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.
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Android P beta program
Google News update
Google Maps and Google Lens native camera support
Waymo building better driver
And that’s a wrap
Waymo preemptively slows down its vehicles when it detects a car is going to run the red light
Waymo has self-driven 6 million miles
Apple CEO Tim Cook called Autonomous driving as the mother of all AI technology
Dimitri is here to talk about AI used at Waymo
Waymo reduced error rate in pedestrian detection by 100x
At Waymo, we are not just building a better car, we are building a better driver – Krafcik
Krafcik says autonomous driving is not a science fiction
Waymo is the only company with fleet of self-driving cars in the public roads – John Krafcik
Waymo CEO is on stage to talk about Google’s autonomous driving technology
Google is talking about self-driving cars at I/O for the first time
Smart text selection, style match and real-time results coming to Google Lens in the coming weeks
Google Lens will now surface real-time results
The next feature is Style match. Google Lens can now match styles matching to objects, clothes to name a few.
Lens can recognize words and with the new update, you can copy and paste those text
Google Lens gets three new features
Google Lens will be integrated within camera on Pixel, G7 ThinQ and other devices
Google is using Visual Positioning System to precise locate your device and landmarks around you
It will also show nearby places using AR
Google Maps will now instantly show you which direction you need to be headed to reach destination
We have all been there is a common notion at I/O 2018
Google Maps is also getting an improved sharing experience
Google Maps gets Your Match to offer places that you will like based on personal recommendation
Next up: Jen with Google Maps
Sameer announces Android P beta program for Google Pixel and flagship from 7 other OEMs
Android P is also getting new security options
Google announces Wind Down mode where Assistant will turn on Do Not Disturb mode and turn on greyscale mode
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
Android P will show a dashboard with how you are using your smartphone
Google says 70 percent people want help finding the right balance
Digital Wellbeing is all finding right balance with technology
Digital Wellbeing on Android now. Sameer Samat is here to take us through
The volume control now controls media volume by default in Android P. This will be a savior.
The gesture seems to mimic one seen on iPhone X
Android P now gets a new gesture support
VSCO and PicsArt are using ML Kit
Android gets ML Kit, a new set of APIs to do text recognition and image labeling and face detection
With Slice API, ride-hailing startup can make it easier to book cabs to work or home
Next feature is Slices, an API to render a slice of the app within search result.
App Actions also works within Assistant and Google Search
The launcher will now show quick app actions like call or enable workout
Adaptive brightness in Android P being demoed on stage at IO 2018
Android P is also getting UI changes with App Actions
Adaptive Brightness now uses machine learning to adapt to ambient lighting conditions
Google is promising 30 percent increase in battery life
With Android P, Google is bringing adaptive battery using Deepmind’s technology
Focus on Android P is on Intelligence, Simplicity and Digital Wellbeing
Android P is the first step at AI at the core of operating system, says Burke
Android has become more than just a smartphone operating system – Dave Burke
Android has turned 10 BTW
Dave is coming on stage to talk Android. Time for public beta of Android P.
Google News update is rolling out today and will be available to everyone next week
Google is directly competing with Apple News here, which acquired Texture recently
Google News allows users to follow publications and subscribe using “Subscribe with Google”
Google News’ Full Coverage feature is a must check out especially if you want more perspective on a single story
Google News app comes with Newscast which shows basics of a story and lets you decide whether you want to read it in depth.
Google News app is also designed with Material Design Theme
Google is also putting focus on videos with the new Google News app
The app works by reinforcement learning and shows topics based on use overtime
Google News redesigned app now shows briefing at the top with five articles
The new Google News announced and Trystan is here to talk about it
Google News is getting AI treatment
More great journalism being produced today than ever before – Pichai
Google News time
It will show number of times you unlocked the phone and amount of time spent on a app
Android is getting a new dashboard that will show what you do on your phone
Pichai says it can help Digital well being by focusing on four key areas as part of Android
From FOMO to JOMO (Joy of Missing out)
Sundar Pichai is now talking about tech addiction
This feature will roll out as an experiment in coming weeks
Pichai says this feature will save time for a lot of people
Google Assistant understood even when the call did not go that well.
Another demo. This time to a restaurant.
The future is here. Google Assistant just booked an appointment with an agent. Using a phone. Deep Machine Learning. Text to Speech technologies.
Google Assistant just booked an appointment at a parlour all by itself. This is future folks.
Google Assistant can make call in the background to schedule an appointment. This is super cool.
And Sundar Pichai is back on stage. Talking about AI. Again.
Pichai is back on stage but do note how Google is evolving beyond touch with Assistant
Google Maps is coming with an Assistant built in. Could expect better interactivity.
