Google I/O 2016 highlights: VR Mode, Instant Apps, Google Home & more

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Google’s bustling I/O developer conference kicked off this week, offering the company a chance to announce what’s coming next for Android and Chrome OS. As well as shedding more light on what we can expect from Android N, the Californian search giant also detailed its plans for Android Auto, announced a new version of Android Wear and unveiled two new messaging apps. The company’s Android Pay contactless payments service launched in the UK, too. Here are the highlights.

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The first eSIM smartwatch is Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic

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Last year we first heard that phone makers and carriers were working on a new all-digital SIM standard called eSIM. The idea is that it can connect to multiple carrier networks, allowing you to switch phone companies without replacing your SIM. eSIMs are 90% smaller than the nano SIM cards too, providing a little extra space for batteries or extra circuitry. This week, Samsung announced that their next smartwatch?—?the Galaxy Gear S2 Classic?—?will be the first eSIM device on the market when it launches in March.

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