What to expect from Google I / O 2018

Google’s Biggest Year, I/O 2018, is starting in a few days, and as every year we can look forward to the many new releases it brings. This event is not so typical of all the news, because 90% of the news is already known. Based on all kinds of leaks, expectations, and lots of escaped information, we bring up a list of what we know about.

Android P Developer Preview 2

The first novelty is clear. Every year Google on its I / O presents the new Android Preview, but the question is what we can expect from it because there is almost no information about it.

The first preview of Android P came in May, with the UI system being overwhelmed by the ground. It includes a new notification panel with quick settings, a new system setup screen and many redesigned system components, such as a new volume control interface, text selection, new animations, and dialog boxes.

In recent months, we’ve also seen a number of design changes that have appeared in Gmail, as well as Chrome in Android, iOS, and desktop. The new Google application is also a new feature.

Changing the design of all these applications should result in the unification of their design in some evolution of Material Design. This new interface has not officially gotten its name, but Google calls it internally Material Design 2 or even Material Design Refresh.

At Google I / O, we’ll learn more about design and title. Android P Preview 1 has clearly seen where the new design has been used, and where it remained original from Android Oreo, in the latest preview, these significant differences could already be removed.

Gesture navigation

Android is likely to rent many of iOS in this update. In addition, to support for the cutout in the display, it also receives support for navigation in the gesture system. We just learned about this feature after we escaped the photo directly from Google, where we could see the navigation bar we had never seen before at Android.

The home button has changed to a short line that replaced the classic circle, the button back was in the old design and the multitasking button was missing completely. There is still a lot of what we do not know about this control, but it is clear from the picture that it is not the final version yet. It’s not sure whether it will be available for the Preview 2 version of Android P anymore. It looks like this will be the hottest change, and Google will still want to work on it.

Google Assistant and “Slices”

The first previewer for Android P includes so-called “Slices” interface, which we do not know much about yet. Some information suggests some of the content of apps that can be launched over others. Sebastiano Poggi from the Novode development center has been working on this since the first time we met slices and think that these apps will be able to show their own content in Google Search results.

However, the user interface looks very simple and unfinished yet. Sebastiano Poggi has created a demo application to demonstrate how Google Assistant could work. One application should be “Slice Host,” a customized version of Google Assistant, while other apps will act as information providers.

Since such functionality will also require Google to co-operate with individual application developers as this option will need to be integrated directly into them, Google must first provide all the information on how it should work.

Flutter and Fuchsia

In recent years, Google has been working hard on a multiplatform software called Flutter. Flutter apps come with custom Engines, run on androids and iOS, and allow developers to write apps for both platforms. These apps even include both Android and iOS user interfaces, allowing them to fit into the user interface of both systems.

Flutter is also an application platform for Google’s developer operating system called Fuchsia. It’s a completely new operating system for mobile platforms, but also a PC, and unlike Android, it’s not built on Linux, but on Google’s kernel called Zircon.

If Fuchsia gets through the first development process and becomes a good operating system capable of replacing Android, Google’s first step will be to convince developers to move from development to Android to Fuchsia.

Android Things

Android Things was introduced in 2016 and there is now 8th developer preview. It looks like a 1.0 version comes in a little while. Google remarked that Preview 8 represents the final version for the first stable version coming in. It will be built on Android 8 Oreo and that the first Google assistant smart displays will be the first devices to come with Android Things as an operating system.

New Pixel?

Google is probably working on the new Pixel, which should contain the middle-class specifications, so the price could be somewhat lower than at the current Pixels. It sounds like we can not wait for his performances at Google I / O, it should be done sometime in the summer.

Google Keynote I / O will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 19:00 AM.

// ArsTechnica