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Google I/O 2017
What to expect at Google I/O 2015It's everything we expect to see from Google at their biggest event of the year. A new Android OS, a next-gen Chromecast, Android Wear and a new Photos App.
Googlicious. So delicious [MUSIC] What's happening? Brian Tong here with that Googlicious for everything Google that we can pack inside of a show. Now we're just a day away from Google's io2015 so let's jump into everything we expect to see from the Big G at the event. Now, it's a no-brainer that we'll see plenty of the next Android OS and Android M, currently code-named macadamia nut cookie. Yummy. Now, the official build most likely won't be available until the Fall. But, a report from Android Police says this version will take on a renewed focus on battery life and RAM usage. is not the sexiest feature but still very important for users and we expect Google to release a dev preview of Android M at the event. Reports also claim that Android M will finally include native fingerprint authentication. Users will be able to log into all of the supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password. Now if you remember, the Nexus 6 was widely expected to release with a finger print scanner, but it was scrapped before the phone actually launched. Google Now is also expected to get beefed up. They opened up their API to work with about 40 different apps earlier in the year, and we expect that to open up even more. And right now, these aren't the flashiest updates but improvements that will really make an impact. Now macadamia nut cookie won't be the official name, see, you remember when key lime pie turned into KitKat or lemon meringue pie turned into Lollipop. Most people thinks it's going to be Android Marshmallow that softer, fluffier and even yummier. But we won't know until it's official release. Now, we haven't seen a new piece of Chromecast hardware for two years. And Google has let it just do it's thing on the side. Google claimed in January they've casted over one billion pieces of content. At IO this year, there are several sessions focussing on bringing games to the big screen with Chromecast. And you have to think that new and more powerful hardware will be part of that solution. So, I'm guessing we'll see a new Chromecast this year. Now, smart watches are still the cat's meow to manufacturers and yes, the Apple watch is getting a lot of the buzz still. But Android Wear will get its time to shine. Google knows that fitness is one area they are trailing behind with Android Wear. We expect to potentially see more of a focus on the Google Fit platform that was previewed last year. But again, it's all about the apps even if they are super lightweight ones. Now the Smart Home is still the next platform that tech companies are planting seeds for. We aren't there yet. But according to the information, Google's planning on releasing a build of Android Capable of running on devices with as little as 32 megabytes of RAM co-named, Brillo. The previous minimum Android requirement was 112 megabytes of RAM which was meant for smartphones, but this is clearly a new version of Android [MUSIC] Made the power of other less demanding devices. The report also says Brillo is targeting connected home devices instead of the whole internet of things. We don't know how it'll work with Google Nest products yet but, if it's ready for unveil, we should see it at IO this year. And the star of the show might not be any of this. It might just come down to photos. We know that Google is breaking up Google+. And taking its top services like photos and Hangouts and working on them as stand alone products. Now, Android police get an exclusive early look at the new photos app and it's completely free of Google Plus. The app will still let you search for people, animals, or objects and back up your photos automatically. You'll now have different views to choose to look at your collection. You can interact by pinching and swiping on photos to ope them. You'll also be able to do this cool drag to select multiple photos move, and there's a whole new bunch of editing features. Alright, on the hardware side, Android police reports that there will be no new Nexus tablet in 2015, and the Nexus 9 will remain the flagship. But instead, two new phones will be released by Google, one built by LG, with a 5.2 inch screen code-named Angler and a 5.2 inch screen phone built by [UNKNOWN] code named bullhead. It will be the first time Google has released two nexus phones in one year. And according to the report, this is the plan. Now, no specs were given for the phones. And before we go, I had to include this totally unrelated to Google eye, but the best thing I've seen on the internet today Samsung has finally released an official unboxing of the Iron Man themed Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and I just wet myself. See, it comes in this special packaging with a clear cover, and a wireless charger that looks like an arc reactor. Goodness. Now the phone is launching in Korea pretty much today It will be available in China and Hong Kong some time next month, but no word on the US. And I'm just saying, I need a wireless charger that looks like a freaking arc reactor. All right, that's going to do it for this week's show. You can always e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Or tweet me @briantong and just a reminder, starting at 9:30am we'll have everything. Before the Google I/O, during it and after. All live coverage here at cnet.com on the 28th. Thanks for watching, we'll talk about everything from Google I/O next week and we'll catch you next time on Googlicious [MUSIC]. Googlicious.