Google I/O Keynote

In case you missed it, last night was Google’s I/O Keynote. Here is the breakdown of everything that was announced.

It all starts with Sundar Pichai the CEO of Google Inc takes the stage to discuss some numbers. There are now 800 million monthly active users on Google Drive, 500 million for Google Photos with uploads of 1.2 billion photos per day. There are now 2 billion people who use an Android device as there mobile of choice.

The big theme for this years conference was Artificial Intelligence. Google are going to apply a layer of AI for all of its products. It all begins with Google Lens, which will let smart phone cameras understand what they see and take appropriate action:

  • Taking a photo of an object and it telling you exactly what it is.
  • Connect you to your home WiFi by taking a photo of the sticker on the router.
  • Take a photo of the shop you’re about to go into and it’ll bring up all the information about it (ratings, business information etc)

The intention of Google Lens is to turn your camera into an interactive device.

Google.ai is going to be a new initiative to share research papers, tools and more with the rest of the AI community. The new site will host research from Google and it’s Brain Team to allow anyone to access fun experiment that highlight the company’s progress in this field.

  • AutoDraw will make it possible for an unskilled artist to put their ideas on paper.
  • Duet will let piano players play along with each other.
  • Quick, Draw is a game where and AI has to guess your drawings .

Now it’s time to discuss Google Assistant. Assistant started out on the Pixel phone but is now being used on 100 million Android devices, but don’t worry if you’re an iPhone user Assistant is coming to you too soon. It’ll start out in the US, with the worldwide release after. What’s more is that Google are constantly adding new features, and trying to make it more conversational. If you’re in a crowded or noisy area you’ll be able to type your query instead of speaking it.

Google Photos. With everything Google like to implement changes and give users the best experiences possible, and Photo’s is no different. Some of the mentioned features include:

  • Suggested Sharing – A new sharing tab which can suggest who it should be sent to based on the content of the picture, and send it an sms or email to anyone who hasn’t got the app.
  • Shared Libraries – A new option in the menu, which allows you to share certain types of pictures or pictures taken on certain dates. It will also give you the advantage of saving straight to library, and even a notification of when new photo’s are added. Update coming in the next few weeks.
  • Photo Books – Select photos and the app will choose the best layout automatically, you’ll confirm the order and then buy it (Only available in the US currently, but will be coming to more countries soon).
  • Google Lens will be integrated into Photos as well.

YouTube are going to be expanding their 360 degree videos to their TV app. This will give users an experience that traditional TV just can’t match.

Carrying on with the TV theme Android TV are getting a new launcher plus Google Assistant integration.

Everyone myself included were waiting for Google to announce some Android news, whilst they didn’t announce the final name of Android O, they did confirm it is now available as a beta, and pointed out that a full release of O in the summer.

It’s now time to talk about Android optimizations. Up first we have Vitals, which will include the following features:

  • Security enhancements
  • Machine learning scanning apps to keep devices secure, if anything found is harmful it will be disabled or removed.
  • Google Play Protect is there to show that they are keeping devices secure
  • OS Optimization – helping your device boot twice as fast and limiting background processes for various locations.

Following on from Vitals it’s time to talk about Android Go, a budget android platform designed for lower powered devices Android Go will be focused on devices with less memory, with the system UI and kernel able to run with as little as 512mb memory. The apps will be optimised for low-bandwidth and memory. There will be an included version of the Play Store designed for those markets and will highlight these apps. Alongside this there will be a new program launched called Building for Billions which will help developers create these new optimised apps.

Google are saying goodbye to Java and hello to Kotlin a more modern coding language.

And finally Daydream will be getting more device support including the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, a standalone VR headset (coming soon), it will be optimised specifically for VR including tracking, display and optics.

And there you have it. Everything from Google I/O. Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

And stay tuned for a special update from us coming soon.