On Wednesday, Google kicked off it annual conference for developers.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a succession of company execs took the stage to talk up the latest milestones and to unveil new and upcoming products.
Among the new goodies: updates to Android, Google Home, Google Assistant and YouTube. As well as nifty new services like Google Lens, which uses your smartphone’s camera to identify objects in the real world.
And Google highlighted the expansive reach of its platform, with its Android operating system now installed on 2 billion devices.
Here’s all the new stuff Google unveiled at I/O 2017:
Google is rolling out “Smart Reply” to over 1 billion users of Gmail on Android and iOS. The feature uses Google’s machine learning capabilities to respond to emails for you.
Google Lens is an impressive technology that allows your phone to recognize objects in the real world and take helpful actions. Point your phone at a WiFi router, for example, and Lens will show you the right password. Point your phone at a restaurant on the street and Lens finds online info about the restaurant. Lens isn’t a standalone app, but rather a technology that will be baked into other Google apps, starting with Google Photos this summer.
By the way, Pinterest trolled Google I/O on Twitter over the announcement of Google Lens. Pinterest has already released its own app, called Pinterest Lens, which does a similar thing.
AI and machine learning is a big focus for Google. It announced “Cloud TPU” which is a cloud service for training machine learning apps. It is essentially a very fast, very big computer that app developers can rent as a cloud service.
Autodraw. This is an “AI experiment” tool that was released a couple of weeks ago. It helps you learn to draw by automatically guessing what you sketched and serving up a better version. “Even I can draw with this thing,” Pichai said.
Google added a lot of new features to Google Assistant, Google’s answer to Siri and Cortana. The big news: Assistant, which was released on Android last year, is now available on the iPhone. Google also added the ability to type to Assistant on your phone, so you don’t need to talk out loud to it, and Google added support for more languages.
Google Assistant also now has a software development kit to let app developers connect their their services to Google Assistant (and to devices that use the virtual assistant like Google Home). Google is getting serious about taking on Amazon Alexa.
Assistant will soon work with Google Lens, too. So you can point your phone at something, such as a concert hall marquee, and Google Assistant will add the event to your calendar.
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SOURCE: Business Insider, Julie Bort and Steve Kovach