Google I/O 2021: A Roundup
This week we’re studying Google’s I/O developer event, rounding up the latest from Snap’s partner summit and taking a look at how Parler got back on the App Store, among other things. Google just ended its live Google I/O 2021 keynote, where the firm revealed a vast number of announcements, containing a new look coming to Android, a bunch of features is approaching to its Google Workspace productivity suite, and even a new Artificial Intelligence that spoke as if it were Pluto.
Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn followed the whole thing in real time on live blog. But if you just want to get caught up on the biggest news from the show. Without any new hardware announcements, the software-only event just didn’t feel as large and buzzy as it has in the past, which is kind of a bummer, since I/O was cancelled entirely last year due to COVID-19.
There was no declaration of an reasonably priced Pixel 5a or 6 smartphone, no rumours about Pixel Watch, no news on Pixel chips, no new smart home devices, no update on Google Stadia, and not even the Pixel Buds A-Series, which Google accidentally tweeted about ahead of schedule. Instead, Google I/O was filled with a lot of product news that could have been announced as blog posts like Google Workspace improvements or neat Google Maps and Photos features. But it’s not precisely going to be in your living room next year.
That’s not to downplay Google’s technical advancements, event, you don’t only want to hear about more conversational AI or less racist cameras, much less from the company that just fired multiple AI ethics researchers. You want to get excited about Google’s next new.
Android 12 has a radical and sparkling new look
The app industry continues to raise with a record of 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year spent 3.5 trillion minutes with apps on Android devices. Application usage flowed ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Presently the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day, nevertheless now spends four hours per day on their mobile devices. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours, they’re also a great business. In 2020, investors poured $73 billion in capital into mobile companies, a figure that’s up 27% year-over-year
Google declared that there are more than 3 billion active Android devices now. Google unveiled, that the Android 12 will have a brand new “Material You” design with lot of new changes. It provides a lot of colour and customization, and the new mobile OS will even be capable to change system colours to be able to better match your wallpaper. It also offers some new privacy features, containing a new privacy dashboard. A beta will be available from release date and it works with phones from 11 device makers.
Google to create workspace more interconnected
Google declared “smart canvas,” a new initiative for its Workspace office software that makes work easier between products. Features comprise of “smart chips” that allow you to link to other Workspace apps and the facility to start a Meeting video call right from Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide.
Google displayed its new lamda ai language model
Google CEO Sundar Pichai showed off some impressive, but pre-recorded samples of someone having a conversation with an AI powered by its new LaMDA conversation technology. In the samples, the AI “talked” as Pluto and a paper airplane.
Google combines with Samsung and Fitbit to bring changes in wearables
A partnership with Samsung and Fitbit, add-ons bring a lot of changes to wearables. Wear OS and Tizen are essentially combining for the best of both and cross-platform compatibility. It gives us the better battery life too. We can also see a new streamlined interface that takes benefit of more Google stuff.
Fitbit brings health tracking and more of its common capabilities to Wear OS and watches as well.
Project starline develops a 3d model of a person sitting across from you
Google exhibited the Project Starline, which makes uses of high-resolution cameras and depth sensors. To construct a real-time 3D model of a person who is “sitting” across you to re-create the feeling of having a face-to-face meeting.
Google is building a camera that’s more inclusive of skin tone
Google is working on updates to its camera and imaging products to produce them better at capturing and reproducing skin tones as exactly as in images.
Google photos will be capable to make animated photos from still shots
Google Photos is getting remarkable new “cinematic moments” that use two photos to generate a moving image. We can see what they look like in the GIF. Google is also adding new types of Memories, containing ones based on visual patterns in your photos.
Google photos will permit you to store photos in a locked folder
Google is adding a new feature in Google Photos to allow you store photos in a password-protected space on your phone. These photos will not appear when you’re scrolling the app. It’s launching first on Google Pixel and then coming to more Android devices “throughout this year.”
Google will let you change a site’s password right from inside its password manager
Google declared that it’s adding a way to change a stored password for a website right from inside Google’s password manager. It’s rolling out gradually to Chrome on Android in the US and will be widely accessible in the coming months.
Google maps augmented reality live view tool will display more information
Google is making few changes to its Maps, which includes rolling out new technologies for its Live View augmented reality tool. Google is also adding new features to make maps more informative, which includes, showing different restaurants at different times of day, pointing out local landmarks if you’re visiting to new cities, and it shows how busy a specific area is.
Google is providing a privacy-friendly sandbox for machine learning data in android
Google is adding a number of privacy-focused features to Android, as well as a sandbox in Android, the Private Compute Core, that will securely store data used for machine learning.
Android will provision digital car keys so that we can unlock our cars with our phones
It will permit “select Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones” to work as digital car keys for starting, with Android 12. The feature assists UWB and NFC, though which the BMW is the only automaker who confirmed to support Android’s digital car key so far.
Google debuts new health tool to distinguish skin conditions using the camera
Google revealed a new health tool that lets you take a photo of a problem skin area and answer questions about their skin type and symptoms to aid you better identify skin conditions. Google aims to introduce a pilot of the tool this year.
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