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Android O, future of AI and other goodies from Google I/O convention

Android O, future of AI and other goodies from Google I/O convention


On May 17 Google had a convention of Google I/O developers. You can watch the full broadcast record on YouTube. Summarizing the results of this conference we have gathered top 10 main announces.

Android O

Actually it wasn’t a novelty as a company has shown its’ alpha version in March. It isn’t yet known what “O” means, but most likely it’s for “Oreo”. There were a few little announces about the system

  • New notification system. Notifications will be shown in icons like it’s doing on IOS but there will be more option to interact with them
  • “Picture-in-picture” mode
  • Google Play Protect. It scans billions of smartphones and 50 billions of application to detect any menaces and to block them it time
  • Autosave for usage in different applications
  • Limitation of background apps workflow for battery resource economy
  • Language support

Google Assistant for IOS

From now on “smart” assistant from Google is also available for IPhone and IPad users. Previously it worked only on Android devices but company didn’t want to limit itself by one platform. But so far it’s only available in English and functionality is limited: Apple doesn’t apply third-party assistants to be smarter than Siri.

Smarter Google Photos service

They have improved functionality of their photo storage service Google Photos that already has 500 million users. First, they’ve implemented Suggested Sharing function that automatically recognize peoples’ faces so you don’t to surf hundreds of photos to find 1, you can do it in 1 click. Shared Libraries do almost the same for one family.

Now Google Home can make calls

Google has made a phone from its’ home assistant. In the following few months Google Home users could make free calls in USA and Canada (they will pay only for traffic). The system creates its’ own number automatically but you can always synchronize it with your smartphone and make calls using it. If the family has several members, all of them could connect their phones.

Google Lens

Lens is maybe the most interesting functions presented on convention. With the Lens, smartphones should recognize objects using the camera and work with them. It’s a great addition to already existent Beacon technology. You can turn the camera to a billboard and receive all the information about it. If it’s an event, Lens could put the information about it to smartphones’ calendar. It can also be done to recognize the Wi-Fi password to automatically enter it. Lens will work with Google Assistant that was mentioned above.

Android GO

It’s a lite version of Android that will be installed on devices with a little memory and weak technical characteristics. The main purpose of this software is economy of system resources and traffic save.

Speaking about the first purpose, Google said that they will optimize all their applications to work with Android GO so they will consume less energy resources. And speaking about the second one, Google constantly tries to save expensive internet traffic for users in countries of Third World. For example, system will automatically lessen the traffic consumption automatically limiting some tasks. YouTube GO, for example, will show the size of a video so user will be able to analyze outcomes.

Mostly Google spoke about India as an example so we can predict an approximate target audience. Android GO will be released later this year.

Paradigm shift to AI

According to Sundar Pichai, Google has a new aim: complete implementation of artificial intellect and machine learning to all Google services. As a result, devices could be more useful, could save resources and offer more to its’ users. For example, they’ve presented Tensor Processing Unit - a special machine learning chip for developers and Tensor Flow platform.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

At first, Google continues to develop its’ own Daydream platform. They’ve arranged with Samsung about connection of the new S8 to Google VR glasses. Company has also announced that they develop completely new product - a VR helmet that doesn’t require a smartphone. The first two of these devices will be presented in association with HTC and Lenovo. They will be released this fall.

Google has also presented VPS - Visual Positioning Service marks. They provide better smartphone orientation inside. Based on these marks, company plans to build a navigation inside buildings through the virtual reality.

Two billions of users

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced that now there are 2 billions of Android monthly active users. This number includes users of smartphones, tablets, Android Wear devices, Android TV and all other gadgets that work on Android OS. Google will also release Android Things before the year ends.