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    • Google I/O, Google's annual developer festival, is coming up next week:

      In the past years, I've always had fun watching the Keynote for news about Google's apps, devices and ecosystem in general, then some of the following live-streams over the next two days. Here's a partial list of things that I'm interested in or that I think will come up in one way or another:

      - Assistant and app updates: while this has seemingly been reduced in scope over the last few years, there will surely be some news about new apps (or new features of existing one's) Google is currently developing. As an end user, some of these things have been very interesting in the past, so I'm looking forward to hearing about it from the keynote.

      - Support for "Dark mode" on Android: this is an upcoming feature for the next major release of the Android OS - and already, many of Google's own apps have a "dark mode" that currently needs to be activated manually. There's a "How to Design a Dark Theme Using Material" session as well as a funnily named "Moving Away from the Light with Android Q", so I hope that we'll get some development support that will make it easier to create different color schemes for an app and changing between them.

      - Location: some of the sessions mention changes to Location Permission changes coming up with Android Q. As some of the apps I've created in the past rely on location (and because there's just so much fun stuff you can do with it), I will definitely tune in there.

      - Digital well-being, notifications and sharing on Android: combined with the more general topic of "proper user engagement", this is something I hope to learn a bit more about as well.

      I initially had the idea to start a panel here on Cake for a real-time discussion of anything that might be of interest to us - but this year, I'm travelling for most of the duration of I/O, so this would be a wasted opportunity.

      Unless someone wants to pick up the panel idea and run with it, I'd still like to read everyone's opinion about stuff we learn from I/O - whether it is more end-user related like new devices, or intricate development shenanigans. If you have anything to add - now, during or after I/O - please do! :)

      Special shoutout to @anjocerdena and @JazliAziz, who I'm sure will have something interesting to say about whatever happens next week. :)

    • Don't forget new hardware! It's more or less confirmed that the mid range Pixels will be launched at I/O but if we are lucky they might reveal other stuff that we were not expecting.

      I also hope to hear more about Stadia, the game streaming service. I am very keen on knowing if Google plans to redouble their efforts with Google Fibre to ensure that more customers have the requisite bandwidth to try Stadia.

      Oh, and you never know, we might get yet another messenger app. (not even sure if I should add a /s here)

    • I'll definitely keep tabs on what Google announces at I/O like I normally do, but over the years I feel like it's just gotten less and less exciting. Not entirely sure why. Maybe because most of the stuff Google announces just won't ever reach my country or are exclusive to Pixels. It's getting harder and harder to get excited about what Google is doing, but I'll still pay close attention to the event regardless.

    • Oh, and you never know, we might get yet another messenger app. (not even sure if I should add a /s here)

      Wait - you mean they will reveal just one new messenger app this year? :D

      For what it's worth, their presentation of Allo some years ago still is among my personal Top 10 of hilarious I/O moments: "Look, you can drag this slider to whisper or shout!" (following video at around 32:00)

      Don't forget new hardware!

      Right! Pixel phones, something new in the Assistant/Home automation category and perhaps a word or two about wearables (considering that they just released the Tiles feature for Wear OS) would be nice. I'm personally less interested in using Stadia myself, but learning some more details would be a good thing as well.

    • Yeah, the keynote itself seems to have become less spectacular as far as end-user content is concerned over the years. I hope there will still be something of interest for you, feel free to join with any comments you have. :)