As many of you may already know, Google I/O is happening now! This is always an exciting time in the world of Google. We get to see what new products and features they have been working on for the past year. And, this year was no different, so I thought it was a great time to highlight some of the key things introduced this year.
The first thing to highlight is the announcement of Google Photos. Remember back in the early 2000s when Google announced Gmail users would receive over 1 GB of storage? It was a huge deal at the time, and it eventually led to everyone else playing catch up with storage space solutions. I mention this because with the announcement of Google photos, you will now have an unlimited amount of storage space for your pictures! No more worries of clogging up precious storage space on your phone that would otherwise be reserved for Jason Derulo songs. Soon, photo storage may be revolutionized in the same way Google changed the approach to email storage.
Privacy and Android M were the other hot topics at this year’s presentation. One excellent addition to the new Android OS is the ability to change your permission levels by app. For example, when you download a new app on your phone, we have all seen the long list stating, “this app would like to have access to these items”. It’s always a bit scary, but you click “Accept” just so you can install the application. While this still appears in Android M, users can now change those permissions one by one. So, now you have the choice to allow apps to have access to your location, but not your photos, etc.
Also, Android M announced the new ability to use Google Maps offline! If you’re one of many that experience “dead zones” in areas around where you live this is a huge announcement. Turn by turn directions will still be enabled even if your phone loses service temporarily. If you are on the way to an important meeting in an area you’ve never been, you can be confident that Google Maps will still get you where you need to be.
While those were just a few things mentioned at Google’s 2015 I/O, they seemed to be at the forefront of discussion. If you’d like to see more information on Google I/O, you can watch and rewatch presentations here. Enjoy!