Every year, I look forward to Google I/O and get really excited to see what big G has in store. Not that I’ve ever been to one, but does anyone remember a couple of years ago when they had that huge Rube Goldberg machine? And last year they had this amazing industrial countdown that was straight out of a Pixar adventure? I love hearing about the technology that the brightest minds in the world are working on and always want to hear what’s happening in Android.
Ten of us from Team Nextbit are attending Google I/O. The rest of us have watched the keynote from the office and wanted to highlight some things we thought were interesting:
Google Assistant - Eric and I liked this a lot. Personally, the idea of having contextual responses from Google was incredible to me. Being able to ask Google for movies, and order tickets in a seamless and unique way is definitely the future for Android and really challenges Siri and other voice assistant apps to be better.
Instant Apps - Steve and Aaron really liked this. According to Aaron, "Their super early version back in November inspired my Hackathon project. It's great to see them make even more advances."
Machine Learning and AI - Eula commented on the AlphaGo Go games: "The games were fascinating to watch...I wasn't interested in Go until then." It is amazing some of the things that will be possible in the near future with advances in AI and Machine learning. I would like to see more focus on the benefits to education, and healthcare, but this is a great start from Google!
One of the things that we weren't a fan of was namely the fact that Allo (though cool in it's own right with contextual responses) is one of Google's numerous other conversation services (Hangouts, Messenger, Messaging, Duo)...it's really crazy that we don't have a unified, consolidated app for this yet. To me, the system looks like it hasn't matured, and it'll be at least another year before we see anything refined and polished.
Anyway, I'm sure the team there at I/O down in Mountain View is going to learn a lot over the next couple of days. I can't wait to hear some of the developments that we can implement into Robin! And, to celebrate the spirit of Google I/O, we’ve got a little contest for you all.
Google I/O/U Contest - Winners have been chosen and contacted!
Look at all the moolah!
Contest begins 5/18 and ends 5/22 at 11:59 PM PT
How to Enter
In the comments section below, take one of Google’s announcements from I/O 2016 and describe how you think Nextbit could take advantage of it
Click the link: Google I/O/U Contest for more ways to gain entries and increase your chances of winning!
Three winners will each receive one (1) $15 Google Play code to redeem for apps and entertainment in the Google Play Store
Winners will be announced here on 5/23 at 5:00PM PT