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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Google I/O 2018 Highlights

The Take-Aways From Google's Developer Conference

The annual Google conference was kicked off with a keynote address by CEO Sundar Pichai, who highlighted the significant changes coming about for the immediate future. Individual vital employees handled each topic with a succinct presentation of the events and the expectations. The crowd roared approval item-by-item, almost like at an athletic event. Google has renamed on the part of their operation as "AI," and that should give you an idea of what's to come.


1. Google Duplex

Combines all Google has learned: Natural Language Understanding, Deep Learning, Textures of Speech.

2. Google Assistant

Move over Siri and Alexa, Google Assistant is in the house. A myriad of new, useful features were introduced, but what wowed everyone was the new voices of the digital helper.

If you want an appointment of any sort, Google Assistant will make the call in a lifelike human voice and responds to any questions with a human-like pause and answer. Unbelievable. The GA responds to changes in time and types of appointments available just as you would. The restaurant, barber or your tailor hangs up sure in the knowledge that they just talked to your human assistant.

Included in the other features are:
  • More visual displays on androids. 
  • Custom group commands. 
  • New voices for Google Assistant, including John Legend.
  • Improvements on how GA will work with smart home appliances.
  • No more need to use wake-words with follow-up questions.
  • Manner reinforcement with your kids.

3. Android P

The new version of Android now evaluates the way you use your phone. You still have the home and back buttons, but all other functions are swiped. The Team Android says that the new interface is
gesture heavy and easier to use. 
  • Android P notifications support pictures.
  • Screenshot editing is immediately available.
  • Highlighted texts will have anticipated predictions on your wishes and offer shortcuts.
  • The screen slowly greys out for the night, abetting sleep for you.

4. Google Maps

Google Maps has more than a billion users. Instead of the blue dot, Maps will use the arrows to help with your directional orientation in their walking navigation system. The phone camera also integrates with the system. Google Lens visual search will show information about businesses around you through the camera.

Google Maps is also more social with a new tab, "For You" featuring places and events in your area, all tailored to your specific needs. Match Score rates the restaurants on a scale to 100, based upon your pre-learned preferences.

Using Google assistant you may text someone your estimated time of arrival while you use the driving directions. Your focus never leaves the road.

5. Google ARCore

ARCore for phones if features loaded, but the list is topped by "Cloud Anchors" enabling sharing information with multiple phones, including iPhones. Future versions of Google Maps or other graphics-heavy apps could benefit from experiments with shared creative tools.

6. Google Lens

Improvements are coming from AR tools for cameras. The camera app will metamorphose into an AR Google Lens app.

Smart camera technology will recognise objects, search for related objects, scan, copy and translate text, capture business cards and give directions in Google Maps.

The native camera app will put Google Lens on more Androids.

One tap world scanning is predictive of AI AR.

7. Healthcare and Medical Applications of AI 

Predictive analysis of patient records will provide an accurate estimate heart attack or stroke, and the chance of readmission up to 48 hours earlier than previous methods. More than 100k points of reference analysis, far more than any doctor is capable of.

8. Gmail

Smart compose predicts what you are typing and provides quick access to suggested sentence completion. Using the tab button, machine learning predicts where you are going with your composition and presents phrases for you to use that is consistent with your past writings.

9. Camera

Can carefully colourise black and white photos.

10. Google Assistant

Adding six new voices, beginning with John Legend. GA is available in more than 30 languages, in 80 countries and on more than 500 million devices.

11. Google News 

  • The news you want to hear. 
  • The full story. 
  • Support the sources you like. 
  • Newscasts - News updates throughout the day. 
  • Full Coverage - Complete stories in a variety of formats and from some sources. 
  • Rollout- 127 countries.

12. App Actions 

What app you want to launch to predicting what action you want to take. 
The phone is adapting to the user based on activity patterns.

Five Best Items from Google I/O 2018

The I/O may be for developers, but what Google offers them, filters down to us pretty quickly. The changes announced by Google will soon be on our phones, in your systems and at play every day.

The lifelike voices on Google Assistant, also better visual display on the phone. Group commands by new voices (John Legend), large appliance interface and smart speakers on Google Home, round out the changes to Google Assistant. 

Android P - A complete refresh that considers just how you use your phone. 

Duplex - Brings together everything that Google has learned about speech and natural language learning.

Google Maps - More than 1 billion users can now find out in which direction they are heading by the arrows, not the problem blue dot. An app in the walking navigation feature allows the use of the camera to view the actual view with the map showing the arrows on the screen for directions. You have a horizontal view as well as the overhead map projection. Amazing.

For You - In Google Maps tells about the places and happenings in your area. The Match Score feature rates all the restaurants on a scale to 100 from info provided by you.

ARCore Tech - Cloud Anchors, the ability to share information across multiple devices. Great for gamers, but many other applications as well.

AR Lens - Google's camera app is evolving into an AR app. It can recognise objects and search of similar items on a browser. It can scan and copy text, capture business cards and give directions in Maps.

Bottom Line

Google I/O 2018 give us broad hints of the digital world to come.

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