Google I/O 2018

10/05/2018 by Fran Davison

This morning I took some time to find out about the announcements made by Google at their keynote conference yesterday in Mountain View, California. Working in a technological environment means that there is always an excitement when new things are being introduced. Having seen some of the new offerings by Google it’s safe to say that the advancements being made are, in some ways, going to be life-changing for many people.

So, what is it?

Each year Google holds the conference for developers and reveals the plans they have for the upcoming year or so. This year’s biggest topic was…drum roll, please…Artificial Intelligence!! Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, talked about major changes being made, these generally seemed to be focused on AI. What I loved most was that there seemed to be a clear focus on the user experience, enhancing this by making changes.

Topics of interest:

  • Android P  The new operating system is bringing out some new features. The dashboard shows you how you’ve used your phone for example: counting the times you unlock your phone, how many notifications you’ve had and time spent on apps! Its intention is to help users use their phone in a simpler way and in essence, encourages them to spend less time on it. All hail the digital detox!
  • Google Duplex– Is the all-new google assistant. It’s less robotic and allows for a more free-flowing conversation. It can even book appointments for you and the best thing is it sounds exactly like another person! 
  • Gmail – Drafting emails has never become easier. Using something called ‘smart compose’ Gmail will be able to use AI to guess what you’re going to say next. Just make sure it’s right before you send it!
  • Google Maps – It is getting more social by providing a ‘for you’ feature giving you relevant updates from the best restaurants to the best places to visit and will be doing augmented reality directions and utilising street view.
  • Google Lens – It will be able to copy text from the real world through the camera and let you access information afterward. It also allows you to hold your phone up to pretty much anything and it will recognize it and provide you with the relevant info.

What does it all mean?

Well for anyone who loves technology it’s exciting to see what is in store for the future and for Android devices in particular. The user interface and design changes stood out and are fierce competition for Apple. It means better and more tailored experiences as well as convenience and instantly accessible information. In a way, it’s streamlining usability and providing a simple platform to do so.

N.B Artificial Intelligence (AI)

“The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.”