Techies and developers took full advantage of this year’s annual Google I/O festival at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California from May 17-19, 2017. Google I/O is an annual developer’s conference held in California near Google headquarters. Their A-list executive team annually organizes Google I/O, which began in 2008. “I/O” stands for input/output, as well as the slogan “innovation in the Open. The conference opened featuring a Live Keynote presentation from CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai shared insights into Google’s new products and platform innovations.
To be expected, day one contained many key announcements. Highlighted below are the keynotes that included Android O, Android Go, Google Lens AI, Daydream VR, and Google for Jobs, and much more.
Android O is Google’s eighth operating system to follow the lettered naming convention. It has graduated to beta status, and is available for download on compatible phones now. A full release is to follow later this summer. A noteworthy feature of Android O is the vast improvements in battery life. Background applications such as location services now update Google Maps less frequently. The new operating system manages what apps do in the background more efficiently while multiple apps are open. This drastically reduces battery drainage. Picture-in-picture on Android O enables a video to keep playing while interacting with another app.
Google Lens AI
Google Lens was the highlight of the I/O conference. This AI enables your camera to become smart. Lens enables you to point your camera at something and it tells you what it is. During a demo, Google pointed a camera “Google Lens” enabled at a beautiful flower. Lens AI (artificial intelligence) was able to identify what type of flower it was. In another demonstration, the camera took a photo of a business’s storefront – and Google Lens could pull up the name, rating and other business listing information in a card that appeared over the photo.
This amazing smart camera technology enables you to both capture the world and interact with what is in your Google Lens viewfinder. I am really looking forward to seeing this feature further demonstrated.
Additionally, Pichai showed how Google Lens gives your camera shots machine learning capabilities. For example, if an object in the foreground obscures your subject, Google Lens can wipe it out automatically. A young girl playing softball behind a chain-linked fence illustrated this feature in action.
Google Assistant was the main highlight of last year’s presentation and now it can do many more cool things, powered by Google Lens. Google’s Assistant can translate languages on the fly without the need of a third-party app. Google Assistant is now too available for iOS, which is a smart strategy by Google. In addition, the smarter assistant enriches the capabilities of Google Home’s smart speaker, positioning it to be a greater value than the Amazon Echo.
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About the Author: Jonathan D. Davis is a technology geek, entrepreneur, minister, educator, and dedicated mentor to children. He has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications and electrical industry. He has traveled extensively, while serving in a wide assortment of IT roles including Research Support Engineer and Subject Matter Expert. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jonathan caught the technology bug at a very young age. Since then, he has developed a curious knack for identifying the next game changing technology and technological innovation. From the age of four years old, he showed early signs of his gift by his enjoyment of taking any piece of electronic hardware apart to see how they worked and putting each back together. Shortly after, a school field trip sparked his excitement in learning about robotics, electronic gaming, and aerospace. He became inspired by his favorite inventors, Granville T. Woods and Nikola Tesla who are Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, to pursue an education in the same disciplines. He currently serves as an IT Business Consultant with AstroTesla, LLC.