Google rolling out arsenal of services, gadgets

Posted May 19, 2017

Demoing the new technology during his keynote address, Pichai showed Lens identifying a flower's genus and species from only a photo, connecting to Wi-Fi after snapping a picture of a network name and password, automatically scheduling billboard-advertised events as Google Calendar appointments, and displaying detailed information about businesses-including reviews, hours of operation, and contact information-with a single shutter-click.

Android O focuses on what Google calls fluid experiences and vitals. Notification Dots is a new way for developers to notify users about about activity on the app, driving engagement. Samat declined to share any carrier or manufacturing partners Google has with Android Go.

Now Google is releasing the voice-controlled assistant on a free app designed for iPhone's operating system, thus basically competing with Apple on its own turf. The good news is Google believes notification dots can be added to most apps with nearly zero effort.

With the new Autofill API, interesting use cases will be made possible.

She also stated that in Android O, there are limitations being put in to protect battery life, which is something that just about every smartphone out there struggles with. With instant apps, however, all users would have to do is click a link; the applet would quickly load and let them do what they came for. And the contrast with one of the Galaxy S8's most publicized features is pretty stark. The only way to activate Google Assistant is to open the app from the app drawer. It's not too much of a stretch to imagine the feature might well be baked into the Google camera app on the next generation of Pixel phones. And Smart Text Selection improves copy and paste-because who enjoys fumbling with text selection handles?

Last on the fluid experiences side of the coin we find TensorFlow. Jobs will leverage Google's advanced machine learning capabilities to better match opportunities with candidates.

While these developments will take some time to reach people, the Smart Reply feature in Gmail, that will be able to read as well as understand the content and provide relevant reply options, will be available instantly. The company is working on a new Neural Network API that will work hand-in-hand with TensorFlow Lite in order to take advantage of hardware acceleration.

Google Play product manager Ellie Powers said there are 50 instant apps in the wild already, and that the companies behind them have seen notable lifts in sales and engagement. It comes in the form of a separate application that can be downloaded from the App Store. This essentially means that native apps will load as fast as a web page.

Google Lens, announced at I/O, is Google's attempt to make the visual world searchable. Predictably, Google is promising that Android O will offer improved battery life and faster load times, but we'll have to wait until final code is available on real devices to see how true those claims are.

Developers should be happy to learn that the Play Console includes six new dashboards to help them pinpoint crash rates, ANR rates, frozen frames, slow rendering, excessive wakeups, and stuck wake locks.

In addition, Google.ai has been teaming Google researchers with scientists and developers to tackle problems across a range of disciplines, with promising results.

Google described Android Go as a streamlined version of Android for phones with less than 1GB of memory. Google's first-generation TPUs are created to perform AI inference using 8-bit integers; it's not clear what math precision the second-generation units use.