Many of us have been waiting for Google’s developers conference better known as Google I/O Conference 2017. After Facebook’s developers conference and it’s amazing and astounding announcements, here comes Google I/O conference.
Google I/O conference is led by CEO Sundar Pichai. From being a Vice President of product management to successfully launch of Chrome Browser in 2008, Pichai has been handling things in different Google departments and now he was chosen to become CEO on 10th August 2015.
Like every year, expecting a few surprises is natural, let’s discuss what was covered on Day 1 of this grand developer’s conference.
It all started with numbers and achievements done by Google so far.
Achievements So Far
CEO Sundar Pichai, proudly announced that Android is being used by 2 million people around the world. Google Drive has 800 million users along with that 500 million users used Google Photos to upload their photos.
Wow, huge number!
Artificial Intelligence was one of the main themes in the conference. Google is planning to use AI layer in all its products. CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new initiative Google Lens.
He quoted, “Google Lens is a set of vision based computing capabilities that can understand what you are looking at and help you take action based on that information, He further explained it with an example, “If you run into something and you want to know what it is, say a flower, you can involve Google Lens from your Assistant, point your phone at it and we can tell you what flower it is”
New Generation TPU
CEO Sundar Pichai, announced the next generation TPUs, cloud TPUs which are optimized for both training and inference. Moreover, each board has the capability to 180 teraflops operations per second.
According to Pichai, “It is designed for a DATA center, you can easily stack 64 of these into one big supercomputer, collectively these TPU are called Pods, each pod can generate 11.5 petaflops. So Cloud TPUs are coming to Google Computing Engine as from today”
Next comes Google.ai
Google.ai was announced as a new initiative, the motive is to bring the benefits of AI to all. Basically, it is new AI platform for developers. It will allow them to develop machine learning applications in the cloud. It will be used to share research papers, tools and more with all the tools for AI.
More of Google Assistant:
Google Assistant is an intelligent personal assistant by Google and announced at Google I/O in May 2016. Initially it was for Google Pixel and gradually it has been on over 100 million Android devices.
Google Assistant will soon be able to not only respond to your voice but also to the typed commands. This is going to be perfect solution if we are in a crowded environment.
VP of Engineering Assistant Scott Huffman announced that, “Google Assistant is now available on iPhone as well”. It means that it is widening its area of reach.
Hey Siri, watch out!
Huffman further added, “the new Google Assistant.spk will allow any device manufacturer to build Google Assistant into whatever they are building” Starting this summer, Google Assistant will be available in French German, Brazilian, Japanese and he promised that by the end of the year, it will be available in more languages.
Google Assistant is planning to extend the area of access, soon you will be able order steak from your favorite restaurants by it, you can send money to your friends, activate your connected home devices and much more.
Google Home is now upbeat! Whenever, Google Home has some suggestions for you, it will light up and suggest. For example, if you have a meeting scheduled, and usual route that you are going to take has traffic, it will either suggest you to take another route or leave early to reach on time.
Just like Amazon Echo, with Google Home, you will be able to make calls to any mobile and landlines in US and Canada free. Bluetooth is coming to all existing Google Home devices. You can play can any audio for any iOS or Android.
With the success of Google Photos, Google has decided to launch three new features to simplify the medium of sharing your precious photos.
Suggested Sharing: Machine learning is an awesome feature added to Google Photos, which will not only remind you to share your moments with your dear ones but also suggests you what photos and to whom you should share them with.
Shared Library: Do you have a special one with whom, you want to share every moment you captured? This new feature is designed to make sharing your photos easier than ever.
For example, now you can share all the photos of your kids with your wife and vice a versa so that you never miss a good memory of your children.
This feature will soon roll out on Android, iOS and web.
Photo Books: Sharing, not only happens with apps and screens, with this feature, it is proved to be true. With the launch of this feature, Google Photos will be able to identify the best photos of yours and offer them up as physical, hard bound printed photo books.
Two types of photo books will be available, s7-inch softcover and 9-inch hardcover books, and Google Photos will pick 40 photos that it thinks are the best. The softcover books will cost you $9.99, and hardcover will cost you $19.99.
YouTube – 360 videos
Soon, you will be able to watch 360-degree videos on YouTube’s TV app, including live 360 videos. Using the TV remote, you can criticize or comment around the video as well.
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube that people have watched content on YouTube for 1 billion hours in 2016.
Isn’t it great! Woah, world is getting hooked!
Android O is Just O, though nothing more about the name was shared so far. Now, it is available in beta version.
With Android O, you will be able to watch YouTube videos while making a grocery list. Wow, multitasking while watching YouTube videos that’s awesome!
Google’s vision of extending the reach of notification is the motivation of this new feature, Notification Dots on Android O. It is the new way for app developers to indicate that there is an activity on their app.
There are more exciting new features, like autofill from Google and picture in picture.
According to Google, in O, Google has concentrated on keeping the devices in healthy state and maximize the performances with restricted background execution therefore longer battery life and apps will automatically work faster by default.
No More JAVA
Goodbye JAVA, now Google announced Kotlin to be the official supported language used on Android.
Day Dream AR and VR – Standalone
Google’s aspiration is to make AR and VR a standalone device, which means no PC, no smartphone would be used to power your user’s VR experience. Just Put it on and it will work for you. Google has partnered up with HTC and Lenovo to make such devices.
Unfortunately, we don’t know when this vision would come to life, as Google imprecisely said, it is going to be coming soon.
Google For Jobs
Google has launched a search engine designed just for you to search an appropriate job for you. Now you can search from entry-level and service industry positions to high-end professional jobs. It is set to be coming in the weeks ahead.
Isn’t it a good news for all you job-seekers out there!
With all these announcements, we are thrilled and a little bit scared as Google is trying to impact every aspect of our lives. Stay tuned to know what all happened on Day 2 and Day 3.