Google I/O 2018: Discover The Latest Product And Platform Innovations From Google! The Annual developer conference kicked off at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California today, with a nice festive ambiance where people, investors, and developers were cheerful waiting to learn the latest product and platform innovations at Google.
Just at the beginning of the keynote, Google announced the company rebrands its Google Research division to Google AI. Google has increasingly focused R&D on computer vision, natural language processing, and neural networks.
The Coolest Things From Google I/O 2018
- Hate Making Phone Calls? The Google Assistant Can Do It
- Google Teases AI-Enhanced Pics, Emails That Write Themselves
- Google Wants You to Put Down Your Phone (No, Really)
- Say Farewell to Android’s Familiar Navigation Buttons
- Google Assistant Is Listening: No ‘Hey Google’ Needed
- Lost? Google Maps Will Use AR to Show You the Way
- Play Rock, Paper, Scissors With This Google IoT Bo
Google will no doubt show off more features in the next version of Android, codenamed P. In March, the first developer preview of Android P arrived; it revamped the way notifications are displayed and paved the way for vendors to build smartphones that cop the iPhone X’s infamous “notch.”
Presumably, it’ll do away with the “recent” button, which lets you switch between apps. To access the function, you’ll instead swipe up on a new pill-shaped home icon. According to 9to5Google, the company has also decided to make the back button occasionally disappear when the phone goes idle.
During Google I/O 2018, the company may also highlight some new privacy features coming to Android P. Developers spotted a change to the operating system that will prevent third-party apps from monitoring your smartphone’s network activity and learning when other apps are connecting to the internet.
Google started off as a search engine provider, but the company has said its future is in artificial intelligence. Helping to lead that charge has been the voice-activated Google Assistant, which is finding its way to more and more third-party products.
Google I/O 2018 represents a chance for the tech giant to bring more developers on board to its platform at the time when Amazon’s Alexa has been reaching into homes through the company’s Echo smart speakers.
So don’t be surprised to hear upcoming features around Google Assistant, along with new partnerships. On Monday, for example, JBL announced that the virtual assistant software is coming to a hybrid smart speaker/TV hub called the JBL Link Bar.
The hype around Android-based smartwatches has faded, but Google isn’t giving up on the technology. In March, it changed the name of its OS for wearables from “Android Wear” to “Wear OS.”
Google implied it did this to avoid alienating iPhone owners, who have been gravitating to the Apple Watch$329.00 at Best Buy. “We’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible with wearables and there’s even more exciting work ahead,” a Wear OS director Dennis Troper said at the time.
Days before Google I/O 2018, the company announced some new features for Wear OS, including updates to the Google Assistant. The voice-activated assistant will now offer more responses to your questions. For instance, if you ask about the weather, your smartwatch will show you the current conditions, and display follow-up questions regarding the weather tomorrow or over the weekend.
One of the most promising products the company unveiled at last year’s developer’s conference was Google Lens. It’s basically a search engine that runs through your smartphone’s camera. Take a picture of a restaurant, flower, or obscure word, and Google Lens will identify and pull up relevant information about it.
The product was initially limited to the company’s Pixel phones, but in February, Google announced plans to bring it to more compatible smartphones.
Although the technology isn’t always accurate, it does present a game-changing way to do hands-free searches over your smartphone. LG said in a recent press release that “more details” about Google Lens will be mentioned at Google I/O 2018 this year.
The company is also reportedly going to talk up a redesign to its Google News service. According to AdAge, the revamp will feature more video from YouTube’s news section and load articles from media publishers faster. The company is also shutting down its Google Newsstand app a product that compiles news into a digital magazine but incorporating its features into Google News.