Google I/O is an annual developer conference where Google made announcements about their new hardware, software and the new products and technology which are going to launch in future or under development. This year’s Google I/O event was a bit more special because Google showcased some great and revolutionary technologies that will completely change the way we interact with our gadgets. We have shortlisted some of the best announcements from Google I/O 2018. A must check for tech lover or a person who loves to be surrounded by lot gadgets. Here are our Top 10 announcements made in Google I/O 2018 event.
10. Predicting Medical Event
Today in tech world there is the buzz of one single word a lot i.e, “AI a.ka Artifical Intelligence”. All the major companies are moving into this technology to make gadgets smarter than before. No doubt Google is the leader in this because of the amount of quality data they have. And now Google is using their AI technology in the healthcare sector which will help to save more lives.
How will this work? Well, Sundar Pichai ‘CEO of Google’ stated that it will measure hundreds of data points and with the calculations made through AI. And it can predict cardiovascular risk and the chance of readmission.
“We can actually qualitatively predict the chance of readmission 48 hours ahead of time,” Pichai said.
Google is claiming it can detect patients’ upcoming medical issues/events far better than any human doctor.
9. Gmail Smart Compose
A few weeks earlier Google made some new visual changes to their core product i.e, Gmail. And now they are using their most powerful tool to make it best i.e, AI. Google launched a new feature in Gmail called Smart Compose.
So, when you will compose a new email, it suggests you a complete sentence within the body of an email. And highlights the suggested phrase. And if you like the phrase just need to hit tab and it will add to your sentence. Google says it will not just save your time but also reduce the chances of grammatical or spelling error. This new feature will appear in a few weeks but make sure have you enabled the new Gmail.
8. Suggested Actions
Well, this is a very cool feature and will give you a niche of how we are going to use our smartphone in future. Suggested Actions feature will understand the behavior of the user how they use their phones in different events. Let’s say you are out at a wedding and taking pictures with your friends. It can itself determine the face of your friends. And suggest you if you want to share these photos with your friend.
And also it can determine what kind of object is in the image. Like if there is a cute baby in the image. It will suggest to you what kind of filters and settings you should use to make it better.
Or maybe you have an old photo of your family. It will suggest you color it if you want.
7. Google Duplex
This is just WOW. From all the announcements made in Google I/O, this is kind of which makes us think twice is it really true? Firstly Google Assistant made our lives much easier by answering our many queries, sometimes stupid one too. And controlling our digital appliances in our homes. Now it can make calls on your behalf and book appointments. This is all next level of AI technology. Sundar Pichai ‘CEO of Google’ said this new technology called Google Duplex. They were working on this for last many years and spent many resources.
This technology is still in under development but what Sundar Pichai demoed during the event was just jaw-dropping. It sounds so natural, understands the nuances of conversation. The other person had no clue they were talking to Google Assistant.
Check out this google’s blog on Google Duplex it will clear all your doubts. (click here…)
Just watch this small clip. It will also leave you WOW !!!
6. Google News
The latest version of Google Play Newsstand is introduced in the event and now it is called as Google News with some new visual changes too. This new Google News comes with various new features and one of them is “For You”. In this For You section, Google pulled top 5 stories for you from global headlines, local news and the stories which you have been following recently from your favorite sources. You can directly switch from headlines to the top stories around the world.
“Newscasts” also introduced in this new version which uses natural language understanding to give you a collection of videos, articles, and quotes on a single topic which you were looking recently.
And if you are interested in an article this “Full Coverage” feature let you dive deep into the story with the variety of content as per your liking and understanding from the sources you liked most.
5. Android P Developer Preview
Google already released the first developer preview of latest upcoming Android P and in this event, they have released second developer preview which is directly pointing that this is going to be one of the biggest updates for Android after adopting material design.
In this latest developer preview, new gesture feature is introduced for all the navigation. In the place of the home button, now you’ll see a small bar at the bottom. If you swipe up you’ll get to recent apps and now you can perform tasks like copying texts or anything from to one app to another directly in the recent app menu. Don’t need to switch between apps. And for the app drawer, you need to swipe up and hold it for a little.
Google is putting many “AI” features in this latest version like “Suggest Actions”, “Adaptive Battery”, and “Adaptive Brightness”.
