The Google I/O 2016 developers’ conference is here and as usual, we expect the company to showcase its upcoming goodies.
There is no doubt that this year’s event will somehow be unusual. In the previous years, we’ve seen the search engine giant come in with a beta version of its next Android OS during this event, however, this year has already seen Android N developer preview released and in fact, it is currently in its second beta stage. This is just one of the things that might be changing during this year’s event, an event that might turn out to be the most surprising yet.
So, what can we expect from the upcoming Google I/O 2016 event?
Android Nexus 2016, Android N naming and more
As already mentioned, the new Android N, which is set to succeed Android M, is already available in developer preview mode. The beta has been around for months now and in fact, many are expecting that Google will unveil a stable version of the OS during this event. Well, this is just a wish. Another thing that is also lingering in people’s minds is the possible name of the OS, which for now is just N.
Since this Google I/O 2016 event is set to be full of surprises, we might see Google unveil the official name of Android N, something it has previously done late in the summer or fall. If Google goes ahead and unveils the new OS, there is no doubt that a new Android Nexus phone will also follow suit.
Reports are rife that the Google I/O 2016 event will see two Android Nexus phones launched – a 5-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. If rumors are to be believed, HTC will be responsible for these two devices. These two will be coming in to succeed last year’s LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P.
There have been speculations that Chrome OS will be no more in the near future. However, a Google official was quick to quash off these rumors and in fact, we could see the Google Play Store make its way to Chrome OS in a bid to harmonize the two platforms rather than merge them.
The Google I/O 2016 developers’ conference begins on May 18th at 10AM Pacific Time.