Google IO 2017 Keynotes What To Expect

Google IO 2017The Google I/O 2017 developer conference has started and the keynote has already begun. The conference will run from May 17 to May 19 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in sunny Mountain View, California.

The Keynote commenced yesterday with Sundar Pichai talked about the Google’s ever increasing number of users across its key services like Gmail and Youtube, how people spend hours and hours each day on YouTube, navigate Google Maps, Google Drive , 500 billion active users on Google Photos and around around 1.5 billion users who upload photos using Google.
Android currently has over 2 billion active users as of this week.

Source: TheVerge

He made an announcement of the new initiative Google Lens and later also mentioned about Cloud TPU. Google Lens is featured with capabilities that enable intelligence mixed with reality, where it performs a text and object recognition and fees it into other apps to act upon. For example, it can be used to view your router serial numbers and automatically provide you with the details like the serial number or the barcode.

He mentioned about the Cloud TPU which are optimised for both training and inference. Each board has four chips in it and each board is capable of 180 trillion floating point operations per second. You can use them for data centres and its design is such that it can be easily stacked, where 64 boards can be combined to make a supercomputer called TPU parts and each part is capable of 11.5 petaflops.It will be introduced using the GoogleCloud platform. Bringing all of Google AI efforts under where it will focus on state of the art research, tools and infrastructure and applied AI.

Android O 
Dave Burke, VP of Engineering at Android, updated the audience on Android where he revealed 82 billion apps and games have been added by Android users in the last year which comes to around 11 apps per person on the planet.

He disclosed about the PIP integration which is being added in the latest Android O version this summer. It also comes along with ‘autofill’ feature which the Chrome users might be aware of, used regularly for filling out forms that require personal information to be entered. This feature will be extended to the Apps in Android O. According to Burke “takes the pain out of setting up a new Android phone or tablet”, and am sure most of us agree with it.

It also comes with a new feature called ‘‘Smart Text Selection’. In the previous version, we all have been used to double tap or hold to select words we wish to copy paste but Google wishes to improve this. Google will understand what you want to select using machine learning and you end up spending less time fiddling with the selection handles.

It also comes with a new feature called ‘‘Smart Text Selection’. In the previous version, we all have been used to double tap or hold to select words we wish to copy paste but Google wishes to improve this. Google will understand what you want to select using machine learning and you end up spending less time fiddling with the selection handles.

For instance, if you were to double tap on part of the address it will select the whole address as it understands what an address is. It works similarly with phone numbers and email address or the name of a restaurant.

Google Home
Rishi Chandra VP of Home Products said – “We’ve been really busy. Since launch, we’ve added over 50 new features.”

The Google Home smart speaker will be launched this year in the UK and later would be launching in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan.

Rishi Chandra VP of Home Products said they have been busy and have added 50 new features to the smart speakers.

The new features include proactive assistance, users will be notified of upcoming events, as well as flight status changes and traffic delays.

Google Home will now come with hands-free calling which will be rolled out by next month to all US-based devices, Amazon Echo is already having this feature. You will be able to call any landline or mobile number in USA totally free if you are in the USA. The calling is personalised where suppose you say “call my mum” will ring different numbers depending on whose voice has been recognised.

Google Home will also have free music services of Spotify along with its subscription services. It will also get cloud support for SoundCloud and Deezer soon along with the existing YouTube Music.

It can soon be connected via Bluetooth to an Android or iOS device as it will soon get Bluetooth support as well. As far as support for TV goes it will get support for new services like HBO Now along with Netflix and YouTube which are already supported.

Google Assistant
Google will soon be introducing the Google Assistant virtual helper which will support typing requests at times when you are not comfortable talking aloud. Also, there has been a substantial progress being made in how well Google Assistant understands your commands.

Scott Huffman, VP of Engineering for Google Assistant said “Almost 70% of requests to the Google Assistant are expressed in natural language, not the usual keywords,” adding to this he said, “We’re really starting to crack the hard computer science of conversationality.”

Developers now will be able to add the new Google Assistant SDK enabling them to build Google Assistant into their devices including smart speakers. Currently, companies like Sony, Panasonic, and LG are working on this integration.

Finally, Google Assistant virtual helper will be soon available for iOS devices. The Google Assistant virtual helper has been on Google devices like Google Home and Android Nougat since 2016. Soon iPhone user will be able to download Google Assistant App.

Google Photos
Google Photo will come with a new feature called Suggested Sharing where it will prompt you to share images with people who it knows are in the photo. The feature will remind you to share and recommend who to share with, plus a feed of shared images.

It also gets the Shared Libraries feature which allows you to share an entire selection of photos with a person. It automatically saves photos from a group of people, once you’ve set up those initial sharing parameters. Both these features will also be available on iOS

Finally, it also has a new feature called Photo Books where you can compile a scrapbook of great snaps from your phone, and then get it printed out into a physical product. This will make printing photos easier using Google Photos.

VR and AR
Google announced its partnership with Qualcomm to build a standalone Daydream virtual reality headset.

This headset will be similar to the earlier but will not need you to dock a smartphone into a headset. As the head mounted display will come with its own features which include display and processor and will also offer positional tracking. It has been designed using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR reference platform with a Snapdragon 835 chip.

Though these headsets will not be sold by Google or Qualcomm, instead they will be used as a reference design to be used in third-party device makers to create their own VR handsets. The launch is expected later this year. HTC and Lenovo have confirmed to be building VR devices.

There are talks about Samsung Galaxy S8 adding Daydream support later this year and LG V30 might also have support for VR Headset.

The feature to stream live and pre-recorded YouTube 360 videos to your YouTube app on your smart TV. Earlier announced Super Chat now allows you to pay and trigger actions in the real world and creator also earns money from it.


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