Google I/O 2015 roundup

Feel like you've missed out on the action from Google's I/O developer conference? Here's the news.
by
Google I/O 2015 roundup

The boys and girls at Google have been busy cooking up some wonderful treats this year, which they revealed overnight at the developer conference, Google I/O.

New and improved Cardbaord

Cardboard, Google’s super low budget version of a VR headset, started life as a bit of an experiment. However, there are now over 1 million users across the globe (we’re one of them), and Google has plugged a bit more money into the programme – introducing Cardboard 2.0.

The new version can manage phones up to 6-inches (like the Nexus 6) and only takes three steps to assemble, unlike the previous twelve.

Google Photos

Google has taken another look at its Photos app, and thought about how it can make the whole experience more accessible. You might be thinking, ‘how much can you really do with the organisation of photos’, right? Well, it turns out, quite a lot.

The notion behind the rehash is angled more towards users reliving their memories, as oppose to simply organising them.

With a little help from some Google computer wizardry, the new app is able to group photos by people, places and dates. But somehow it can also recognise what’s going on in the photos, making them searchable by content.

So, for example, say you wanted to find those pictures from last year's visit to Egypt, search 'pyramids’ and it’ll know what’s going on. Scary or awesome?

The app is free, and available on iOS and Android right now.

Android M

We’ve already has a stab at some of the potential features that will be coming with Android M, but Google is still keeping its cards close to its chest.

Also known as Android 6.0, the next gen of OS will be available later this year, but doesn’t look to offer as many aesthetic changes as the previous Lollipop update.

The announcements of debugging and software improvements were met with rapturous applause from the crowd, but the current changes are only looking to excite developers.

Virtual reality YouTube

Google already owns the biggest and most successful video hosting site on the internet – YouTube. So, the company has decided to take advantage of that and start producing VR content for it.

That’s right, one day in the not so distant future you’ll be able to jump on YouTube while wearing your favourite VR mask, and indulge in some immersive video.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
The rise of artificial intelligence isn’t set to take over mankind just yet. For now, it’s going to
Does Google actually know more about ourselves than we do? And how is it using this information? Let

18 October, 2018
The new Samsung Galaxy Watch is full of features, and looks the part. It's one of...
18 October, 2018
If you've got a new iPhone Xs, here are six hidden tips and tricks to help you get...
17 October, 2018
Huawei has just launched its new Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone. With a triple-lens...
16 October, 2018
We’re at ExCel London, where Huawei has just unveiled its new Mate 20 Pro. And we’re...
11 October, 2018
Google unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL this week. And it's one of the best camera...

11 October, 2018
Samsung has just unveiled the world's first quad camera phone. It has an incredible...
10 October, 2018
Samsung has been showing off its new Galaxy range at an event in London. Here's a...
9 October, 2018
Google has officially launched its new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones....
5 October, 2018
Nokia has just unveiled its latest smartphone - the Nokia 7.1. It's a great looking...
21 September, 2018
Bill capping is here to take away those nasty surprises, and in this article, we’ll...
12 September, 2018
The waiting is finally over, and Apple’s latest smartphones – the iPhone XS, iPhone...
3 September, 2018
We’ve always been taught to judge a camera phone by how many megapixels it has. But...
30 August, 2018
Honor has finally launched the Honor Play smartphone in Europe. It's a powerful phone...
30 August, 2018
Sony has unveiled the Sony Xperia XZ3 at IFA 2018. It uses the same awesome screen...
9 August, 2018
Samsung has revealed the new super powerful Note9 at its Unpacked event in New York....
8 August, 2018
All about Google’s latest version of Android, and some exciting features.We take...
7 August, 2018
Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event takes place in New York on 9 August, 2018. Here's...