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Google I/O 2018 Day 1: Android P beta program, Google News update, Maps and Lens get new features

Can Google make privacy central element of its products at I/O 2018? We will get answers later today.

  • Published: May 8, 2018 9:30 PM IST
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Now that Facebook and Microsoft have detailed their respective visions to developers, it is the turn of the other tech giant to show what it has in store. Google I/O 2018, the annual developer conference hosted by the search giant will be held from May 8 to May 10, 2018 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.

Google is the behemoth here in terms of internet technologies and its products touch more consumers than any other tech company in the world. Google’s mobile operating system, Android, is used by over a billion people globally while both Gmail and YouTube also have over a  billion active users. Google is the leader in online advertisements and it is the go-to the destination when you have to find new information online. Google has great power but I/O 2018 will show whether it has great responsibility to protect consumers using these platforms.

Google I/O 2018, being held in the wake of Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, will shed light on how search giant plans to tackle user privacy and how it helps to limit tech addiction among consumers. It is also expected to detail new achievements in the fields of Artificial Intelligence but might underplay the context due to skepticism surrounding the technology. It is almost confirmed that Google will debut second developer preview of Android P and might show the future of its wearable ecosystem, which was rebranded to WearOS recently. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his colleagues will have a lot to talk about at the event but developers will be looking for answers to the next frontier in computational technology.

Follow along for all the live updates from the world of Google:

Karthekayan Iyer May 9, 201812:25 am

Time to say Good Night. Thanks for following along. Let us know what was your favorite announcement.

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Key Announcements:
Android P beta program
Google News update
Google Maps and Google Lens native camera support
Waymo building better driver

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And that’s a wrap

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Waymo preemptively slows down its vehicles when it detects a car is going to run the red light

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Waymo has self-driven 6 million miles

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Apple CEO Tim Cook called Autonomous driving as the mother of all AI technology

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Dimitri is here to talk about AI used at Waymo

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Waymo reduced error rate in pedestrian detection by 100x

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At Waymo, we are not just building a better car, we are building a better driver – Krafcik

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Krafcik says autonomous driving is not a science fiction

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Waymo is the only company with fleet of self-driving cars in the public roads – John Krafcik

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Waymo CEO is on stage to talk about Google’s autonomous driving technology

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Google is talking about self-driving cars at I/O for the first time

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Smart text selection, style match and real-time results coming to Google Lens in the coming weeks

Nash David May 9, 201812:07 am

Google I/O 2018: Android P gets native support for iPhone X-like gestures

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Google Lens will now surface real-time results

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The next feature is Style match. Google Lens can now match styles matching to objects, clothes to name a few.

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Lens can recognize words and with the new update, you can copy and paste those text

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Google Lens gets three new features

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Google Lens will be integrated within camera on Pixel, G7 ThinQ and other devices

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Google is using Visual Positioning System to precise locate your device and landmarks around you

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It will also show nearby places using AR

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Google Maps will now instantly show you which direction you need to be headed to reach destination

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We have all been there is a common notion at I/O 2018

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Google Maps is also getting an improved sharing experience

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Google Maps gets Your Match to offer places that you will like based on personal recommendation

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Google I/O 2018: Google Assistant smart displays will go on sale in July

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Next up: Jen with Google Maps

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Sameer announces Android P beta program for Google Pixel and flagship from 7 other OEMs

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Android P is also getting new security options

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Google announces Wind Down mode where Assistant will turn on Do Not Disturb mode and turn on greyscale mode

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Google will now let you set time limits on apps and will nudge when you reach that limit. It will grey out the app when it you cross the threshold

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Android P will show a dashboard with how you are using your smartphone

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Google says 70 percent people want help finding the right balance

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Digital Wellbeing is all finding right balance with technology

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Digital Wellbeing on Android now. Sameer Samat is here to take us through

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The volume control now controls media volume by default in Android P. This will be a savior.

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The gesture seems to mimic one seen on iPhone X

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Android P now gets a new gesture support

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VSCO and PicsArt are using ML Kit

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Android gets ML Kit, a new set of APIs to do text recognition and image labeling and face detection

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With Slice API, ride-hailing startup can make it easier to book cabs to work or home

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Next feature is Slices, an API to render a slice of the app within search result.

