The Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), (NASDAQ:GOOGL) I/O conference is planned for later this week in San Francisco. Experts believe the company will reveal features of Android M, Google’s next version of the Android operating system. During last year’s I/O conference, Google brought changes with Android Lollipop. While Lollipop introduced a design that changed the Android look, M is thought to include deep feature changes to make it more useful.
Google is thought to have changed its operating system in many ways. They include user control, security and online photo storage. The company might even take the Android ecosystem to next level, by showing features related to homes, wrists and cars. The conference is expected to mainly concentrate on the back-end of Android.
Based on the industry reports and leaks, we have shortlisted certain features which might be talked about during the next week’s conference.
Smart Home Features
A report from The Information says that Google is pursuing the next generation smart refrigerators and light bulbs by developing new software. The report also says that Google might be working on a new Android type designed solely for the “connected home”. Google might unveil features for Smart appliances that can be used though Android M at I/O.
Upgrade Android Auto
Business Insider reports that there are hopes that Google might reveal some functions designed to work with Android Auto. At present, Android Auto reaches car’s infotainment system after running on the phone. Google might integrate Android Auto into Android M, like its rival Apple did with CarPlay.
New Notification and Login Feature
Google might be working on a new alert feature which will unite alerts across all platforms, says a report from Android Pit. This will be a very useful change, as users won’t receive alerts to messages they have already seen. Joseph Bernstein from BuzzFeed expects that users might login without a password in the new Android M version. However, this might be limited as only few smart phones offer fingerprint sensors.
New Online Photo Storage Service
Rumors on Google’s new online photo storage services were reported by Bloomberg. The gossip spiked after Google removed the photo feature from its social network, Google+. The new photo service will enable users to post images in social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Experts think it will be a cloud service which can get photos from any device, just like its competitor, Apple’s iCloud Photo Library.