Keynotes about Google IO 2018

Every year Google uses I/O to showcase what the company is planning for the year – and sometimes years – ahead. CEO Sundar Pichai kicked things off by recognizing that the tech industry must always be responsible about the tools and services it creates. From there, the big announcements started and just kept coming. The conference was held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, Google used the show to highlight its efforts with AI and the future of Android.

Here are some key announcements of the conference:

1) Gmail – Smart Compose

Now Gmail can draft mails for you. This new feature of Smart Compose enables suggestions for the phrases that you can align with what you want to write in your mail. Here they use machine learning to start phrasing for you, all you have to do is “Hit Tab” and keep typing. It helps to complete your sentence while you are typing. This feature will be coming out in the next few weeks, whereas the G-suit users would have to wait

2) Google Photos – Suggested actions

With the advancement in the usage of AI, Suggested Actions help you some predicted action that you might want to do while scrolling through Google photos. For example as stated, if you have attended a wedding and Google can spot your friend Lisa in 3 pictures, it would suggest you to share the picture with her which can be done with a click. Further it enables you to bring your memories live by filling colors in you black and white images. Google Photos is gaining new features like the ability to separate subjects from the background in photos and pop the color or turn the background black and white. Photos can also now colorize your older photos, even if they weren’t shot in color to begin with.

3) Google Assistance – 6 new voices

Google has tried to eliminate the monotonous robotic voice of Google assistance TPU 2.0 and has added 6 new varieties of natural sounding voices for the users to select from, in its new upgrade TPU 3.0. The crowd went outrageous when Sundar Pichai announced that Google will be adding the voice of John Legend by the end of the year.

4) Google assistance – Continued conversations

Google unveiled its so-called “continued conversation” update for Google Assistant to make talking to the AI feel more natural. Rather than repeatedly having to say “Hey Google” or “OK Google”, with continued conversation. You can now give multiple commands at once which can interpret by Google assistance.

5) Google Assistance – Google Duplex

This was one of the features that astonished people when Sundar set forth the demonstration of how Google assistant could now mimic being a human and can phone up and make reservations on your behalf, or answer your calls. He played back a recording of how seamlessly Google assistant made a call for appointment for haircut in a salon which gave no hint of a robotic voice nor did the salon employee recognized they were talking to AI. The amazing part is that the assistant can actually understand the nuances of a conversation and then respond.

6) Google News

Application which Curates news by the help of AI, where it will help the users to keep up with the news they care about, understand the full story and showcase the news stories that you enjoy and support. It uses artificial intelligence to analyze all the content published to the web at any moment, and organize all of those articles, videos, and more into storylines. It will be rolling out in iOs, Android and the web in this month in 127 countries.

7) Google Smart Display

We haven’t heard much about Google’s Echo Show rival called Smart Displays, since CES but now we know they’re launching in July and will feature Google Assistant and YouTube. They build on its Google Home range by adding a screen to it. Google is thoughtfully integrating the best of the Google with its developers and partners all around the world to bring and visual together in a completely new way.

8) Android P

Google’s Android P, or Android 9.0, is coming later this year and Google I/O is, traditionally, where we get our first concrete details around Google’s latest mobile OS. AI underpins 3 main themes under this – Intelligence, Simplicity and Digital well being. It included features like Adaptive battery, Adaptive brightness, App Actions, Slice and  The ML Kit (includes on device apk’s like image labeling, text recognition, Face recognition, barcode scanning, landmark detection and smart reply).

Android P is coming later this summer but the Android P beta is available to download now, but only on certain handsets – namely those from Nokia, Oppo, Essential, Vivo, OnePlus and Xiaomi.

9) Google maps

Google has used AI to get more personalized directions and recommendations and the maps integration will leverage the camera, as well as computer vision technology, to identify landmarks as well as the direction you are facing. Point your camera in a direction, and Google will pair AI with Street View data to give you an interactive, AR turn-by-turn experience when you’re on the move. There’s even a cute little fox to help keep you on course.

There is a new tab added to the application named “For You”,        Google Map
which matches to your recommendations and gives information
about your neighborhood according to what you care about.
They further created a score rating called “Your Match”, which is
labeled to places helping to analyze the place according to your
likes and dislikes

10) Google Lens

Google lens is an amazing feature which actually enables and unrealistic thought into reality. A feature which can actually answer, questions like “Where you going” and “What is that in-front of you”. The company is introducing a new “style match” feature that will be able to scan something the camera is pointed at and help you buy it from internet retailers. It can further copy text from the real world into your phone.

After the amazing demonstration of all the new features of Google, Sundar Pichai announced a long term project that they have been working on – Waymo. Waymo are the only self driven cars, with no one in the driver seat, driven on public roads. These cars will be available by the end of 2018 for the service of people, where they can operate these cars from the Waymo application.



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