Video: At Google I/O 2016, the software giant's Android N platform got a lot of attention. New APIs and new software hooks are massively increasing the way that Android can be used in devices other than smartphones and tablets, and to demonstrate that the Google team chopped up the dashboard of a shiny new Maserati Ghibli.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Google Assistant sounds like it could be just what smart home fans have been looking for in a digital assistant, but it's pretty near worthless if it doesn't have some good hardware to go along with it. That's where the Google Home (previously codenamed Chirp) comes in.
It's once again time to learn about all the fun things Google's planning for the next year. Google I/O 2016, which starts on May 18, will be the company's first developer conference under Alphabet, and this time around, Android likely won't be the major focus of the big announcements -- at least not the Android on your smartphone.
The future of computing is hybrid. Phones have become tablets. Tablets have become desktop computers with keyboards. Hell, Microsoft even made Windows phones powerful enough to be used as full-fledged PCs. Bottom line: A gadget in 2016 needs to be flexible. That's why Google bringing every single Android app to Chrome would be such a big deal.