For Android people, Google I/O is both frenetic excitement – all the announcements! – And a huge party. Google just concluded its I/O 2017 keynote, where executives led by CEO Sundor Pichai laid out the company’s future road map for Android, Google Assistant, Google Home, Virtual Reality, and much more.
Here are all the major announcements from Google I/O 2017!
Android Surpasses 2 Billion Monthly Active Devices:
Android’s mobile dominance hasn’t stopped growing. CEO Sundor Pichai revealed at the keynote’s in Google I/O 2017 start that the tally of monthly active Android devices now exceeds 2 billion. That includes smartphones, tablets, Android Wear devices, Android TVs, and any other number of other gadgets that are based on the operating system.
Google Assistant got Smarter:
In Google I/O 2017, Google revealed that 100 million devices now have access to Google Assistant. And Assistant is about to get a whole lot smarter thanks to capabilities of Google Lens, the Assistant will be able to have a conversation about what’s on your screen. What type of flower you’re looking at, info about the restaurant across the street, etc.
The new Google Assistant SDK allows manufacturers to build Google Assistant into whatever device they want – from cars, TVs, drinks mixers to toys to home appliances, opening up the platform to significant new market. And new languages are coming too- French, German, Brazilian, Portuguese and Japanese.
Google Assistant Lands On iPhone:
As expected, in I/O 2017 Google announced that the Google Assistant virtual helper would become available on ISO devices. iPhone users will be able to download the Google Assistant app from Apple’s own App Store, giving Siri a direct rival on iOS.
Google Home Turns Into A Phone:
Like Amazon, Google is turning its smart speaker into a phone. Over the coming months, all homeowners will be able to place free calls to the United States and Canada. By default, Google uses a private number for this feature – but you’ve got the option of trying it to your own mobile phone number. The same goes for everyone else in your house, as phone calls support Home’s multi-user setup.
Home Gets Way More Useful:
This summer, Google Home will be launching in Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan. Proactive assistance will be coming to Google Home- for example, Google Home might light up, prompting you to ask Google what’s up, to notify you that you’ll need to leave earlier to reach your next appointment.
Home is now going to be able to control HBO Now, Hulu, Sound Cloud, Deezer, and more. Even better, Google is opening up access to Home’s Bluetooth radio, meaning you can treat it just like any other Bluetooth speaker.
Google Photos Adds Books And Effortless Sharing:
You know when you take a great photo with friends, but you forget to send it to your mates? Google is rolling out suggested sharing for Google Photos, which will prompt you to share images with people who it knows are in the photo. Your friends will never have to miss out on an epic group selfie again.
Google I/O 2017 also launched shared libraries, which lets you share an entire selection of photos with a person. There’s now feature called Photo Books that lets you compile a scrapbook of great snaps from your phone, and get it printed out into a physical product.
But wait, there’s more. In the Google I/O 2017, Google said that Photos will be able to automatically remove unwanted items in your shots. Magical.
Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets Are Coming:
One of the biggest announcements in I/O 2017 was that Google had teamed up with Qualcomm to build a standalone Daydream virtual reality headset.
This builds on last year’s Daydream platform, but removes the need for you to dock a smartphone into a headset. Instead, the head-mounted display will contain all of the necessary features, including a display processor – and even offer positional tracking.
The First Android O Beta Is Available Now:
The Android O public beta, and the second Android O Developer Preview, are now available to download on your Pixel or Nexus device!
The Secret Behind Google’s “Next Billion” Users:
Google is launching an initiative called Android Go to better tailor Android to low-connectivity devices. Starting with the release of Android O, the latest version Android not yet released publicly, devices with 1 gigabyte or less memory will receive versions of apps like YouTube and Chrome that use less memory. The software is also supposed to have features tailored for users who speak multiple languages.
Google’s New AI Chip:
Google introduced the second version of its Tensor flow Processing Unite, or TPU, called the Cloud TPU. That’s the hardware uses for Tensor flow, its open-source machine learning software, which developers can use to build their own Al-powered tools and apps.
Google’s Progress By The Numbers:
- Over a billion monthly active users across seven key services like Gmail and YouTube.
- Over one billion hours of video consumed each day on YouTube.
- Over One billion kilometers navigated on Google Maps every day.
- Over 800 million monthly active users on Google Drive.
- More than 500 million active users on Google Photos.
- 2 billion Photos uploaded to Google every day.
- Two billion active users of Android globally, as of this week.
There’s lots more to come at Google I/O, so stay tuned!