Google I/O 2015 predictions: here's what you can expect

Google I/O, the most important developer conference for the world's largest mobile platform will take place on May 28th and 29th in San Francisco, setting the stage for Android in 2015. Apart from the Android M preview, what else can you expect to see unveiled in the coming days? Here are our Google I/O 2015 predictions.


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Google I/O 2015 app is out

The Google I/O 2015 app is now available in the Google Play Store, which you can download via the link below. If you want the very latest version, hit up APK Mirror for the very latest version before it even hits the Play Store. Even if you're not attending I/O yourself, you can still get the Google I/O 2015 app and get up to speed with what will be covered.

What is Google I/O 2015?

Google I/O brings together the world's best Android developers and showcases the very best of what comes next for Android. It's a huge geek fest but it has massive ramifications for the rest of us too, giving us our first glimpses of what will be making its way onto our smartphones in the months to come.
We were at Google I/O 2014 and it was a doozy. Not only did the event introduce Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design, it also saw the Android L preview build dished out to the assembled devs (which then instantly made its way onto all of our Nexus 5's as well). If you can't make Google I/O in person, you can tune in remotely courtesy of I/O Extended events and the #io15 hashtag.

Google I/O 2015: Android 5.2 or Android M?

The likelihood of major news surrounding a new version of Android is looking pretty good, especially considering Google basically announced Android M. Android 5.1 is already out on some devices and Android 5.0 has seeped out to five percent of Android users.
When the Android M release appears at I/O, it will be a preview build, so Android 5.2/Android 6.0, or whatever the Android M preview eventually becomes, will only arrive as a final version later in the year. Whatever Android news is delivered at I/O, and whatever version number it turns out to be, we'll be there to bring you all the latest.
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Google I/O 2015: Android Wear


    This is one of the areas we really think Google will be focusing on at this year's I/O. At least, this is the area that needs the most attention anyway. Android Wear is still a very young platform, but with the Apple Watch now out and several Android partners already developing (or open to developing) their own wearable platform to make up for Google's failure to improve Wear fast enough, this should be on Google's radar for 2015.
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    Google I/O 2015: New smartwatches?

    At Google I/O 2014, not one but three new smartwatches were unveiled: the long-awaited Moto 360, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear. The latter two were Google projects, designed to showcase Android Wear in its first stages.
    The Moto 360 was another fish entirely and for a long time was the smartwatch to have (and in many ways, still is). We know the Moto 360 2nd generation is nearing the finish line for release and LG and Samsung are always pumping out new watches, so any Android Wear announcements may well be accompanied by a couple of new smartwatches as well.
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    Google I/O 2015: Project Ara

    The modular smartphone project now has its own developer conference and we have already been filled in on what comes next for project Ara, so there's no reason to expect too much Ara news at Google I/O 2015.
    We already know it will be released in August, but there is still a session planned at I/O, meaning at the very least we should get a hands-on with a functioning unit. Who knows, I/O attendees might even get an early-release Ara device (or the promise of one) in the infamous I/O goodie bag.
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    Google I/O 2015: Project Tango

    The context-sensitive tablet that has an almost-human spatial perception was shown off in prototypes in the middle of last year by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group. Since then though, when the prototypes were distributed to developers, Project Tango has kind of been silent.
    Project Tango is clearly not ready for prime-time just yet, so we wouldn't expect any huge news at I/O, but, like Ara, we expect it to be there in some form.
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    Google I/O 2015: Android Auto

    If we had to put money it, we'd say I/O will primarily be about three things: Android M, Android Auto and Android Home. We've already seen these pushed heavily at all the trade shows this year and it makes sense for Google to be pushing them too.
    The difference is that Google is the one to push them to the next level. Expect to see Google's self-driving car at I/O and for some more big news on Android Auto: possibly even an announcement or unveiling of Android Auto as a stand-alone OS, rather than a streamed interface from your phone.
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    Google I/O 2015: Android Home

    The third pillar of our Google I/O expectations, Google Home is likely to get a lot of attention as well. Google has been trying to get Android into your home – or more specifically your lounge room – for as long as we can remember.
    Smart homes, entertainment and connected devices in the Internet of Things will surely be a high priority for Google in 2015 as well. If we're lucky we'll see some big news around Nest, the smart home thermostat. In any case, the connected home will be on the agenda.
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    Google I/O 2015: Android TV

    Last but not least, Android TV – Google's latest attempt to get into your lounge room – will surely share some of the limelight too. There's already a bunch of new Smart TVs, the Nexus Player is out in key markets and in the years to come we'll all be upgrading our existing boob tubes to those with Android TV built in. We're positive Android TV will be in the I/O lineup this year.
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    We're also expecting/hoping for some other cool stuff like Material Design support libraries, new improvements to the ART run time for Lollipop devices, Chromebook app news, the Android fingerprint API, Android @Work, perhaps some more news on the new Android camera API and who knows, maybe even a new Chromecast.
    As for a new Nexus device – the Nexus 5 (2015) or Nexus 7 (2015) - we think you'll have to wait until October pr November fr anything on that front. Google Glass might make an appearance though, we might hear something about the Google Watch and Google Wallet might be in for an overhaul to compete with Apple Pay (Android Pay anyone?).  
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