Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, is taking place now in Mountain View, California. The company has laid out a lot of new features in the keynote, and we’ve been sifting through the wreckage to find the coolest things to talk about.

Android O…h Yes baby

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The biggest I/O news is probably Android O, which is not technically new — Google released a pre-alpha release of developer O a couple of months ago. But now it has moved to beta testing and is filled with many new features.

While we’ve already covered what’s new in O in more detail, here’s an overview of what to expect from the next major version of Android:

  • Fluid Experience: picture-in-picture, smart text selection, home screen notification dots, and in-app autofill are all a big part of what O has to offer when it comes to user experience.
  • Vital Functions: is Google’s plan to improve security with Google Play Protect, speed while optimizing load times and battery life by intelligently limiting background app activity on O devices.
  • Android Go: Google is improving the Android experience on lower budget devices with a new project called Go. Every version of Android starting with O will have a «Go build» that will be optimized for just 512GB. random access memory This is amazing.
  • Android O Beta: As with Android Nougat before release, Google released an official beta/preview for users to test it out.

This is a quick and dirty version of the list, so see our full post for details.

Google Lens gives you a glimpse of the world around you

The lens is marvelous a beautiful product that will be included in both Google Assistant and Photos, which will be able to recognize and identify objects, signs and more.

In the demos given in the I/O keynote, Google CEO Sundar Pichai showed how a lens can identify a flower — not just a flower in general, but a specific breed. It’s mind blowing. He also demonstrated more practical uses, such as setting the Wi-Fi username and password on the phone on the side of the router to which the phone is identified. and automatically connected. Very cool (although to be honest, if you’re using the default username and password on your router, you really should change it).

Of course, this also affects where Google Goggles left off years ago — it can translate characters or other text into languages ​​other than your own.

With photo integration, Lens will be able to provide contextual information about any photo in your library, not just what you currently photographed. It’s unclear how much functionality the lens will actually have in photos, but it’s still exciting nonetheless.

Google Photos is getting smarter

Google claims that Photos is the fastest growing product in history — faster than YouTube, Gmail or even Chrome. It currently has over 500k users and is set to get a lot smarter with features like:

Here is the photo before removal:

… and here it is after:

It was just a promotional demo, so we’ll see how well it actually works, but it’s pretty exciting if it works even half as well as it claims to.

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Google Home, the Google Assistant in the Presenter Project, is getting more powerful with some of the upcoming updates. There’s a lot to love about where House is going, but we’ll try to keep it short and sweet.

In addition to that, Google has some great things for the Assistant itself in general, including:

Even though there is a lot going on behind the scenes (after all, Google I/O is a developer conference) is a collection of the best looking things that consumers should look forward to. Overall, I’d say the takeaway from this year’s conference is that Google is looking to create a more unified user experience at its core, and seems to be focusing that push on Assistant. I, for one, think it’s a great move and I hope it unifies the OS across all devices.

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