It’s that time of year again where Android fans across the world turn their attention to a little event being held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View called Google I/O 2018. While it’s a festival for developers to attend technical talks, codelabs, and hands-on experiences, for everyone else it’s also a time to learn about what new things the search giant is bringing to consumers. Join us after the break for details on how you can watch the keynote live stream.
Google I/O 2018 kicks off with a keynote from CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives from 6 PM CET/10 AM PT/ 10:30 PM IST. To watch the keynote live click the video above to gain access to the official live stream coverage that is provided by Google on its YouTube channel.
We’ve already seen the JBL LINK BAR unveiled, a soundbar with both Google Assistant and Android TV built-in. We also expect the announcement of Android P Developer Preview 2 that we can sign up to via a beta program and an update on Google’s Instant Apps and Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Besides more Google Assistant integration and the eventual availability of the smart displays that were announced earlier in the year, Google could finally announce the new Android TV interface that has experienced a delayed rollout.
While it’s pretty much accepted that the Android tablet market has stagnated almost to the point of irrelevancy, we are expecting Google to announce a pivot towards tablets running Chrome OS, as seen on Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 aimed squarely at the educational system. We may only see new hardware later in the year, though, so don’t get your hopes up. Finally, we can also expect to see more announcements about VR/AR, Android security, and developer tools.
What are you hoping to see announced during Google I/O 2018?