We’re getting to the time of year where our two major smartphone operating system overlords like to hold their developers conferences. Typically, these are the events that don’t speak to the hardware side of things directly, but they allow Google and Apple to sort of lay down the framework for where future hardware will be heading.
First up in this season of software, Google will hold their annual I/O developer conference starting this Tuesday, May 8. Here’s a brief rundown on some of the things that you should look out for as the event gets underway:
Android P. The next iteration of the Android software will likely be the highlight of I/O 2018, as it has been in the past. Over the years, Android has sort of learned that each new version of its software can’t really provide these sweeping changes to the platform, because, with all of the fracturing in the Android ecosystem, there are just too many gaps where launching software like that simply doesn’t make sense. So instead, with each new version, Google looks to refine the features that are already there and make them even better. That’ll be the case with Android P (Popsicle? Pop-Tart? Peppermint? Pumpkin pie? Peach?), which has actually been available for download for Pixel devices since early March.