In Suggest Actions feature, your smartphone will be using AI to learn about your mobile, how you use your mobile in day-to-day life. And start suggesting you which app you should use after performing a certain task on your phone.
In Adaptive Battery, your phone will learn which apps you use most and less. As per user behavior, it will optimize the app and stop pushing unnecessary notifications from the app and also strict it in the background.
We all know, we have sensors on our phone which can adjust brightness according to the lighting condition but this is not always enough. This Adaptive Brightness, which itself learns what kind of brightness you need in which time and conditions and adjust it accordingly.
4. Digital Wellbeing
Even after being a tech giant, Google understands the way everyone is getting addicted to his or her smartphones which is for sure is a matter of concern. To address this Google announced “Digital Wellbeing”. This Digital Wellbeing will take care of how much phone you should use.
This time they are introducing a Dashboard in Android P which tells you about your phone usages like how many times you have unlocked your phone, which app you used most and for how much time and many more things too.
Now do not disturb feature is also take cares of users digital wellbeing. When you activate do not disturb mode it not just silents your phone completely but also stops showing you all the notifications on your phone until you turn it off.
In Wind Down mode, you set your time when you go to bed and when it triggers it automatically turn your screen to grayscale until the morning you wake up.
There is also one new feature called “Shush”. If you are out with your friend or in a meeting and your phone is in normal mode. You just need to flip it on the table and it automatically activates do not disturb mode. So that you wouldn’t get interrupted.
3. Maps – “For You”
Google is now adding a new tab to Maps app called For You. In this new tab, you’ll find all the information about your neighborhood which you care about like what kind of new places are opening, any new events etc.
The “New Match” feature use all the machine learning and give you suggestions like types of the places or restaurant you have been before or you might be interested based on your user behavior. You can also instantly share these places with your friends and ask them to vote if they like or been to these places.
2. Google Lens and Camera
This is one of the most exciting features which is going to available to consumers very soon. With all the machine learning Google give your phone tremendous power to tell you what are you looking at, just by pointing your phone camera at it. Not just this, they are combining their AR and Maps to real-time street view which means if you are standing at any unknown street just by pointing your phone at the street it will pop up all the restaurant and places names with their ratings and review. And also if walking on a street and you see a poster of a musician. When you point the camera at the poster it will start playing the music video of that artist.
As part of the latest update, Google introducing a new feature to Google Lens called “Style Match”. This new feature, we always wish we had on our phones before. Let’s say you are at your friend’s place and liked the lamp they had and so you are wondering what kind of lamp it is and don’t have any idea where to look for. Well, now there is no need to ask your friend. Just open the app and point at the product it will show all the related products and the places from where you can buy it.
Now Google can also understand words in real-time with this new feature called Smart Text Selection. In this new feature, let’s say there is a note in a notice board and you want to write in your phone but it’s too much of work to do. You can now just point your camera into it, through smart text selection it recognizes the text from the image and shows on the screen. So, you can directly copy and sent it.
Google is closely working with all the major smartphone makers to bake this new Google Lens feature inside the camera app itself. For now, LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, HMD/Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ, Asus, and the Google Pixel are the companies.
We heard a lot about self-driving cars but who can do it better than Google. From all the announcements made in Google I/O 2018, this is one of the biggest. In the event, Google took curtains off from their first self-driving car called Waymo. Waymo is already spotted many times on the streets of Phoneix, Arizona (also officially launching later this year) and completed 6 million miles on the public road which is a clear signal towards the future of self-driving cars. The day is not so far when we call for a taxi and a self-driving car came to our home and drop us to our destination.
Waymo CEO John Krafcik took the stage in the Google I/O event and gave a clear message that “our cars can see further, perceive better, and make snap decisions faster than anyone else.” And deep machine learning understands everyone’s behavior on the road and react accordingly. The company saying they had reduced error rate by 100 times through machine learning. The neural network uses vision system and lidar system to measure shape and distance of objects and radar system to measure the speed. By applying AI to all these data Waymo can accurately detect pedestrians in all forms in real-time.
Watch this 360 degree of Waymo driving on the public road. It will give you much clearer idea how it all works.
Also read: Top 10 Upcoming Techs In 2018 From CES