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Every year, a lot of tech events take place around the world… and no doubts, the Google I/O is one of the biggest. Google I/O is an annual developer conference where Google announces new hardware, software, and various updates for its existing apps and services. This year we had the event from May 7 to May 9 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
Google has big plans for the second half of 2019 that run from the home to the auto. At its just-concluded Google I/O developer conference, the tech giant unveiled the Google Nest Hub Max, talked about its plans for Lens and AR, showed a more personal side of Google Assistant, debuted cheaper Pixel 3A and 3A XL phones and revealed new features in in Android Q. Let's have a look on them!
As you know, Google isn’t only popular for its search engine, apps and all other software it operates. The company also dabbles into hardware and as you’d expect —given the resources at its disposal— makes the best of them. On the hardware side of things, there certainly wasn't a let down. Starting at $399, the affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL are now official, and come with the signature photographic capabilities the Pixel line is famous for. You'll sacrifice wireless charging and waterproofing, but the value is still unbelievable for these devices. The new Pixel 3a series starts at $399 and is available for purchase worldwide.
The Nest Hub Max is also an interesting proposition. At the 2019 I/O, Google also announced the $229 Nest Hub Max, a 10-inch smart display with a smart speaker and wide-angle security camera which will be joining other Google Smart home products — Google Home, Home Mini, and Max. The Nest Hub Max was announced with features like improved vocal control (you can now simply say “Stop” to silence your alarm), a smart hand gesture feature that allows you stop music play by raising your hand in front of the device, smart facial recognition feature and more.
The full features of the 10th-generation of the Android operating system were announced at the Google I/O 2019. The big news on the software side is that the third Android Q beta is now available for selected smartphones and has new features like Focus Mode, Wind Down mode, the System-wide Dark mode, AI-assisted notification Smart Replies, Improved security, privacy features, and linked accounts for parents and kids.
Google also took to stage at the I/O 2019 to announce that it will be incorporating Augmented Reality (AR) into Search soon. When you search for stuff on Google, the scene viewer will use AR to bring you a 3D model of your search result which you can interact within your environment. Google also announced plans to index podcast on its search engine in the future. When it arrives in Search, users will be able to search for podcast contents by title, episodes and more. There’s more: you’ll be able to listen to podcast episodes in search results.
Lastly, Search will also be getting an Incognito mode. Google says searches made in Incognito mode will not be recorded to your Google account.
As part of a broader effort to track its users somewhat less, Google Maps is getting an incognito mode, and it's about time! When you turn on Incognito mode in Maps, places you search for and get directions to will not be saved to your Google Account. Additionally, Google will be incorporated AR into Maps as well. Currently available on Pixel phones only, users will now be guided in real time to their destination by an AR Walking mode.
Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai took to the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheater to announce that the company was able to shrink the size of the AI package that powers the Assistant. Thereof, it will be much faster in understanding queries and subsequently respond to them quicker than before. He also revealed that the next-gen Google Assistant will only take up half a gigabyte on Android devices. Additionally, Assistant would be getting a Driving Mode and would also be able to work with third-party apps.
Like the Assistant, the Google Lens is also now faster and way smarter. Google Lens is going to get an update which will allow it to be extra helpful in a restaurant, for example: when pointed at a menu, it can then find images of the menu item you're interested in from Google Maps to show you what it looks like before you decide what to eat. With Google’s new update to the Lens, foreign languages can now be translated and read aloud in real-time. The new update will also show translated text directly above the original text.
Coming later this year as a built-in feature of the Android Q operating system, Live Caption will transcribe any video you’re watching on your smartphone… without internet connection! How amazing. While watching a video on your smartphone, click the volume rockers and select the Live Caption icon in the volume rocker menu. The Live caption feature works across all apps and will efficiently transcribe any video you’re watching, even videos that have never been manually close-captioned.
Focus Mode is a new feature that will be coming to Android P and Android Q devices later this year. Focus Mode is more of an update to the “Wind Down” feature of the Android P’s Digital Wellbeing. What Focus Mode does is to allow users temporarily disable distracting apps by switching them off. So if you are at work, you can disable/pause all apps that aren’t work-related so you can focus at work.
Google Duplex have also been updated beyond making calls on your behalf. The new-gen Google Duplex now comes with web support and will be able to make car rental bookings, restaurant reservations, purchase movie tickets, and do some advance online auto-fill activities. With the new Google Duplex, when you say something in the line of “Hey Google, purchase a movie ticket from XXXX cinema,” and Duplex will go to the cinema’s website and automatically fill out all the necessary information on your behalf.
Google says Duplex web support is coming to Android (in the UK and US) devices later this year. For iOS devices, no date was announced.
Starting in the next version of Android, Google will begin distributing some security updates through its app store, allowing those updates to be pushed out to devices much faster than they are now. Currently, there’s a long process between Google issuing a security update and a phone manufacturer, like Samsung or LG, sending that update out to its devices. Google isn’t getting rid of that process for all updates, but this change will cut down on its impact. The new feature, called Project Mainline, will be part of Android Q. It’ll allow Google to send some security updates directly to Android phones through the Play Store, which is installed on basically all Android phones outside of China.
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Source: Androidpit, dignited.com