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Google I/O 2017: Everything that was announced
May 18, 2017

Here’s a roundup of everything that was announced in yesterday’s Google I/O keynote.

Google’s annual developer’s conference commenced yesterday and as expected, we got a preview of upcoming products and services coming this year.  Here are some of the highlights of the keynote:

All about the numbers – Google CEO Sundar Pichai proudly mentioned that Google services like Drive and Gmail have more than 1 billion users across the globe. This also includes YouTube having more than 1 billion hours of video being watched on a single day and Google Maps users navigating more than 1 billion kilometers on its app. Google Drive and Google Photos have more than 800+ million and 500+ million active users respectively. But the main highlight is Android, which has recently crossed more than 2 billion active users globally.

Gmail – Google’s ever reliable email app will get smart replies that uses machine learning technology to give you suggestions on what to reply. The feature will also come to the Gmail apps on Android and iOS.

Google Lens – Think of it as visual search engine that can easily recognize images and (with the help of Google Assistant) give you recommended actions on what you can do with the image being recognized.

Google Assistant – Google’s virtual assistant is now available on more than 100 million devices and it will just keep getting better. Google Assistant is now also available on the iPhone (and also in multiple languages) though its functionalities won’t be as integrated as it was one Android. An API will also be made available for developers so that it can integrate it on their existing apps.

Google Home – Aside from updated functions like hands-free calling, Google Home will soon be (officially) available in multiple countries – though the Middle East is still left out.

Google Photos – The company’s photo-sharing and backup service is about to get smarter. Aside from instantly selecting the best images from all the images that you took, Google Photos will also suggest which ones you would like to share to your friends with the new Suggested Sharing feature.

Android O – We already got a preview of Android O earlier this year, but Google explained more features of the upcoming operating system with a strong focus on security and enhancing current services. This includes picture-in-picture support and a faster boot time. A beta preview of Android O is available to users who want to test drive the new OS.

Android Go – This is a new program that will tweak the current and latest version of Android to run the best way possible on entry level devices considering the hardware limitations it is running on. It will also curate the Google Play Store so it will only suggest and highlight apps that are fully compatible on the device you are running it on.

Standalone VR – With Google still full on supporting the power of VR, it mentioned that it is currently working on standalone VR headsets that will no longer need smartphones, cables or even a PC. Expect these standalone headsets to come later this year.

Google for Jobs – While not exactly a dedicated site for job hunters, it intelligently curates the best job vacancies that are right for you. This includes job postings from LinkedIn and Monster. 

by Victor Philip Ortiz

Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech – you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.