From 15.5 to 17.5 this year’s Google I/O took place in California. Traditionally, this opens with a grand keynote. Sundar Pichai and his colleagues presented the latest trends and visions around Google in a two-hour presentation. We summarized the most important things here:
Google’s efforts in the field of artificial intelligence have been increased again last year. With autoML (automatic machine learning), Google designed a system that uses machine learning to generate neural networks, which themselves generate additional neural networks. These mechanisms should contribute to better results in medicine and science.
Even for the “simple” users this development brings rapid progress. This makes the Google Assistant even smarter and can make everyday life easier.
In a nutshell, Google wants to rethink all in-house products. The new principle for this is called “AI first”
Within the next few months Google Home will get other languages: German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French and Korean. New features make it possible for the Assistant to provide proactive help and information. In addition Google Home receives the possibility to make calls to the fixed and
mobile net for free. This feature will be rolled out in the coming months, at least in the US and Canada.
Google Lens sees the world differently
Google Lens extends the smartphone camera with the ability to recognize image content. It analyzes images and provides any existing information from the Google universe for it. Using machine learning, for example, Lens recognizes flowers and can name or address them and offers navigation to them. Google Lens will also be available for Google Photos in addition to the Google Assistant, so many users can enjoy these features.
Google Assistant comes to the iPhone
Previously, the Google Assistant was exclusive to Android. This has now changed, because Google released a standalone app of the smart assistant for iPhones and iPads. This is now available in the App Store.
Stand-alone VR Headsets
So far, Daydream VR headsets have always needed a smartphone to work. Google is now working on a stand-alone variant that includes everything needed for VR. You do not need another computing device, so VR works out-of-the-box. As a partner, leading VR specialists such as HTC and Lenovo have already been won, but no exact release date has yet been mentioned.
We probably could not imagine a world without GPS positioning. The problem is that this technology only works in the open air. Google is now using Project Tango on exactly one such indoor positioning system. A small video shows a possible purpose for navigation in a large department store. However, it has not yet been announced when users will enjoy this technology.
New Features for Google Photos
Two years ago, Google Photos was introduced. Since then a lot has happened. Every day a whopping 1.2 billion photos are uploaded. By means of suggested sharing, the user now gets suggested which photos he should share with which persons. Using machine learning, Google analyzes the photos and can present the suggestions accurately.
It is now possible to share his entire photo collection with other people. You can set filters so that matching photos are automatically visible directly in the photo stream.
In addition to Google’s search, Android is certainly the most important pillar. The newest version is now available in the beta program for all registered users. In addition to improvements in security and performance, Google wants to further improve the user experience. Thus, the integrated image in image mode now offers multitasking with just the push of a button and the Autofill function automatically fills all forms with the appropriate data.
Using Apps without Installation – Android Instant Apps
Last year, Google introduced the Android Instant Apps. Users should be able to use apps without previous installation. After a trial period, this option is now available for everyone.
An app optimized for Android Instant Apps can be opened by the user via any suitable URL. User can so z. For example, from a Google search to a specific product, directly into the right app that shows details about the product. There, the user can buy the product immediately and then comes back to his search. There is no need to install the app.
On the way to the next billion – Android GO
After two billion active devices per month, Google is on the way to the next billion. As the coverage is already very high in the industrialized countries, Google sees the opportunity of course in developing countries. Since the devices in these countries usually have to make do with worse hardware, Android will now have integrated in every version from O a Go mode. This mode requires much less resources, allowing for a smoother operation even on weaker devices.
Google’s usage statistics are as high as usual, but some numbers stand out: Android has broken through two billion active devices per month. For this purpose, smartphones, tablets, Wear and TV devices are counted.
Every day, 1 000 000 000 hours of video are streamed via Youtube. 500 million active Google Photos users upload 1.2 billion videos and photos daily. Google Drive now has a proud 800 million users. Google Maps navigates every user over a billion miles each day. The Play Store has loaded more than 82 billion apps in the last 12 months.
Nancy Lamas is a reputed content writer based in Virginia. She likes taking her precious time out to learn more about the trends and techniques in the field of app development. Currently, she is working at a renowned, mobile app development company in Virginia. Reading and Networking are her two favorite pastimes.
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