Google I/O what you need to know


Today at Google I/O there was a ton of news
so let’s get started…. Google products are crazy popular. Google announced 2 Billion users on Android
and 500M on Google Photos. With seven unique products with over one billion
monthly active users each, there were a lots of new stats in the ‘billions’. One of I/Os first big announcements was Google
Lens, which leverages computer vision to bring smarts to your phone’s camera. Basically, you can point your camera at things
and Google will tell you the info it knows about it like the name of the restaurant or
type of flower it is. To help you better manage all those pictures
you are taking, Google announced three new updates for Photos. The first is Suggested Sharing which is a
lot like Facebook Moments. Google Photos identifies who from your Google
Contacts is in your photo and then gives you a nudge to share your album with them from
the app. The second is Shared Libraries. Shared Libraries makes it easier to share
with the select people in your life who you’re close with. You can now turn on a setting that will automatically
share photos with say, your mom or best friend so you don’t selfishly keep precious moments
stored on your phone all to yourself. Then there’s Photo Books. Google Photos will be able to identify your
best photos and offer them up as physical, printed photo books. It’s fast and quick with no curation needed. Home, Google’s helpful counter-top AI, got
some updates. With hands-free calling, you can now call
any landline or mobile phone in the US or Canada for free just by asking your Google
Home to make a call. Proactive Assistance lets Google Home talk
to you and give you updates without having you prompt it. And there were also a bunch of updates to
make streaming music and video easier. In other exciting news, Google Assistant is
now available on the iPhone. You won’t be able to replace Siri, but you’ll
be able to use the feature in Google’s dedicated app. It can answer much more complicated queries
than Siri, and it has third-party integrations. Google also made Assistant more conversational
and you can also type your queries instead of speaking them out loud. Android O Beta starts shipping today. It’s been available for a few months as
a developer preview, but now the rest of us can finally get our hands on an upcoming version
of Android. Also announced, was Android Go. It’s a lightweight version of Android for
crazy cheap phones. And on the opposite end of the computing spectrum,
Google is bringing machine learning to your phone with TensorFlow Lite. Now let’s talk VR. Google teased that it will be working on Daydream
all-in-one virtual reality headsets with partners like HTC and Lenovo. These headsets will be able to tell the position
in space relative to the environment around it, which no one has quite figured out yet,
and are slated for release in late 2017. In the nearer VR future, Daydream VR support
is coming to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus this summer AND Google also announced
LG’s latest flagship device is adding Daydream support as well. Who needs GPS, when you could use VPS instead? It is exactly what you’d think: a visual
navigation system that offers detailed indoor location positioning. Utilizing this new technology, you will never
find yourself lost in a mall or concert hall again. I wonder if they designed this for the Googleplex,
which is huge and has oh so many conference rooms. Well, that is most of it. There were more announcements that developers
are likely to be excited about like Research Cloud, Kotlin support, and Google.ai. You can find our full event coverage on TechCrunch.com.

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