The opening of the Google I / O conference has traditionally been one of the most interesting technological developments of the year. Although the conference is intended for developers, its announcements are also informative for users, since they slightly reveal the future development of the digital industry. Opening Google I / O 2017 was no exception. It was a lot, albeit without details, which, of course, would be most interesting to users.
Google will not let us down, making the digital reality more and more integrated into the reality of the ordinary. When on the scene appeared the head of the company Sundar Pichai (Sundar Pichai), it was time to pleasantly surprise. At the conference in 2017, 7,000 participants, a total of 400 events will take place. Of course, all the innovations of the search giant presented today will be considered more than once. Now we only need to briefly look at how technology will evolve in the context of Google's development, and rejoice at the successes already achieved.
It began, as usual, with the results, reflecting the success of the search giant figures of statistics. YouTube already has 1 billion users a month. Watched 1 billion hours of video. 60% of the videos on YouTube are watched from mobile devices. The time of viewing from the TV has increased over the year by 90%. The YouTube app is installed on half a billion devices, excluding phones. Over the past year, the number of live broadcasts on YouTube has quadrupled. Super Chat – a new opportunity to chat during the broadcast, simulating the effect of presence.
Every day, users upload 1.2 billion photos to Google Photos. Google Photos has 500 million active users. Running Android is running 2 billion devices. We are talking only about active devices. Gmail also has 1 billion users.
Google Photos will recommend sharing photos with people Google recognized in the pictures. And this is called "Suggested Sharing."
Based on Android Wear 2.0 create a 24 brand watch. Using Android Auto has increased 10 times. Volvo and Audi will install Android on their cars. Every 2 months – 1 million new activations Android devices. Later in the current year, the new downloader and Google Assistant will come on Android TV.
Android O will make its debut in the coming summer. Flexibility and compliance with real problems will be its distinctive qualities. Picture in Picture – when the YouTube window is open, pressing the Home button puts the playback into this mode. A new notification interface – Notification Dots and autocomplete, working in various applications, not only in Chrome. When selecting the text, the neural network will try to understand what the user wants to select, and will automatically select this fragment.
Real tasks include safety, battery life, launch time and stability. Google Play Protect will make security more visible and tell users about scanned applications.
Android O will start on Pixel twice as fast as it is now. Play Console Dashboards will tell developers if their application drains the battery too quickly. Will give developers to understand that such applications are not comfortable for users. And, of course, the emoji collection will be updated.
There were also very interesting facts. For example, in India there are already more Android users than in the US. And this means that the device needs to become more accessible. There is also a need to adapt the software to limited traffic and support for multiple languages. Android O is optimized for cheap devices. Including for those who have 1 gigabyte of RAM or even a smaller amount of RAM. The user interface and the kernel are optimized so that only 512 megabytes of RAM is sufficient. Optimized apps will appear on the Play Store.
The new programming language for Android is Kotlin. It will increase developer productivity.
Google Home uses machine learning to understand what the user said. Computer vision has also been improved. The first innovation of the presentation is Google Lens. Works in Google Assistant and Google Photos. You can run Lens from Assistant, point, for example, to a flower, and the system identifies this flower. Can receive a username and password from the Wi-Fi router. Has a system of text recognition.
Tensor Processing Units (TPU) – better than a simple combination of the central and graphics processors. 180 trillion floating point operations per second. All this for artificial intelligence from Google. A new generation of "cloud TPU". And it will be available in the Google Cloud Compute Engine. Artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used in the medical diagnosis of pathologies.
Google Assistant is now available on 100 million devices. With its help, the user's interaction with the search is simplified. 70% of requests in Assistant – in natural language, and not using keywords.
Lens will also be able to work with Google Translate and translate, for example, the menu from Japanese. But that's not all – you can also find out what kind of dish is it. Lens automatically works with recipes. Google Assistant is already available for the iPhone. A number of languages are also supported. Supports French, German, Japanese, Korean and Italian. Almost all the features that Samsung pleased with, having announced Bixby, are now available with Google Lens.
Actions – similar to the functionality implemented in Alexa, but from Google. Actions will come to Android phones and iPhone. Works with payments, recipes, creating accounts. Allows you to order food, for example. Added 50 new features. Google and other companies are trying to teach the user to make purchases using speech, but users are still more comfortable doing the usual input manually.
Google Home's innovations essentially make the whole house one big phone.
Virtual and augmented reality also continue to improve and develop. In the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 + Daydream support will appear in the summer of 2017 through the provision of software updates. A new type of virtual reality devices is a device that does not need a smartphone. Google works with its partners to create such devices. Qualcomm has created a reference design Daydream-helmet. HTC and Lenovo are also working on them.
Tango-phone Asus Zenfone AR will also be released this summer. Visual Positioning Service will help the user to find, for example in the store, exactly what he is looking for.
In Google Expeditions – the solution of virtual reality for education appears a regime of augmented reality, which will allow directly in the classroom to consider, for example, natural phenomena.
What did you find most interesting from the discovery of Google I / O?
According to theverge.com