This year Google released a beta version of the new Android update a few months before the I / O conference, so developers and enthusiasts have already had time to check it out.
The new version of Android will not radically differ from the current Marshmallow, but it will include several useful features that system fans have been dreaming of for years.
First, the split-screen mode: two applications can be simultaneously placed on the screen and work in them in parallel. This function will be supported not only by tablets (as, for example, in iOS), but also smartphones. Some Android smartphones are already able to do this, but there this mode is compatible with a very small number of applications - any programs installed on the device can work in Android N.
Split screen applications © android-developers.blogspot.ru
The notification curtain will be updated, it will become more informative, and the size of the notifications themselves can be changed to your taste.
Traditional tech enhancements will also come along: games and GUIs will run faster thanks to a new API called Vulcan, battery life will increase, and bugs in Marshmallow will be a thing of the past (or make way for new ones).
We wrote in detail about Android N after the release of the first beta version, you can familiarize yourself with all the known innovations of the new version of the system in our material.
Not the most noticeable I / O announcement, however, it looks like one of the most interesting. Instant Apps is a new Android feature, which will allow the smartphone to download only those parts of the application that the user needs at a certain point in time. How it works: Let's say you park your car. You can pay for parking only through a special application, which you no longer plan to use in the future. Nevertheless, if you do not have it installed, you will have to download it entirely, configure it, waste time. Thanks to the Instant App, the process is simplified: you just bring your smartphone to the terminal, and through the NFC connection, only those application elements that you need to pay for parking are downloaded to the device memory almost instantly - and nothing else. After that, the application is automatically uninstalled without taking up space in your phone's memory.
Or another example: if you don't have the Twitter app installed and you click on a tweet, a browser starts up and displays a message in the mobile version of the site, which is not very convenient. Thanks to the Instant App, the smartphone will simply download a small amount of data, and the tweet will look like you are looking at it through the application.
The maximum size that can be downloaded with the Instant App is four megabytes, so the function shouldn't consume a huge amount of traffic. In addition, given that everything started up incredibly fast during the Google demo, the actual volume of "instant apps" is significantly less.
Android Wear 2.0
Wear 2.0 is the biggest update since the release of this smartwatch platform in September 2014.
Smart watches will finally learn how to launch applications on their own, without the help of the "main" mobile device. According to Google representatives, the entire demo on the conference stage was done on a watch that was not connected to a smartphone at all. In addition, wearable devices will be able to access the Internet "directly" - to connect to Wi-Fi networks and even receive a cellular signal if they have a special module. In the latter case, you can use your Android watch even if you left your phone at home.
Communication capabilities have been seriously improved. Wear 2.0 will have a tiny keyboard and handwriting recognition, and new options for automatic replies to SMS will be added.
And for developers and designers, Google has released a Material Design guideline in Android Wear 2.0 so that their apps look equally good on all watches.
Daydream - Google's virtual reality platform
Google is also joining the VR race: its Daydream platform can be described as " Android for virtual reality helmets." If only because it is built on the basis of Android N. Google does not intend to compete with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other flagship devices, but compared to Cardboard this is a big step forward.
Daydream is aimed primarily at mobile devices. Google has already developed Daydream versions of its popular apps: YouTube, Street View, Play Store, Movies, and Photos. It has been announced that HBO, Netflix and game publishers EA and Ubisoft have already officially endorsed Daydream.
The bad news is that Daydream will only work on devices with dedicated sensors and screens. To date, not a single similar smartphone is on sale. They will appear in the spring, among manufacturers - Samsung, HTC, LG and Huawei.
Messengers, bots and personal assistants
New features of the personal assistant
Google Now is one of the most successful features of Android, but it is fully revealed only when searching for information on the web. The new version of the assistant will be smarter. First, learn to recognize the context: you can clarify the previous question with new details, and then give directions - all this without leaving the application window.
Secondly, it will act as a bot in some applications, the first of which will be Allo.
Personal assistant Google Now © Google
Allo, messenger with chatbot
If you remove the Google Assistant from Allo, then the usual messenger will remain. You bind your mobile number or Google account to it and you can send messages, photos, stickers, emoticons, and so on.
What makes Allo promising is the chatbot. It will have a separate dialog box where you can ask questions (the bot will "google" them and give you an answer) and send instructions, like booking a table in a restaurant. In addition, it will be possible to add a bot to group chats - then all participants in the correspondence will be able to communicate with it. In addition, the assistant will be able to respond to certain messages and offer relevant content in the chat. Roughly speaking, they mentioned a movie - the bot will share a link to IMDB or a session schedule.
In addition, all messages in Allo are encrypted.
Duo like the new FaceTime
The second presented messenger is called Duo and it is developed exclusively for video chats. There is no possibility to send a text message in it.
Its main feature is selfless simplicity. When you open the application, you see your image from the front camera, your contact list - and that's it. Another interesting feature is that before you accept or reject a call, you will see the caller's face in real time. And he doesn't.
Duo will launch on iOS and Android this summer.
Smart speaker Google Home
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Google Home is an analogue of Amazon Alexa, a speaker with a built-in voice assistant. It works the same way: it basically plays music, but you can ask her to find information on the network at any time. Google Home works on the basis of an updated version of the company's personal assistant, so theoretically it will have a little more functionality.>