Google Assistant is coming in navigation in Google Maps this summer.
The visual experience is coming to Android this summer and iOS later this year
You can order coffee at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts using voice
Google is bringing smart home controls right to the Assistant screen
Google is bringing YouTube TV to Smart Displays
First smart display based on Google Assistant will go on sale in July
Google is bringing voice and visual assistant together
Parenting tips. Pretty Please rewards polite queries on Google Assistant!
Pretty Please coming to family functions as an opt-in feature
The idea is to make kids sound polite to the digital assistant
Google announces Pretty Please. It is similar to Amazon’s feature announced last month.
Google Assistant is getting more family friendly actions
Google says continued conversation is the top requested feature on Assistant
Natural speech is good. It’s how ML-driven systems are meant to be.
PS: Only for followup questions
Google seems to getting rid of that “hey google” awake phrase
And she’s mentioned. Hey gogo.
Google Assistant needs to understand social dynamics – Huffman
Google Assistant is on over 500 million devices and works with over 5000 smart devices
Scott Huffman is on stage to talk Assistant
Hey Google, update the keynote… Hahaha
It’s Google Assistant deja vu. From IO 2017. Version 2.0.
I just can’t stop but think about that Italian woman struggling to get ‘Hey Google’ right. It was fun.
John Legend’s voice is coming to the Assistant later this year – Pichai
John Legend is giving voice to Assistant. (All of Me…..)
Google Assistant getting voice that matches human parity using Deepmind’s Wavenet technology. There are six new voices.
We want the Assistant to be something natural to talk to – Pichai
Pichai announces TPU 3.0 for AI and Machine Learning
It needs liquid cooling
Google Photos can create monochrome pictures with color. This is powerful example of machine computing
Google Photos can convert document to PDF using AI
Every single day, there are 5 billion photos viewed on Google Photos – Pichai
Gmail getting smart compose with ML and AI this month
Pichai talks about Gmail redesign. Ask me: It is dud.
A huge applause there for Tania and Ken, who used Gboard to integrate Morse Code.
This is an emotional story involving accessibility and Morse Code.
This video of morse code and AI is liberating. Moving to be precise.
Pichai demos how Google’s machine learning uses visual cues to understand audio.
At Build 2018, Microsoft announced $25 million initiative towards “AI for accessibility”
AI can help in accessibility – Pichai
Complex data. Medical I/O is happening right now.
Predicting medical events. 24-48hrs before an incident could be predicted. 😮
AI can help predict medical events – Pichai at I/O 2018
AI system offered more insight, things that doctors could not figure out. Pichai details healthcare-based AI initiative in India.
There’s mention of India already. Research in India.
Retinopathy. I remember this from last year too.
Pichai says AI is going to impact a lot of industries. I am a bit scared now.
We are just 8 minutes into the keynote and Pichai mentioned AI for the first time
NOT SO SOON. AI again. :/
Make information more useful and beneficial to consumers. Google’s moto explained by Pichai
Pichai – Technology can be a positive force. Very real and important questions being raised about path ahead.
There is a huge demand for digital skills – Pichai
Peculiar. Empowerment. Digital skills, and the like.
Pichai talks about responsibility as a technology company
I don’t know why foam floats on a beer but physics can do interesting things.
It starts with talk by a vegetarian Sundar Pichai on the position of cheese in a cheese burger!
Sundar starts by addressing the #BurgerGate. Well Played
Caution: He said – “A lot to cover”
And Sundar Pichai is here. Yeah, the Google CEO says Good Morning calmly.
Make Good Things Together!!! Perfect Motto
This is cool. Beautiful. Life comes square at us. Ok. Waiting for Sundar.
Are those RGB pixels for transmission? Why RGB? Those are BGR cubes!
Those boxes are weird
The countdown starts with cubes.. Weird!!!
I really hope Android P solves the fragmentation problem, Google should highlight if Project Treble is actually helping.
Google Glass people. Remember?
Google must explain what makes Wear OS different from Android Wear. Why should we even care? Alright… The clock is ticking!!!
I am really hopeful about Google to talk about Fuchsia OS, but we all know, that’s not going to happen.
Sidenote: The Shoreline Amphitheater is the best for shooting videos in 360-degree
Android Popsicle. Android Popsicle. Android Popsicle?
PSA: Microsoft called Google to show some cool demos and even suggested using a drone. (LAUGHS)
I, for once, am liking the music. It’s different. (Disclaimer – I mostly listen to Trance / Electronic genre)
Definitely not impressed with the music. Hope the tech is good today. Tag along.
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.
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.
Tweet to us @BGRIndia if you think something cool will be announced today. My bet is on a home robot powered by Google Assistant.
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