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The 10th edition of Google IO has been the largest IO in number of attendees with over 7,000 people at the Shoreline Amphitheater and outskirts. Now it’s time to look back at what Google IO 2016 has brought to the software industry.

In terms of launches and new products, Google Assistant was announced, and Google Home together with it. We are looking forward to get our hands on it by Christmas time. The also launched messaging apps Duo and Allo should however be released end of this summer –with support for iOS as well.

If there was something we were expecting that was VR. Taking the technology a step forward, Google presented their new VR platform (software and hardware) Daydream, and participants to the conference were able to hear first hand not just about how to implement controller support in Unity and C++,  but also how to market and distribute apps in the Play Store for VR (if you missed any of the sessions, Google has published all of them in their dev channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLOU2XLYxmsILe6_eGvDN3GyiodoV3qNSC&v=862r3XS2YB0).

At IO 16 we had the opportunity to test some of the new Android N features like split screen and instant apps, and also learn more about Firebase and its expansion towards a unified app platform for Android, iOS and mobile web development. Project Tango, Android Auto, Google Maps and other Google products were also in the spotlight, available for everyone to play around. Check out this video recap of 59 seconds for a glimpse of IO 2016 and feel the atmosphere that filled Mountain View for 3 sunny days:

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Eva Rio is a service designer and marketing manager at Tuxera Inc. Eva is also one of the lead organizers of the Finnish Android Association (now Google Developers Group Helsinki), the largest community of mobile developers in the Nordic countries. At Tuxera she works closely with developer communities to strengthen the software ecosystem in Helsinki region and drives design thinking initiatives to improve customer experience. Eva holds a M.Sc in Service Design and Engineering from Aalto University.