Top Takeaways from Google I/O 2017


Google’s annual I/O developer conference took place last week and with it came a whole load of news about upcoming Google products. From a new Android operating system to the unveiling of Google Lens, we’ve compiled the key highlights from this year’s event.

Android O

Android O, Google’s mysterious new operating system for Android devices is now live and available to download on Pixel and Nexus smartphones. Some of Android O’s notable features include an easy-to-use copy and paste function, increased security, faster performance and Notification Dots, a revamped system for app notifications.

Google Home

The Google Home smart speaker is set to receive a whole host of new features including handsfree calling, ‘proactive assistant’ push notifications, Spotify and Bluetooth support, plus Visual Responses, a handy feature that sends visual information such as directions on a map to your smartphone.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant, the company’s intelligent personal assistant, is now available to download on iOS devices for the first time and will soon be available on a number of other devices. Google Assistant is very similar to other voice activated personal assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, and can reply to questions and find out information for you. Additionally. you can now communicate with Google Assistant by typing on your device in addition to showing the program objects and information through use of the Google Lens (more on that below).

Google Lens

One of the more exciting new products announced at I/O 2017 is Google Lens, computer-vision photography technology that acts as an add on to your smartphone’s camera. Google Lens will be added to the Google Photos app, and is capable of recognising objects and taking action i.e. identifying a flower you took a picture of. Similarly, Google Lens can translate text by simply pointing your smartphone at the text in question and asking ‘What is that?’. Google Lens will identify the language and translate it into your native tongue. Google Lens will be available at some point later this year.

Google I/O 2017 turned out to be another impressive affair and we can’t wait to get our hands on the amazing products showcased this year.

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