Google I/O is a major event for Android fans, developers, and indeed all techies. So we have put together some of the more important announcements that made Google I/O 2017 very interesting…
Android O Preview released
The wait for Android O is almost over for Pixel and Nexus devices at least. Google released the Android O Preview, and Pixels and Nexus Devices owners can download it from this link.
Android O brings in a few changes like Fluid Experiences that is well worth looking at. It is designed to make the user more productive by presenting multi-tasking tools for everyday use. Android O is expected to bring the much awaited AI to the phone platform in the form of Tensor Form Lite which is Google’s machine learning tool.
The new framework allows developers to keep AI components on the device and provide hardware to accelerate neural network features. Other important features in Android O are:
- Smart Text Selection
- Notification Dots
- Autofills and
Google Lens Unveiled
Google announced a new technology that makes good use of your Phone’s inbuilt camera. Known as Google Lens, it is a set of vision based computing capabilities that helps you understand what you are seeing. For example, if you point your phone to restaurants while using location data, Google Lens will fetch you important information about restaurants such as reviews and ratings. If your phone camera is pointing towards a flower, Google lens will provide you with details on that specific type of flower.
Google Assistant now available for Phone
You must have heard about Siri in iPhones, a virtual assistant that simplifies your tasks while using the iPhone. Based along similar lines, Google Assistant is finally available for Phone users. Launched in 2016, Google assistant was only available for Nougat and Google home devices. Google has released Google Assistant SDK for manufacturers and Developers and they can now build Google assistant for any device
Standalone Daydream VR Headsets
One of the biggest announcements made by Google at I/O 2017 is about its teaming up with Qualcomm to build standalone VR headsets with components built specifically for VR. The new VR headset will function as an independent device and you don’t need to dock it to your phone.
The head mounted display will also include a processor and Google VPS (visual positioning service) that will help you find specific objects in the real world using key visual feature points.
Google made several important announcements about Google Home, Android Go, Photos and other Google products. The Google I/O 2017 gave new hope and inspiration to the developers to work in a new direction.