Google I/O 2016: 4 subjects we’d like to hear about

May 17

Google I/O 2016: 4 subjects we’d like to hear about

Here comes one of the biggest annual developer conferences around: Google I/O 2016. Along with major Android developers, engineers and executives, we wouldn’t miss it for anything!

The 2016 edition starts tomorrow at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California and for the first time since 2013 it’s a full three-day event, packed with Android goodness!

Without playing the fortune tellers, here are the 4 subjects we’d be glad Google tackles.

1. Android N – What about AFW (Android for Work)?

As many of you, we expect quite a few announcements! OK – you’ve already seen a lot in the developer previews, but there’s obviously more.

We are especially curious about the upcoming Android for Work APIs and features. Google has been pretty quiet on this matter and yet the potential is big: work mode toggling, work profiles, remote bug reports, better app restrictions… the list goes on! One thing is certain: Google is taking more steps toward the business world. We’re eager to see a few use cases for enterprises and Android developers – aren’t you?

Until then, we’ll have to content ourselves with AFW’s official documentation.

2. Virtual Reality – How can Google encourage the transition?

Along with Android N, Virtual Reality will be THE big subject of Google I/O 2016. In fact, no less than 7 sessions will be entirely dedicated to it (an entire content track!).

Although we already know Google is working on its own Android Virtual Reality (a VR placeholder appeared last week in the Google Play developer console), we’d love to see how they are planning to boost adoption rates and encourage mobile companies to switch to virtual reality. One thing is for sure: it won’t be easy! Whether you are developer, QA tester or UI/UX designer, the whole mobile application lifecycle will be impacted.

Whatever the answer is, we’ll sure learn more about it on Day 2, at 9:00 AM.

3. Project Jacquard – What impact for app developers?

Last year, the team behind Google ATAP literally blew our minds by showing us the possibilities of interactive textile. Project Jacquard wants to bring wearable technology to a whole new level by enabling touch/gesture actions on any standard industrial textile.

In short, your own clothes become interactive surfaces (see it in action).

When it comes to transforming everyday objects, the scope is huge! Project Jacquard can enable the implementation of connected and touch-sensitive textiles in any mobile application development project. We would love to know how from a technical perspective.

4. Project ARA – Is that still a thing?

Project Ara made quite some noise following its announcement in 2013, claiming that modular phones can be a reality. The team even planned a first public release for 2015 (which has been postponed of course).

Unfortunately, the project encountered several difficulties and hardly showed any sign of life until March 24 of this year with… a redesign of! No more module developers kit, no more test platform, just a plain black background, project ARA’s logo and a contact email.

Whatever it means, we hope this is a sign of something good coming. Modular phones are basically the future for enterprises, allowing them to increase the lifespan of their employees’ devices and to improve customization in line with each function.

Can’t wait to meet great people!

Over the years we’ve had the chance to bump into top names of the Android world, and this is part of the reason we’re able to make the best of every Android version.

Google I/O 2016 will be a great opportunity to meet those same people and spend some time with our clients, early-supporters, friends… Well, you! Because in the end that’s what Google I/O is all about, and we’d like to keep it that way ?

See you there!