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The Best Announcements From Google I/O 2015

May 28th, 2015 | by

Every year, Google brings together developers and consumers alike to show off what they have planned for the next year and beyond. This year, the company announced quite a bit, so let’s hop into what you can expect from Google in the coming months.

Android M

Why yes! It’s the newest version of the popular mobile operating system! Google’s working it’s way through the alphabet with each release and we’ve finally arrived at ‘M.’

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Google’s Sundar Pichai says the company has “gone back to the basics” with this release and has improved the quality of the platform. Android 5.0 Lollipop brought a redesigned interface to the platform and Android M will improve upon that. Google’s looking to make the platform stable and polished.

Expect better battery life and performance, as is the case with any update for Android, but Android M includes a feature called Doze, which lets the system manage background processes better. The feature uses motion detection to determine when someone is using a device; shutting down processes when activity isn’t being detected.

Android M will allow more user control over what apps can do. User permissions are being wildly simplified to give users a better understanding of what their apps are actually going to do with their device.

Android Pay

Google is jumping in the mobile payments service…again. Google Wallet is becoming Android Pay. Similar to Apple Pay, the Android version of tap-to-pay. The service uses NFC and Host Card Emulation and pretty much just takes the place of the current Google Wallet app. Apps can also include support for payments via Android Pay inside their apps.

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Google says that Android Pay will be accepted in 700,000 stores in the US and will be installed on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile devices. Android Pay will work with fingerprint scanners on phones that include it and will run on devices that support KitKat or newer.

Brillo: The Internet Of Things Platform

Google will be creating what they call the “underlying operating system for the internet of things. More on this to come in Q3, but it looks like Google is bringing a stripped down version of Android to anything and everything. Brillo is a platform for controlling appliances and other electronics in your home from your phone.

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Google Photos

The company just made a big play in the photo sharing market. Google is revamping its Photos service; allowing unlimited storage of photos and videos for free, up to 16MP and 1080p resolution. Google Photos is available for iOS, Android, and the web.

Overall, Google had a lot to announce today. The future’s looking bright for the company and their many properties. There’s more news to come as Google I/O 2015 continues.

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