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App Actions also works within Assistant and Google Search

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The launcher will now show quick app actions like call or enable workout

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Adaptive brightness in Android P being demoed on stage at IO 2018

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Android P is also getting UI changes with App Actions

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Adaptive Brightness now uses machine learning to adapt to ambient lighting conditions

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Google is promising 30 percent increase in battery life

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With Android P, Google is bringing adaptive battery using Deepmind’s technology

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Focus on Android P is on Intelligence, Simplicity and Digital Wellbeing

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Android P is the first step at AI at the core of operating system, says Burke

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Android has become more than just a smartphone operating system – Dave Burke

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Android has turned 10 BTW

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201811:29 pm

Dave is coming on stage to talk Android. Time for public beta of Android P.

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Google News update is rolling out today and will be available to everyone next week

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Google is directly competing with Apple News here, which acquired Texture recently

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Google News allows users to follow publications and subscribe using “Subscribe with Google”

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Google News’ Full Coverage feature is a must check out especially if you want more perspective on a single story

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Google I/O 2018: Gmail ‘Smart Compose’, Google Photos getting AI and machine learning-based features

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Google News app comes with Newscast which shows basics of a story and lets you decide whether you want to read it in depth.

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Google I/O 2018: Google Assistant gets better at talking with Continued Conversation

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Google News app is also designed with Material Design Theme

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Google is also putting focus on videos with the new Google News app

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The app works by reinforcement learning and shows topics based on use overtime

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Google News redesigned app now shows briefing at the top with five articles

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The new Google News announced and Trystan is here to talk about it

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Google News is getting AI treatment

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More great journalism being produced today than ever before – Pichai

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Google News time

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It will show number of times you unlocked the phone and amount of time spent on a app

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Android is getting a new dashboard that will show what you do on your phone

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Pichai says it can help Digital well being by focusing on four key areas as part of Android

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From FOMO to JOMO (Joy of Missing out)

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Sundar Pichai is now talking about tech addiction

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This feature will roll out as an experiment in coming weeks

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Pichai says this feature will save time for a lot of people

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Google Assistant understood even when the call did not go that well.

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Another demo. This time to a restaurant.

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The future is here. Google Assistant just booked an appointment with an agent. Using a phone. Deep Machine Learning. Text to Speech technologies.

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Google Assistant just booked an appointment at a parlour all by itself. This is future folks.

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Google Assistant can make call in the background to schedule an appointment. This is super cool.

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And Sundar Pichai is back on stage. Talking about AI. Again.

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Pichai is back on stage but do note how Google is evolving beyond touch with Assistant

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Google Maps is coming with an Assistant built in. Could expect better interactivity.

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Google Assistant is coming in navigation in Google Maps this summer.

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The visual experience is coming to Android this summer and iOS later this year

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You can order coffee at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts using voice

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Google is bringing smart home controls right to the Assistant screen

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Google is bringing YouTube TV to Smart Displays

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First smart display based on Google Assistant will go on sale in July

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Google is bringing voice and visual assistant together

Nash David May 8, 201811:02 pm

Parenting tips. Pretty Please rewards polite queries on Google Assistant!

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Pretty Please coming to family functions as an opt-in feature

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The idea is to make kids sound polite to the digital assistant

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Google announces Pretty Please. It is similar to Amazon’s feature announced last month.

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Google Assistant is getting more family friendly actions

Nash David May 8, 201810:59 pm

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Google says continued conversation is the top requested feature on Assistant

Nash David May 8, 201810:58 pm

Natural speech is good. It’s how ML-driven systems are meant to be.

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PS: Only for followup questions

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Google seems to getting rid of that “hey google” awake phrase

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And she’s mentioned. Hey gogo.

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Google Assistant needs to understand social dynamics – Huffman

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Google Assistant is on over 500 million devices and works with over 5000 smart devices

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Scott Huffman is on stage to talk Assistant

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Hey Google, update the keynote… Hahaha

Nash David May 8, 201810:55 pm

It’s Google Assistant deja vu. From IO 2017. Version 2.0.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:55 pm

I just can’t stop but think about that Italian woman struggling to get ‘Hey Google’ right. It was fun.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:53 pm

John Legend’s voice is coming to the Assistant later this year – Pichai

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John Legend is giving voice to Assistant. (All of Me…..)

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Google Assistant getting voice that matches human parity using Deepmind’s Wavenet technology. There are six new voices.

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We want the Assistant to be something natural to talk to – Pichai

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Pichai announces TPU 3.0 for AI and Machine Learning
It needs liquid cooling

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Google Photos can create monochrome pictures with color. This is powerful example of machine computing

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Google Photos can convert document to PDF using AI

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Every single day, there are 5 billion photos viewed on Google Photos – Pichai

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Gmail getting smart compose with ML and AI this month

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Pichai talks about Gmail redesign. Ask me: It is dud.

