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At Google I/O, no huge surprises but a honing of critical products

Zach Miners | June 2, 2015
There were no new hardware platforms, like Google Glass, Android TV or Android Auto.

There were some futuristic technologies at I/O that could be considered radical. Whether Google can turn them into meaningful businesses is less clear.

It showed a smart fabric it developed with sensors woven in. Google said it was partnering with Levi's to create clothing that people could touch to control their smartphones. No details on a launch date or price were given.

I/O also showed Google pushing hard into virtual reality. Cardboard, a low-cost device for VR, launched last year but only worked with Android apps on Android phones. Now it can work with any smartphone, including iPhones, and Google has launched new programs to expand Cardboard content.

One of those programs is Expeditions, a Cardboard app for classrooms that will send students on virtual field trips to places as far away as Mars. But as PCWorld's Florence Ion asks after trying it out, do kids really want to stare inside a box and spin around in a chair?

Maybe that's why Google, at least at this year's I/O, emphasized more earthly aspirations.

 

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