Google Inc, on May 17, kicked off its I/O developers conference that started with a keynote address by CEO Sundar Pichai and his team. The conference which lasted for about 2 hours, largely focused on what the company has been striving to get from technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) to virtual reality (VR) and its operating system Android O. In a report by Gadgets 360 website, apart from rolling out the beta version of Android O, the tech giant also highlighted some additional feature that will come with the new Operating System (OS). These additional features include more fluid experience along with a much faster reboot and app startup options.
The report further stated that Google claims Android O to be much faster compared to the previous generation operating systems. As per Google, the Pixel will reboot twice as fast on this new OS as compared to Android Nougat and also added that optimisations for developers to avoid issues like battery draining.
Google also made various announcements by the close of Day 1 of the conference covering advancements in products such as Google Photos, Google Assistant and updates in ML, VR and AR. Here are the snippets of the major announcements made during the Day 1 of Google’s Android IO developer conference:
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
i. Tensor Processing Units – aimed at powering machine learning – is into its second generation.
ii. Built to run machine learning algorithms faster and more efficiently.
iii. Optimised for both inference and training, it will help power the AI era.
i. Android O focuses on delivering a more fluid experience, faster response, and stronger vitals.
ii. Android Go, a special version of the latest Android release aimed at entry-level devices (up to 1GB RAM).
Smart Reply is coming to Gmail’s 1 billion users for Android and iOS.
New in Google Photos
i. Suggested Sharing identifies the best photos of your friends, and reminds you to share it with them.
ii. Shared Libraries share photos directly with a specific person — it shows up directly in their photo feed.
iii. Control the photos shared by selecting subjects, or a certain date forward.
i. It is now coming to iOS.
ii. The Google Assistant SDK enables Third Party Developers to easily integrate Assistant into their devices.
Google Lens brings a new way for computers to ‘see’
i. Learns more by identifying things around you.
ii. Perform actions directly within a Google Allo conversation.
iii. Identify buildings and landmarks in Google Photos.
Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality
i. Daydream is coming to the next LG flagship, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
ii. Standalone AR/VR devices coming, with hardware fully optimized for VR.
iii. Features WorldSense, a new headset tracking technology for tracking your precise movements in space.