down. Conference speakers discussed many up and coming attractions, like the new chat apps, Allo and Duo, along with a slew of other exciting tech news for us nerds of the world. But then, all at once, the information kind of just stopped being attractive. Why? Because nothing's been put into effect, and none of the fun new "offerings" are available. Techonology marketing fail? Let's discuss.
It's not all sad news, though. Allo and Duo, will become available on iOS and Android later this summer season. And you should be excited about those things, at least, because they're pretty cool. Allo is Google's new smart messenger; it combines communication with Google Assistant, which means that you can ask it questions while using the app, and, if you're bored, you can play games with it, too. You can ask Allo questions by communicating with @google, as well—for instance, you can ask where the best dog park is in your area—and it'll tell you right away, with reviews and directions, and hours to boot.
Similarly, Duo will also be available (sometime) this summer. A video calling app, Duo bases its information off of your phone number... which is great news for those of us who hate creating new accounts for every app we download. Duo will use a new protocol called QUIC that's allegedly "more robust than any other video calling infrastructure out there." If that’s true, we’ll delete the Skype app off our phones right now…
So now that we've got your attention again on what Google MAY actually release in the somewhat near future, let's get back to some of the less fortunate, however fun to discuss, stuff.
Google will be unveiling Google Home in the fall, which, much like the Amazon Echo, is a very small smart speaker that you can plug into the wall with "always-listening, far-field microphones that can hear you from across the room. It'll answer your questions, play your music, and control some of your home automation gadgets." Executive creator of Google Home, Mario Queiroz, thinks that the gadget will beat the Echo at its own game.
Another hot topic of discussion and later, speculation at I/O, was Google Daydream. Google is taking its virtual reality game very seriously with this one... but we’re not so sure we'll believe it ‘til we see it in action. Daydream is Google's Android-powered virtual reality platform. It utilizes both hardware and software, making it much more advanced than its predecessor Cardboard, which was released two years ago. A pretty big downside to Daydream, though, once it comes out (if ever—ugh) is that it will only work on new phones with certain capabilities like the utilization of special sensors and screens. So far, Google has let the cat out of the bag connecting its gadget to eight hardware partners who will make Daydream-ready phones, including: Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel.
If you want to learn more about what was announced at Google’s I/O (or, if you just want to read through the mélange of angry/excited/confused commentary following the conference) check out this article by The Verge.