Google I/O 2017 is a little bit different from every year but this time it’s more of a Developer Conference for people who use Google software and for all the developers of apps that run on that software so there is no new hardware there’s no pixel 2 or anything crazy like that happening here there is a lot of googly software a lot of machine learning and image recognition and all that fun stuff that will eventually make it into the devices.
So today we will tell you about Top 5 announcements from Google I/O 2017
Google lens is a new capability that will start showing up in assistant and photos and others that’ll let you point your camera at an object and get more information about that object now if that sounds familiar that’s because it is we’ve had stuff like Google Goggles but Google lens and assistant is so good you can point it out a flower and it’ll tell you not only that it’s a flower but what kind of flower it is or if you’re walking down the street and point lens at a restaurant because Google Maps knows where you are image recognition is pretty easy to overlay info about the place you’re looking at and even more awesome you can point lens at the bottom of a router that’s sticker you know where it says the username and the password and the SSN and it’ll log you in instead pretty awesome isn’t it.
Google Assistant on iPhone
Google assistant is now available on the iPhone you can get it from the App Store you can get it right now and this is the exact same assistant it works the exact same way as it does on Pixel phones or any other Android phone so that’s awesome and you can also even type questions to it so if you’re in a quiet place and you don’t have the space to ask things out loud to it you can type what you want to know and hit Send and it will answer. Google assistant will hopefully be in way more places really soon thanks to the SDK (for developers) becoming available to third-party developers.
Android O Beta Version
Android O and you’re probably you’re probably familiar with Android O because I have already written a post on Top Five Features of Android O but for now they have announced that Android O has graduated from a developer preview to a beta so now it’s available in the beta Channel anyone with a Pixel or a Nexus can download it and you can check out a couple of new features that have also made to it. This version one feature I really like is the picture-in-picture mode which is sort of like while you’re doing one thing you can continue doing that in the background and move to another thing and just hit the home button to continue multitasking you get a floating window that continues your background tab so while you’re watching a YouTube video you can hit home and open up a Notes app and start taking notes while the video plays along you’re done you can literally just swipe it away there’s also something called notification dots kind of like something you would see in iOS where you have those little badges for a notification icon notification dots are the same way they’ll indicate on an app on your home screen where you have notifications so to check that notification you can either pull down in the tray like normal or you can actually long press that app icon on the home screen to look at it and that’ll give you the same information.
Google Photos Suggested Sharing
Google photos so it already organises your photos just by things that are recognised in them it recognises that faces the locations places you took them the landmarks in the background all sorts of things like that now just making that information more available to you so there is something called suggested sharing where it recognises faces in your photos and essentially suggests that you share those photos with the people that are in them there’s also shared libraries which can automatically share every photo you take of your kids for example with your partner and possibly the coolest one is some automatic photo manipulation the example they showed on stage was incredible I hope it works like that.
Google Home has Become A Pro-Active Assistant
Google home again you may or may not have one of these but it’s getting some improvements. Google now sometimes gives you little notifications telling you there’s a traffic incident on your normal route or something that kind of thinks you might want to know ahead of time which makes him a Proactive Assistant Google home will also be able to do that but since it doesn’t have a display it’ll do that with the lights on the top so now when you see it lighting up by itself you can just ask what’s up and it will tell you that news. There’s also hands-free calling come onto Google home which we think it’s pretty awesome. Now can even start showing responses to questions that require a Visual Response on to your TV or your phone so before it wouldn’t make sense to ask Google home a question like show me my calendar because there’s no display obviously but now since it’s smart enough to connect to your TV or your phone it will show that response on a device with the display which is pretty convenient.