Recap: Google I/O 2016

This year’s Google I/O was bigger than it has been in the past. Over 7000 developers descended upon the Shoreline Ampitheatre and the results were amazing. Google announced a ton of new APIs for developers, new messaging apps, new devices, and held over two hundred sessions on bringing developers up to speed.

Living Room sandbox
Living Room sandbox

Android TV was not exempt from this event. There was a sandbox devoted to the Living Room. Developers came to see Google Cast and Android TV in action. There was a Nexus Player running the third developer preview of Android N. I was there as well, talking to developers from NVIDIA, PuppetMaster, Spotify, and so many more. There was a lot of interest in the platform and a lot of eagerness to see what’s next.

Google Home is a new device they announced which should communicate with all the smart devices in your home, including Android TV. Being able to control things with just your voice is pretty awesome, and Google’s AI is continually getting more reliable.

The second day of I/O was when Hugo Barra from Xiaomi demonstrated the newly announced Mi Box which got a lot of press. They were excited about entering the US market with a powerful set-top box.

Sessions

There were also a number of sessions to help developers get started with Android TV and Living Room. One was on Live Channels. The line for all these events were long, and people ended up crowding in the back. The Android TV market is growing pretty big thanks to the proliferation of devices of different types, and getting more developers on-board will help them expand their reach and improve the experience for users. They’re all embedded below for quick access.

The New Cast SDK

Google Cast & Android TV: Building connected experiences for the home

Bring your Android app to Android TV in minutes

Streaming Media with ExoPlayer

Bringing Live Content to Android TV

Conclusion

This was a great I/O, and there were plenty of great things for the Living Room as well. I can’t wait to see what developers build next!

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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