Google has always left the world and specially me, speechless with it’s unique and invincible tech concepts. It has been proven further with their recent announcements made at Google I/O 2016. I have always adored the way, Google announces it’s new set of technologies. Even this year, Google I/O was initiated with 7,000 developers and journalists at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. But something which became the center of excellence was the way Google did things, it was highly unprecedented this time, being compared to previous years. This year Google introduced some bold new consumer-facing products that reflected technology’s biggest trends.
So, I would be sharing a brief of all the tech gadgets introduced within this conference. There are various gadgets, announced during the Google I/O 2016. Here is the excerpts from the tech-story.
At first, I would like to talk about the Google Home, which is actually a loudspeaker with internet-connection that responds to voice commands and offers access to a smart assistant in the cloud. Albeit, Google’s vision has crossed the imagination since this device integrates with Google Cast, the home entertainment technology that powers the company’s Chromecast streaming adapter and is increasingly finding its way into stereo systems and TV sets as well. Due to the integration, Google Home brings voice control to any Chromecast-equipped television. This enables voice access to Google-powered calendars and messaging, and can control internet-connected light bulbs and other appliances.
For my bad luck, Google Home has not been released yet and the cost has not been discussed as well, else it would have been in my lounge.
Another gadget, which wooed me thoroughly with its impressive specifications, is Mi Box, which is a courtesy of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. It is combined with Android-based gaming with video services like Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, and HBO Now. Something which excites me most is Mi Box’s base on Google’s Android TV platform, which makes it run on TVs from Sony and Sharp, among others. It’s not the first set-top to use Android TV, but it is the first to support 4K video playback and HDR.
Another sad story to conclude with is, no clue on cost has been revealed yet.
To end the gadget war, I would love to share another gadget, which I found quite exciting and engaging, is Daydream, which is a huge leap in the field of virtual reality. Google has opened a new era of VR, by not just focusing on a single VR headset; instead, it’s working with mobile-phone makers, including Samsung and HTC, to manufacture VR–optimized phones, available later this year, that will work with Daydream headsets. These headsets will be more comfortable than Google’s previous Cardboard viewers and will come with a remote control for playing games and navigating menus. Google plans to sell its own Daydream headset as well.
The company has partnered with HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and sports leagues like the NBA to build VR Apps that will populate a Daydream version of the Google Play Store. YouTube, which is owned by Google, is getting ready to launch on Daydream as well.