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6 Key Announcements from Google I/O 2017

6 Key Announcements from Google I/O 2017

Last week, Google I/O, the annual developer conference held by Google in San Francisco, showcased six key announcements about its platform in front of approximately 500 developers and the virtual world.

Here is a summary of what was announced and what these improvements mean from a business prospective.

Google I/O – Key Updates

Android O

Most of the updates coming to Android involve little tweaks to the operating system that make it perform better and easier to control. One of the easiest places to see these changes is in the completely overhauled Settings app, the addition of Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode and notification dots that show up as a tiny dot on an app icon as alerts roll in. While the full release will not occur until late summer, you can download the beta app now and get used to the new functionality.

Android Go

This is a new version of Android built for budget smartphones with 1GB or less of RAM. Both Android O and Go will offer access to Google Play for downloading third-party apps, however Android Go will show only apps that have been optimized to run on less-powerful hardware.

Google Lens

Lens uses computer vision and AI to make sense of your photos, videos and the real world. It’s basically Google search for everything you point at your phone or tablet, and identify what it is and its relevance to your existing photos or queries.

Google Photos

The app now has a new social feature called Suggested Sharing, which uses facial recognition to suggest which photos you should send to your friends and family. Another option called Shared Libraries will allow you to automatically share either all or a subset of your photos with specific people.

The company also announced it will offer printed photo books and will integrated Google Lens into Google Photos.

Google Daydream

This VR update, code name Daydream Euphrates, will be rolled out to all phones with Daydream support. As part of a larger move to support self-contained headsets that aren’t powered by phones, it will add a 2D panel that pops up on top of virtual environments, giving all users better access to normal Android functions in VR.

Google Assistant

Here is a highlight of new features on Google Assistant. It will:

  • Accept keyboard and voice input on phones and tablets, including iPhones and iPads.
  • Have Google Lens camera input that can identify objects and let you ask questions about them.
  • Work in more languages: Portuguese (Brazil), French, German, and Japanese. Later this year, Google will add Italian, Korean, and Spanish.
  • Be able to translate into other languages on the fly.

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