Everything announced at Google I/O
Google I/O, a developer festival started May 17th. If you missed the keynote presentation, no worries we got you covered. You can watch the video or read the article below to know what new technologies Google announced at I/O 2017.
2 Billion+ Active Android Users
Sundar Pichai started the keynote by presenting the latest stats of Google services. He stated that Google services are now serving more than 1 billion users. Youtube users now watch about a billion hours of Youtube each day. He also said that Gmail is now rolling with smart replies.
Google Lens is a feature of vision based computing capabilities that can understand what u looking at and help you take action based on the information. For example, using Google Assistant and device’s camera user can easily get information about a product, connect to wi-fi using QR-code, etc.
Google made Cloud TPU can operate 100 trillion floating point operations per second. These TPU can be used by the data center to operate and train their own AI and will run through Google Cloud platform. Google is using this technology to power medical research like Digital Pathology, DNA Sequencing. Other platforms like chemistry, auto-draw, data science, etc can take advantage of this technology. For more info go to Google.ai.
Google Assitant was unveiled last year and currently, it is serving about 100 million devices. Now, it is more conversational and ready to help with more tasks. It will now serve each person differently depending on their previous requests. With Google Lens, Assistant can now translate the word you want to be translated. With visual recognition, Google Assistant can now search for related results.
Google Assistant is now available on iPhone too. It will also be able to display output to your desired screen in your home. For example, you can now say play Netflix on TV and it will start NetFlix app on your TV. Assistant will now be available to new languages like French, Portuguese, German, Brazilian, Japanese and by the end of the year, it will start to support Italian, Spanish and Korean.
Other features like following are also coming to Google Assistant
- Proactive Assistance
Google Assistant will notify you to take recommended actions by glowing the Google Home device.
- Hands-Free Calling
Google Photos now has 500 million active users worldwide uploading more than 1.2 billion photos and videos per day. It will now provide a suggested sharing, which will help you share only the best photos you took, to your friends and family. It will also be able to automatically share all your photos with the new shared library. You can define a special person like you best friend, siblings, etc to share the defined/special photos.
Google Lens will also be integrated into Google Photos. You can use it to get results from the photos you have already taken and later take actions to get suggestions and results.
Youtube is now introducing 360-degree videos on Android TV. With help of the remote, you can pan around the video. You will be also able to immerse yourself in live 360 videos on Youtube. A new feature called Super-chat you can emphasize and highlight your comment by paying some amount money. This will help creators earn more money and commit the task you want them to do.
Android is now powering 2 billion active Android devices. We have already written about new features available in developer preview, here. TensorFlow Lite is now coming to Android. It will help silicon manufacturers to make on-demand speech processing, visual recognition build onto the silicon. Google is also investing in security enhancement, OS optimization and better developer tools for making Android more user-friendly.
Google Play Protect is now coming to Google Play store to scan all your apps to find potentially harmful apps. With this and new changes applied to Android runtime, apps and boot will run 2X faster.
For developers, Google is introducing Google Play Console Dashboard. This new feature will help developer locate common memory bug, battery drain, and slow UI and provide guidance to make the app more user-friendly. Google is also introducing new programming language called Kotlin support on Android. Kotlin now has full support for Android runtime.
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Google is taking next step for Android One, a platform for low-end devices, called Android Go. Now Android Go devices will ship with optimized OS, configured Google Apps and all catalog of Google Play Store. Android Go will have more robust data-saver. Apps like Youtube build a new optimized app for Go devices called Youtube Go. It will show a preview of the amount of data you’ll need to watch a video based on the quality of the video. You’ll be also able to save a video for offline access when you may not have access to data. Moreover, you can also share the video you saved offline to your friends with built-in Offline Sharing feature. Developers can go to developer.google.com/billions for an overview on how they can optimize their apps for Android Go.
VR / AR
Google is now introducing DayDream (Google’s VR platform) in a new standalone device. It will not use phones, PC but is a VR device. They also announced that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ plus now support Daydream with software update this summer. Google is partnering with HTC to make new VR devices and Lenovo to make Project Tango devices. These devices will start to come to market in late 2017.
Project Tango is now more viable to integrate into a phone. Previously they were huge and bulky. They also introduced Visual Positioning Service, which helps users find things indoor. For example searching a product in a supermarket can be very hard, using VPS users can be guided to the place where the product is.
Google for Jobs
Google for Jobs will help employers to find employees more easily. Using cloud data and AI, Google will facilitate users with different aspects of jobs like full/part-time jobs, types of jobs, etc. Users can then choose or filter and sign up for the job they like.
So, what do you think about announcements at Google I/O 2017? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.