Google Poised to Roll Out Arsenal of Services, Gadgets

Laverne Mann
May 18, 2017

That's a significant jump in the numbers from last July when Google announced that it had sold 30 million Chromecasts since launch.

This year Google seems to be focussing a lot on machine learning and artificial intelligence for the I/O. These devices will automatically get Android Go instead of the full version.

Pichai announced Google Lens, the company's take on augmenting reality using the camera app to recognise objects in the screen and provide essential suggestions.

Dave Burke, Google's vice president of engineering for Android, also took the stage at I/O to give an update on Android O. The upcoming Android OS version is based on two core features: Fluid Experiences and Vitals. Open up the Google Assistant app, point your phone's camera at the first restaurant you see out your window, and the Assistant will recognize it and pull up its ratings and reviews. Scan business cards, receipts, connect to Wi-Fi, book movie tickets by pointing the camera at the posters, do it all. However, the speaker lacked the integral capability of setting up reminders, whereby the Google Assistant can notify the user of an appointment or a scheduled task. That's why anything shown at Google I/O this week may just be an early glimpse at the next generation of VR coming from Google. A few years ago, Google launched a similar effort with Android One. Google is also baking "wise limits" into Android O to tame apps that want to run wild in the background-saving your precious battery life.

Also expected is a new version of Google's Android operating system.

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Picture in Picture (PIP) display is now available so you can continue watching a video when answering a chat or ordering a vehicle. But due to API restrictions, it won't be able to do much. Daydream is Google's current VR platform that makes use of high-end smartphones to power the apps and VR experience. You can now ask Assistant to order you a pizza and even pay for it. The technology allows the Assistant to understand context.

Google says new tools will encourage sharing of photos that you might have meant to share, but maybe forgot. Google will also let you share whole photo libraries with others.

With such improvements in the Google Assistant, how can Google Home be left out? It's also found on Android devices and the Google Home speaker. Our voice is just about enough to do that now.

Google's AI will show up in other new products this week.

Further, he explains that nearly 70 per cent requests made to Google Assistant are in natural languages and not keywords. Developers will be able to see how many users are affected and will be provided with some potential fixes to make the app run better on Android devices. With this, Google now owns three VR killer apps.

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