Google I/O 2016: The key announcements

Angela Skipper

Google, not being particularly amenable to letting other robots into your life has unveiled its own version, Home.

Just by speaking, you can order an Uber, play Spotify, set alarms or just ask questions.

Duo, meanwhile, is quite simply Google's answer to FaceTime or Skype, allowing internet video calls.

Both are coming for iOS and Android in the summer.

Google's next software operating system update for smartphones and tablets, codenamed Android N, has been released as a developer preview

The new system will be named after a tasty treat, and could be called Nerds, Nutella or Nougat

New features include split-app multitasking, the ability to reply to messages from within a notification and increased battery efficiency

Google has been dipping its toes in low-end VR with Google Cardboard for a couple of years, but is stepping up by bringing it to Android N.

A new feature called Daydream will allow certain phones to up their performance to deliver VR, and Google is releasing a Play Store, Street View and YouTube for VR.

Google is also thinking beyond the limitations of Cardboard, and has produced a blueprint for a headset which it will share with third-parties, alongside a natty little controller reminiscent of the Siri-powered pointer Apple unveiled alongside the latest Apple TV last year.

Angela Skipper
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