Google I/O 2017, world’s biggest developer conference was commenced in California. Google CEO Sundar Pichai along with his senior mates has given updates on their working projects. Also, they unveiled about what they are going to work in the next one year.
There are few major announcements about upcoming Android O, Google’s Daydream project and various new features to the Google apps such as Google Photos, YouTube, etc. Mainly, Google has rolled out a bunch of new features to its Google Home. Particularly, Android Go to go on hands with great smartphone experience even on Android devices with 1GB RAM.
Here are highlights which Google I/O 2017 conference has unveiled:
More Interactive Google Assistant: Google Assistant to gained big and can now analyze your surroundings by using the camera. ‘Google lens’ gives relevant information on things which you scan from the Google Lens
Google calls it as ‘Google Lens,’ which gives relevant information about a thing which you scan from the Google Lens. Google is working on the artificial intelligence to enhance its Assistant.
Google Assistant is now available on Apple platform: The much anticipated Google Assistant on iOS is out now in the Google I/O event. However, the functionality is not similar when compared to Android phones. It would be more interesting to see how it overtakes iMessage via voice control’ and open apps.
Android gets 2 million active users: The event has begun with revealing the number of Active Android users. Android continues to stand high with more than 2 million devices. However, this includes Android Wear, Android TVs, and Android Auto beside smartphones.
Android O Beta Program now available for download: Google announced the Android O beta program for public. Users can directly sign up for the program by heading over to the website and avail forthcoming OS on your Pixel or Nexus phone instantly.
Android Go platform for entry-level devices: Android Go is a liter version of the Android targets entry-level smartphones. This lighter version of Android targets next million billions users with Lite Android OS and stripped down Google Apps.
Android Go comes with Google Apps which consumes less storage, and data from the regular Google apps. Besides that, it shows a stripped down Google Play Store suggestions of apps which run great on your phone. Android Go program is manly for the devices with less than 1GB of RAM.
Virtual Reality Headsets which don’t require a smartphone: Daydream technology is another huge aspect which Google concentrated at the event. Though Google Daydream virtual reality is a successful one, they aren’t many phones to support it.
Now, Google says that upcoming VR headset will be built by OEM’s such as HTC and Lenovo which won’t require a smartphone for virtual reality experience. It employs Google Tango Augmented Reality technology which Google calls it WorldSense. It would be more interesting to see how VR headsets perform when it hit the market later this year.
Google Home now gets Voice Calling Support: After Amazon Alexa, Google Home speaker has gained all attention in the segment. The search giant now comes with a voice calls support with Google Home itself. However, only users of the United States and Canada can use this feature.
Google Photos app users now get three New Attractive Features:
Google Photos app was launched two years ago and already has 500 million users now. Yesterday, Google announced three new features to the app- suggested sharing, shared libraries, and photo books.
The Suggested sharing feature allows sharing photo with contacts automatically based on its machine learning technology. You can automatically share a photo or album with your family or friends with the shared libraries feature. The photo books feature creates collages of your photos automatically and Google now offer printed photo books. However, this feature is exclusively available only for the US residents.
Kotlin Coding Language Support for Android devices: Google announced that it is making another coding language to support Android. This Kotlin programming language runs on Java Virtual Machine and Developers can build apps on it.
Android Instant Apps now available to developers: Google Instant Apps announced at Google I/O conference, allows you to try an application before installing it from Google Play Store. Google has now unveiled the feature for developers and can embed the instant apps API to their apps.