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Android M to debut at Google I/O 2015: All you need to know

Google's I/O 2015 conference is all set to start on 28 May where Android M will be launched.

Google IO, Google IO 2015, Google IO Conference, Google I/O 2015, Google I/O 2015 conference, Google conference, I/O 2015 sessions, Android M, Android M launch, Google I/O android M, Android M version, Technology, Technology news Google I/O 2015 conference starts on 28 May. (Source: Screenshot)

Google’s I/O 2015 conference is all set to start on May 28 and the official schedule is now available on the I/O 2015 site.  Of course, the biggest and most awaited announcement from the Google I/O conference is the new Android OS. Last year’s conference showed Android L, and this year we wait for Android M.

According to a report on ArsTechnica, one of sessions titled Android for Work, mentioned Android M in its descriptions. Interestingly the session has now been pulled from the schedule of events on the Google I/O site.

At last year’s Google I/O conference, the company had revealed Android L, and Android Lollipop the full name was only revealed later. Google is following the same pattern this year it seems and Android M means that this will be a developer preview.

Other interesting sessions in the Google I/O conference are centred around Android TV, Android Wear, etc.

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With Android Wear, one session is titled Your App and always-on screen. The session talks about how Android Wear’s new always-on feature “transforms the watch into whatever app” a user is on from map to shopping list to fitness. The session will help developers design and build for always-on screens.

Google IO, Google IO 2015, Google IO Conference, Google I/O 2015, Google I/O 2015 conference, Google conference, I/O 2015 sessions, Android M, Android M launch, Google I/O android M, Android M version, Technology, Technology news Screenshot of the Android Wear session.

The Android for Work session, which appears to have been removed, in another one that highlights the new capabilities of Android M. As the post on ArsTechnica points out, this will ensure dual-mode, a work and a personal one for Android users and aims to bring Android devices to more workplaces. How Android M caters to the enterprise world remains to be seen.

Hands-free apps is another session that talks about how developers could provide users with a new method of access to the apps based on voice alone.

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Google Cast aka Google’s ChromeCast for streaming mobile content on TVs will also have its own session. The description reads that “the lead designer of Chromecast will talk about what it takes to “cast-ify” your app, and to take advantage of the latest updates to the cast model for multi-screen interactions, shared queues, sound systems, and games, all using the mobile phone as the controller.” We could get a second version of Google Chromecast as well.

Android Auto session will also talk about how Google is expanding this particular platform. One session will discuss Android Auto APIs that allow developers to bring existing audio and messaging apps to the car.

Earth in Real Time will see Google talk about its latest acquisition Skybox and how it plans to use satellite imaging.

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And finally there’s a Video-Chat for Web, iOS and Android session, which talks about WebRTC which allows realtime audio, video and data communication and will focus on building cross-platform apps for voice and video chat. WebRTC is a free, open project supported by Google, Mozilla and others which allows browsers and mobile applications to engage in Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via APIs.

First published on: 07-05-2015 at 01:01:38 pm
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