Finally, Google I/O officially kicked off a few hours ago (YAY!). The keynote made a lot of announcements and a lot of speculations. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai went on to discuss the future roadmap for Google Assistant, Google Home, and VR.

According to Pichai, Google is moving from a mobile-first to an AI-first world. I know that’s pretty dope. Let’s quickly dive into the list without much further Ado!

Here are the Top 10 Biggest announcements at the Google I/O 2017 Keynote

2 Billion Monthy Active Android Devices

Yay! Sundar Pichai kicked off the event by making this statement. The number is huge. With a global population of 7 billion and some users to be 2 billion, this clearly shows the enormous dominance of Android. Kindly note that it is the number of Android devices and not Android phones! 😀

Google LensGoogle Assistant - Google Lens

Google Lens is a simple new way by which you can know more about your surrounding. As the keynote demonstrated, suppose you see a flower. You want to know its name. What do you do? Fire up Assistant open camera and long press home. Assistant will open up and tell you about it. Or, you went to China, and you don’t know to read Chinese. How do read something printed in Chinese? Follow up the same steps and Assistant will translate the text in real time for you. Where else have you seen this feature? Yes, Google Glass and Samsung’s Bixby!

Hands-free calling from Google Home

When was the last time you used a landline to call someone? Ten years ago? Google wants to bring back the trend. Starting today, you can start to make calls from the Google Home. By default Assistant calls by a private number (Pretty cool, right?) but there’s an option by which you can set it to your number. As of now, this feature is available only in the US and Canada. And yes, it’s free!

Standalone Google VR Headsets

This VR headset is a new concept. Google is partnering with HTC and Lenovo to make standalone VR headsets. Okay, but what’s standalone VR Headsets? They are VR headsets that will not require any external connections for VR access. So, enjoy VR sans phone or cables! Shortly after the event, HTC teased its HTC Vive headset but still no clue!

Android Go

Google also announced Android Go.  Android Go is a simpler and smaller version of Android. Android Go is aimed at devices with less than 1 GB of memory. Now, why do we need this stupid new Android? It won’t matter to you much, but it is a pretty big deal for many people who haven’t had a phone yet. The new Android will be a streamlined version of Android. All the necessary things will be there along with a free preview of YouTube videos. Those videos can be downloaded when you connect to a Wi-FI.

Kotlin

Google has never added another language to Android but now here’s Kotlin. What’s a great deal about Kotlin? Frankly, I haven’t used Kotlin much, but a know a few things about it. Firstof all, it also runs on JVM. It is a lot like Java. It doesn’t have a semicolon. The online IDE of the language is not bad; you can head there to try Kotlin out.  It is simpler and faster aimed to make app developments faster. Kotlin will be fully made available from Android Studio v3.0. Google I/O 2017 didn’t quite mention future of Java, but it seems pretty gray.try kotlin Google

 

Next gen AI chip

This one is cool! Hear me out! As Pichai stated the future lie in AI that is machine learning. Meaning letting “learning to be learned” – letting algorithms advance themselves by themselves.

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This tech includes Google Assistant and Google Search. Google I/O 2017 made way for a new form of a chip that’s designed specifically for machine learning. This new Tensor Processing Unit(TPU) makes ML faster and simpler. Google plans to integrate cloud computing into Android with AI.

Google Photos 

Photos will let to share photos seamlessly.  You had pictures of your friend from the party yesterday, and he asks for his pictures. Open up Photos and click on share ‘his’ pictures to ‘him.’ All done! Photos now also has shared libraries. Create a shared library named family, and store all of the family photos from all your family! There’s also something called Books. Books are primarily digital photo frames available for order at $9.99 on Google photos site.

There’s also something called Books. Books are mainly digital photo frames available for order at $9.99 on Google photos site. Google photos can now also remove unwanted stuff from images. Want an example? Here you go:

 

VPS (Visual Positioning System)

Do you get lost on large stores and can’t find your way back? Welcome, VPS! VPS will map out the path you have taken. I am not quite sure as to how does it work but with markers on top of markers mapping should be easy. So whenever you have to retrace your path you can follow your VPS.

 VPS (Visual Positioning System)

Google Assistant

Finally, Google Assistant is coming in several languages including French, Korean and Spanish. Assistant is now available on iPhone and when new languages arrive on Android same would arrive for iPhone. Assistant is now more conversational and as said, is future to AI on Android.

That sums up our list!

Don’t forget to tell us what’s your pick for the best announcement!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Gaurav Swansi

    May 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Can’t wait to use Google Lens!

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  2. Kena Denda

    May 19, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Google didnt talk too much on their new Android O… Also not even reveal the name of what O is..

    Reply

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