This year, Google took a different approach to its
Google I/O developers conference. First of all, it was mostly outdoors, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. (Fun fact about Shoreline: While now it’s literally in Google’s backyard, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was an original partner in launching the concert venue with legendary promoter Bill Graham, and Woz’s name still adorns one of the boxes that the press sat in during the keynote.) And while previous Google I/O keynotes have featured moonshots like Google Glass, this year’s keynote was pretty down-to-earth. No self-driving cars or alien-looking wearables, just new versions of Android and Android Wear, plus some cross-platform apps and a voice-activated device for the home. In fact, a lot of the announcements should even be interesting to Apple fans, from new apps to a huge selection of smartwatches. Here’s what you should care about, and when you can expect it all to launch.