Google's annual I/O conference begins on 18 May, and V3 has put together a quick rundown of what developers can expect from this year's event.
Unlike in previous years, Google has already given us a good look at Android N, which means that the OS probably won't be the star of the show this year.
Android N is already available for Nexus and Sony Xperia Z3 owners to try out, and brings a new Launcher Shortcuts feature that hints at iOS-style 3D Touch support, a built-in split-screen mode, Doze improvements, support for the Vulkan graphics API and new emoji.
Google has already entered the VR game with the cheap and cheerful £15 Cardboard headset. However, the firm is reportedly gearing up to go head-to-head against Samsung with the launch of a mid-range Android-powered VR headset.
This standalone head-piece won't be as powerful as HTC's Vive or the Oculus Rift, according to rumours, but will stack up to Samsung's Gear VR headset.
Google has been trialling self-driving vehicles for some time and recently announced that it's on the hunt for people to test them. This hints that the firm could be gearing up to show the driverless cars to the general public for the first time, and that it will potentially reveal its driver-free minivan project.
Android apps on Chrome
This year's I/O might, after endless speculation, finally witness the uniting of Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.
Reports last month claimed that Android apps could finally make the move to Google's desktop Chrome OS after an eagle-eyed Reddit user spotted some sneaky code hidden inside Chrome 51.
Separate chatter suggests that Google might also set its sights on Jide's Remix OS with the launch of a desktop version of the Android operating system.
Google's Project Tango augmented reality smartphone tech has finally found a partner in Lenovo, which plans to launch a handset capable of 3D mapping later this year.
The firm might take the opportunity to show off the device during I/O, or Google might even showcase its own Project Tango hardware.
An Amazon Echo rival could also be on the cards for I/O 2016, as Google is reportedly planning to launch a voice assistant technology codenamed Chirp.
A report at Re/code said that the device will integrate Search and Google’s voice recognition capabilities, and will "closely resemble" an OnHub router. A launch is expected later this year.
Android Pay has still to make an appearance in the UK, but Google could be planning to announce a wider rollout of the contactless payments service during this year's I/O conference.
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