1Android O, Google Lens Grabbed Most Attention at Google I/O
Google I/O demonstrated once again the company’s ability to develop diverse mobile, cloud computing and internet of things products and services. The all-important Android O mobile operating system—already a well-known quantity—was overshadowed by some interesting initiatives. Most interesting was Google Lens, which will enable Android device users to use their mobile devices to shoot a picture of objects around them and obtain more information that is in context with their location and interests. For example, you could shoot a picture of a new car on the street and get details on features, prices and the nearest dealer. Google also discussed a partnership with an internet of things platform developer, Particle, to give enterprises a way to make IoT devices geolocation-aware without installing power hungry GPS modules on each device. Read on to learn more about what went on at Google I/O.
2Google Reveals Fresh Details About Android O
Google’s Android O was one of the biggest announcements at the show. Google said the operating system will be available “later this year” and feature improved notifications handling, to deliver more relevant information for users. Android O will enable users to multitask at once and includes features to improve battery and performance.
3Google Lens Links Information to Camera Images
Google Lens is similar to Bixby Vision, in that it can deliver contextual information about an object when users focus on it with their phone camera. For example, users could point the camera at a marquee promoting a band and Google Lens will deliver information about the band, tickets and more via Google Assistant.
4Google Assistant Coming to the iPhone
5Google Home to Support Hands-Free Calling
6Bluetooth Support Comes to Google Home
Perhaps the biggest new Google Home feature is Bluetooth support, enabling users to stream music from an iPhone or Android device. Google Home also includes voice-command support for a range of services including HBO Now and CBS All Access, and when used with Chromecast, answers from Google Assistant are displayed on-screen.
7Google Finds Daydream VE Headset Partners
8Google Investing in ‘Visual Positioning’ System
At I/O, Google announced it is investing heavily in visual positioning system, a service that’s similar to GPS but better, the company said. Google is combining Tango, its visual-recognition platform, with 3D technology to create VPS, which will be able to recognize objects around a person and determine their location within a few centimeters.
9Google Photos Gain New Facial Recognition Features
Google’s Photos app, which boasts 500 million users, received some big updates. The app now has enhanced facial recognition that automatically identifies a person in the picture and can send photos to them. Also new is Shared Libraries, which intelligently shares content between users. And new AI features can remove objects from pictures.
10Android in Use on 2 Billion Devices
11Google in Quest of 1 Billion More Android Users
Google believes it’s on pace to reach 3 billion active devices in the coming years and it intends bring a billion more people into the Android smartphone market. It will do that through Android Go, an initiative to make Android work well on devices with 1GB or less of memory. Android Go will use optimized Google apps and support similarly optimized third-party apps in the Google Play store. Google hopes to release Android Go in 2018.