Google I/O 2017

Google I/O is an annual developer conference held by Google in San Francisco, California on 17 – 19 May 2017.

Key Notes:

  • Google products have over one million active users.
  • Google photos users upload 1.2 billion photos daily.
  • Google maps users navigate over one billion miles per day.
  • Android now has over two billion active devices.
  • YouTube viewers view over one billion hours of video per day.

Announcements:

  • Google Lens
    • It’s a set of vision-based computer capabilities that will show up on Google Photos and Google Assistant first.
  • Google Assistant available on iPhone
  • Google Assistant SDK allows any manufacturer to include assistant in virtually any smart phone.
    • That includes drink mixers, refrigerators, washing machines, or whatever
  • This summer, Google Home (Voice-activated speaker) will be launched in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan.
  • Google Photos will soon be able to remove obstructions from photos.
    • For instance, it can remove a fence if you want to just have the image behind the fence.
  •  YouTube will begin to support 360-degree video (including live video) on television
  • Kotlin will be an officially supported language in Android. It’s a new programming language.
  • Google announced Android Go.
    • It optimizes the latest Android releases to run on low end phones.
  • Google announced that standalone VR (Virtual Reality) headsets are coming.
    • It’ll be an Android powered device made specifically for a VR experience.
    • Partners include Qualcomm, HTC, and Lenovo.
    • Devices will come to market later this year.
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