Key announcements from Google I/O 2017 (12 photos + 5 videos)
At the conference Google I/O 2017 for developers, the Internet giant said that the new should be expected in the near future. Among the coming changes and innovations are: a new version of the Android operating system, Android OS Go for a budget smartphone, machine learning, and the second generation of TPU, Lens Google and more.
In the next version of Android, the announcement of which will be held this summer, special attention is paid to reducing energy consumption, speed, stability and security. The presented system Google Play Protect have daily scans all apps in the Google Play store for malware. All the checked programs will contain appropriate labels on the positive procedure. However, users of gadgets will be able to see which of the already installed applications have been tested. Unsafe software will be automatically blocked and deleted. By the way, the program to find lost Android-devices renamed to Find My Device.
The boot time of Android OS O cut in half, all programs will also be faster to boot and operate. Apps in the background, and the location tracking will consume less resources when they do not need that will have a positive impact on the autonomy of the Android devices. All this, according to the developers, achieved by carrying out extensive upgrades in the core system.
A useful innovation would be a function of “picture in picture”. Point Notification Dots on the app icons will alert the user to the presence of notifications that you can immediately see, by long pressing on the icon.
All programs will AutoFill fields Autofill. If the credentials are stored in the browser, and the application of the services a gathering will be performed automatically. Also, the system will prompt you to enter the email address or physical address in the appropriate fields on websites. Previously, this possibility prisutstvovala only in Chrome.
Text selection, links and phone numbers will be easier, and the system will automatically suggest apps to use allocated information (open a browser, make a call or find the location on the map).
The beta version of Android O is already available for developers. The final name of the new Android version remains a mystery.
Especially for low-end phones with RAM of 1 GB and less, Google will release a simplified version of future Android OS O. Also will be a special version of Google Play optimized apps. The search giant encourages app developers to pay attention to this factor and to prepare the official version optimized programs and games, like the existing Facebook and YouTube Go Lite, where products are less demanding and consumes less bandwidth. In the future, the company intends, along with a new full-fledged Android OS to produce a lightweight version.
Presented at last year’s conference platform for Daydream VR will support the top smartphones Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, and the future flagship of LG.
Cooperation with Qualcomm, Google, HTC and Lenovo should lead to the emergence of standalone gadgets for virtual reality with a private
displays the hardware (which usually implies the absence of wires) and a set of sensors for positioning in space. Can we expect the announcement this year, and what will be the cost of the equipment, not reported.
Themes of augmented reality were also affected by representatives of Google. At the conference mentioned the positioning system and read spatial labels in buildings. This can be useful when you visit shopping complexes or hypermarkets, where the gadget will be able to build a route to the desired product. AR is also useful in teaching students, which clearly show the structure of a tornado or DNA.
Personal assistant Google now Assistant will appear in the Apple smartphones. However, in the iPhone it will not be able to set the alarm, or to always work by default, as a full assistant — this role will be for Siri. The novelty is already available in the Apple Store, and for call voice smart widget will appear. Ask questions Google Assistant by voice and text, which is useful if the user wants to maintain the privacy of your treatment. History query and response is maintained.
Technology Google Lens will allow you to recognize objects that are sent to the main camera, and get information about them. For example, with Google Assistant, the user can photograph the sign and get customer reviews straight from Google Maps. And when you point the camera at the login and password to the Wi-Fi network gadget automatically authorized it. To learn the name of exotic flower or bird is also not difficult.
This service is widely demanded among the users, but because Google often tries to please new functionality and maintain the platform at a decent level of development. For example, now the gallery offers one-click to share uploaded photos to those people that they “lit up”. There was also a function to open access to selected albums only to specific users.
For U.S. residents is available the function of automatic photobooks from the selected frames. In the future it will be possible to remove unwanted objects from the images.
Among the new features of smart-column Google Home the developers said adding event notifications from the calendar, scheduled flights and traffic on the usual or the selected route. To inform them on the device will light up the lights of notification. Seeing them, users simply ask what happened, and the voice assistant will give important news. Thus, Google Home won’t Wake anyone, and do not scare, deciding at the same moment as the entered data, prohormonal them. Support contacts from the smartphone’s phonebook and calls are also available.
Tensor Processing Unit, introduced last year proprietary hardware platform for the systems of machine learning, use Google for search query and improve its services (Google Translate, Google Photos, etc) in those cases where there is training of artificial intelligence. TPU compatible with opensorce library for machine learning, called TensorFlow. Now the Internet giant announced the arrival of the second generation TPU — cloud solution from hardware and software, which is the basis for the most ambitious of Google’s technology related to AI and machine learning. The system was commissioned on the Google Computer Engine, which can be rented by other companies and developers. Performance TPU is 180 teraflops. Google promises to provide free access to the cluster from 1000 TPU those customers that are willing to publish their results or share source code.
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