Google IO 2017 was packed with a lot of sessions and what’s next for Google. We have all the big news you don’t want to miss here.
Google computer programs are gaining a better understanding of the world, and now, Google wants to handle more of the decision making for billions of people who uses its services.
Google Daydream VR platform
We were introduced to the latest Google’s Daydream VR platform. Daydream 2.0 is called the Euphrates and it’s built with standalone VR in mind. This next generation of Google’s Daydream VR platform is filled with new features such as an update to Daydream Home, to push Google’s vision for VR further.
The Google Daydream VR platform will now work as a standalone headset without the need of PC, phone or cable.
The first partners here are Lenovo and HTC, and these two will build a headset based on Google reference design built in partnership with Qualcomm. There will be more partners along the way.
This is a great step forward for Virtual Reality because everything will now be contained in the headset. Now that the latency is reduced, you can take your headset everywhere you go.
We are expecting the Daydream VR standalone VR headset from Lenovo and HTC later this year.
But here is the biggest news from Google
Google Assistant is coming to iPhone
The Google Assistant on iPhone works the same way it works on Google Assistant on Android; it works as a standalone application. This is a wake-up call to Siri because Google Assistant app on iOS is already out.
But Google is not stopping at bringing Google Assistant to only iPhone; it also aims to bring it to different home appliances as well as vehicles.
Now, the plan of Google to infuse nearly all of its products with some semblance of artificial intelligence is clear. The brand now wants computers to think more like humans. This is a wake-up call for respected technology leaders like Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk
The Next Android at Google IO 2017
We already have the rundown of Android O features, namely Vitals and Fluid Experience. This will make the use of Android smoother, give you faster boot time and save the battery life of your device. There are also picture-in-picture improvement and smart copying.
Improvement to Google Home
Google announced changes coming to Google Home. The features include Bluetooth support, proactive assistance, hands-free voice calling and visual response through Android TV or Chromecast. These sizeable gains for Google Home feel like catching up to Amazon Echo. So, Amazon better watches their back as Google is catching up fast.
Google Photo at Google IO 2017
Google detailed new features for Google Photos during the 2017 show: suggested sharing (Google tells you people who might want you to share your photos with them), share Photo Books and libraries.
Google Photo app now has over 500 million users. The secret of this app is that it can help you sort through your pictures and understand what they contain – like seeing a birthday cake and grouping pictures from the same day as “birthday party.”
Google Lens for the future at Google IO 2017
Google lens is a centerpiece of the keynote, but it will be a while before it is available.
The app identifies objects are appearing in your camera lens in real-time with the use of image recognition. This means on pointing your smartphone at a flower; you can be told exactly what it is.
The best part is that Google lens can work out what is in the image and carry out action like connecting to Wifi.
This feature is fantastic that pointing it at your Wifi router password; it can help you enter that long password and automatically connect you to the network without the need for manual input.
Other uses include pointing it at a restaurant and instantly get menus or reviews or even scan a menu in different languages. It can translate different languages and tells you what a dish looks like. It will also show you the photograph of the meal.
Google told us the Google Lens would be part of its Photo App and Assistant, but the release date is not known yet.
Google VPS – Visual Positioning System
Many of us are familiar with Global Positioning System (GPS). Though this technology is excellent for traveling around large areas outside, it has limitations when you need something that is more accurate.
Google thinks Visual Positioning System (VPS) is how to fill that gap. Using a 3D visualization called Tango, VPS looks for recognizable objects around you to work out where you are, with an accuracy of a few centimeters.
According to Google, one application would be using this VPS to find the exact location of an item or product in the large shop. So VPS can get you to the exact product you are searching.
But there is a big problem at the moment – barely any smartphones currently have Tango technology. So even if VPS was ready now, only a few people would be able to use it.
Great news for Gmail users
Google will roll out smart replies to Android and iOS. These All-suggested replies will make emailing more of a breeze.
This is a version of Android that is less demanding and intended for the budget phones beginning in 2018.
The Android Go will allow users of smartphones with between 512MB to 1GB RAM to use the latest Android software.
While we did not see more new hardware from Google at the 2017 IO event, where Google is headed next year is clear – they are going deeper into our lives than before.