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A huge applause there for Tania and Ken, who used Gboard to integrate Morse Code.

Nash David May 8, 201810:43 pm

This is an emotional story involving accessibility and Morse Code.

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This video of morse code and AI is liberating. Moving to be precise.

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Pichai demos how Google’s machine learning uses visual cues to understand audio.

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At Build 2018, Microsoft announced $25 million initiative towards “AI for accessibility”

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AI can help in accessibility – Pichai

Nash David May 8, 201810:41 pm

Complex data. Medical I/O is happening right now.

Nash David May 8, 201810:40 pm

Predicting medical events. 24-48hrs before an incident could be predicted. 😮

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AI can help predict medical events – Pichai at I/O 2018

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AI system offered more insight, things that doctors could not figure out. Pichai details healthcare-based AI initiative in India.

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There’s mention of India already. Research in India.

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Retinopathy. I remember this from last year too.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:39 pm

Pichai says AI is going to impact a lot of industries. I am a bit scared now.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:38 pm

We are just 8 minutes into the keynote and Pichai mentioned AI for the first time

Nash David May 8, 201810:38 pm

NOT SO SOON. AI again. :/

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:38 pm

Make information more useful and beneficial to consumers. Google’s moto explained by Pichai

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Pichai – Technology can be a positive force. Very real and important questions being raised about path ahead.

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There is a huge demand for digital skills – Pichai

Nash David May 8, 201810:37 pm

Peculiar. Empowerment. Digital skills, and the like.

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Pichai talks about responsibility as a technology company

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I don’t know why foam floats on a beer but physics can do interesting things.

Nash David May 8, 201810:35 pm

It starts with talk by a vegetarian Sundar Pichai on the position of cheese in a cheese burger!

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:35 pm

Sundar starts by addressing the #BurgerGate. Well Played

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Caution: He said – “A lot to cover”

Nash David May 8, 201810:34 pm

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And Sundar Pichai is here. Yeah, the Google CEO says Good Morning calmly.

Nash David May 8, 201810:34 pm

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:34 pm

Make Good Things Together!!! Perfect Motto

Nash David May 8, 201810:33 pm

Ati Sundar.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:33 pm

This is cool. Beautiful. Life comes square at us. Ok. Waiting for Sundar.

Nash David May 8, 201810:32 pm

Are those RGB pixels for transmission? Why RGB? Those are BGR cubes!

Nash David May 8, 201810:32 pm

Those boxes are weird

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:31 pm

The countdown starts with cubes.. Weird!!!

Nash David May 8, 201810:28 pm

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Ritesh Bendre May 8, 201810:26 pm

I really hope Android P solves the fragmentation problem, Google should highlight if Project Treble is actually helping.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:24 pm

Google Glass people. Remember?

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:23 pm

Google must explain what makes Wear OS different from Android Wear. Why should we even care? Alright… The clock is ticking!!!

Ritesh Bendre May 8, 201810:20 pm

I am really hopeful about Google to talk about Fuchsia OS, but we all know, that’s not going to happen.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:19 pm

Sidenote: The Shoreline Amphitheater is the best for shooting videos in 360-degree

Sambit Satpathy May 8, 201810:19 pm

Android Popsicle. Android Popsicle. Android Popsicle?

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:18 pm

PSA: Microsoft called Google to show some cool demos and even suggested using a drone. (LAUGHS)

Ritesh Bendre May 8, 201810:16 pm

I, for once, am liking the music. It’s different. (Disclaimer – I mostly listen to Trance / Electronic genre)

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 201810:14 pm

Definitely not impressed with the music. Hope the tech is good today. Tag along.

Nash David May 8, 20189:56 pm

The past couple of years of Google I/O has focussed on AI. I hope there’s more to AI and machine learning this year.

Nash David May 8, 20189:53 pm

I’m not too hopeful of Android P being named after an Indian dessert. In fact, the only real reason it could get named is a long standing request from its most important market. Let’s see if Mountain View gives in to the Indian desire.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 20189:37 pm

Tweet to us @BGRIndia if you think something cool will be announced today. My bet is on a home robot powered by Google Assistant.

Karthekayan Iyer May 8, 20189:36 pm

Hello everyone. You are early here. The keynote is expected to start at 10.30PM IST and we are expecting to see Android P, Google Assistant and lot more.

  • Published Date: May 8, 2018 9:30 PM IST