Every year Google I/O brings together developers from around the globe for an immersive experience focused on exploring the next generation of tech.

What has Google prepared for its annual I/O developer conference? This year, unlike the announcements of last October, the company mostly focused on the software. Starting with the numbers and recap – mainly AI and machine-learning everywhere – Google then announced several new efforts.

Android O

The developer preview of Android O was released in March but only at the conference Goggle unveiled the official version. Participators also saw the new Android Go, a slimmed-down, less demanding version of the operating system to power devices in emerging markets.

Google also displayed demos of picture-in-picture, Notification Dots, smart copy-and-paste, and other features to enhance speed and security and improve the phone use.

Google Home

Google Home, a smart speaker for Google Assistant, has been considerably upgraded. A set of new features includes hands-free free calling (outgoing only, to start), Spotify integration (as well as SoundCloud and Deezer), Bluetooth support proactive assistance” otherwise known as push notifications.

The question remains: if that is enough to compete with the Smart Home-hub leader Amazon Echo?

Google Assistant

Firstly, the support for Whirlpool and GE appliances has been added to Google Assistant. Secondly, Search and Google Assistant have benefited from the company’s machine learning progress. Now, it will be possible to type into Assistant on the phone and it will respond to what you show it through Google Lens’ eye (the camera), for example help you with translations. Thirdly, Google Assistant is already available on iOS. Google has unveiled a developer’s kit to bring it to a whole bunch of other devices.

Google Photos

Google has added Suggested Sharing to remind you to share and recommend who to share with, plus a feed of shared images. You can automatically save photos from a group of people via Shared Libraries and set your own rules based on content for adding. Google demonstrated automatic sharing kid’s photos with a partner.

Google Lens is being integrated into Photos for example, to help identify places and bring up information about them.

VR and AR

Google announced an unnamed Daydream-compatible headset, a standalone wireless VR headset with built-in positional tracking, following the release of Daydream View phone-based headset last year. The updated headset doesn’t require a phone.

YouTube

Soon, you will be able to stream live and prerecorded YouTube 360 videos to the YouTube app on the smart TV. The previously announced Super Chat, which lets you throw money at the person running a livestream, will now let you make stuff happen in real life.

Google has also announced Google Jobs, the platform designed to facilitate the process of job search.

We will see if the innovations presented at Google I/O developer conference will be a success.

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