It seems that Google i / o is going to be quite boring this year, since the touch-ups with the beta version have revealed that the updates that are being made in Android are increasingly incremental. Android Q presents a new logo that combines the letter Q and the number 10 (Android 10.0), but in the main functions that will help Google to approach iOS, there is very little.
To rub salt on the wound, this whole problem is debatable because Google takes about 6 years to update its entire ecosystem to a new version of Android. In comparison, Apple takes about 90 days to complete this process, which means that its universe of devices is extremely consistent in terms of software and very up-to-date. As a result, Google’s competitors can copy and launch to users any surprising new innovation in Android years before the original is in the hands of most users.
Some of the new and exciting functions of Android Q include a new indicator of remaining battery time, in addition to the percentage, the generation of QR codes to share the credentials of the WiFi network, new options of themes for developers, a new menu to share , as well as some other small adjustments and changes. Unless Google is hiding something big, you’re really going to have trouble getting the press and bloggers excited about this new version of Android.
Instead, Google will resort to some innovations driven by artificial intelligence to improve its Digital Life services and, therefore, keep its users interested, generating traffic and, most important of all, consuming advertising. The improvements in its computational photography offer, which is already a leader, as well as the expansion of Duplex and Google Assistant, is where Google will seek to boost excitement at its developer conference in May. Therefore, the place to look for innovation will be in Google’s own services, which rely heavily on their artificial intelligence instead of on Android.
This can also present difficulties, since it seems that the progress in AI is slowing down rapidly due to the fundamental limitations of the techniques that are still used today. This would give laggards such as Facebook, Apple and the Chinese the opportunity to catch up with Google, as it is at the forefront, where the slowdown will be sharper. However, when this will happen it is very unclear, as some think it might be a year or two before the slowdown starts in earnest.