Google IO 2018 Overview
What was announced so far at Google I/O 2018 (will be updated as more is released)
What is Google I/O?
Google I/O is Google’s yearly developer conference. This conference is normally where Google will release information about the newest version of Android and other cool tools developers can use to make Google’s software more accessible and easy to use. Much of this information goes over most people’s head but it’s cool to see where Google is going,
Android P Beta Program is Out!
The Android P Beta Program is out and it’s not just for Pixel phones! Phones like the Essential Phone and Oneplus 6 will be able to get OTA beta updates as well as both generation Pixel devices! This update comes with a brand new navigation bar, as well as more detailed information regarding how you use your phone. This update is meant to give users a better idea of how they’re using their phone, help them cut back on how much they’re using their phone, and make their time using the phone more pleasant. The Android P Beta is also out for several Wear OS smart watches so make sure you hit up the Beta link to check out if your device is supported!
Google is doing some more focusing on AI. This time they describe how their AI will assist in the medical field. Google’s AI will also assist you with forming emails in Gmail. I thought this was overdoing it a little bit but it will be fun to see what Google predicts you’re going to say next. There wasn’t much more interesting to discuss with AI but we already know that Google is constantly developing and expanding their AI.
Google Assistant is getting 6 new voices and more fluid, less robotic voices. Google was able to make phone calls with Google Assistant and the other person on the line didn’t realize they were talking to a robot. You also no longer have to constantly say “Ok Google” before each statement. Google Assistant will stay listening for an extra 8 seconds in case you have more requests. You can even ask more than one request in a statement.
Well…. They’re coming
There’s a lot to do with Google learning how you use your phone, what app you’re going to open and how bright you like your screen at different points of the day. Google also wants to help us with “Digital Wellbeing” the four points are: Understand your habits, Focus on what matters, Switch off and wind down, and Find balance for your family life. These are all amazing features and will help users better understand how they’re using their phone and how they can change their phone using habits.
“For you” will help you better understand the places near you and what’s going on in the areas you recently go to. Google also aims to help you better suggest new places to go by looking at previous destinations and reviews to determine where you may be interested in next. Google’s camera will also give you a glimpse of what’s around you and help give you directions based on what is around you. These features will help you personalize Google Maps as well as help directionally challenged individuals like myself.
Lens is getting smarter and will let you identify more exact brands and species of animals. This will hopefully allow Google to continue to gain more information about more specific objects and things.
Weimo is here take driverless cars to the next level. This will help build information to stop car accidents and help self driving cars better identify what they should be stopping for and make less mistakes.
There were many other announcement such as the release of Android Things 1.0, and an Android TV stick for developers. With so many releases please let me know what I missed!
What did you think about Google I/O 2018? I thought it was really interesting and encouraging to see all the work Google is doing with AI to make our lives easier. I’m already running the Android P Beta on my Pixel XL so shameless plug for my review which should be incoming in a week or so. Please let us know what you thought and we hope to see AI and machine learning implemented in smart but safe ways.