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5 things i loved at Google I/O 2017 as a Consumer

5 things i loved at Google I/O 2017 as a Consumer

Google just concluded its official developer conference — Google I/O 2017 in Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, California. It was a great moment for me to be part of this conference. Even though i have been at this event several time, this conference looked more focused and showed a matured head-way from Google’s than just been a ‘moonshot’ conference.

The bubble game at the I/O played worldwide..live

Why did blue always win? Ha ha! Someone called it a bot. Whatever it was, it was well presented. Ideal time-buyout. And then, the SUNDAR moment 🙂 Someone in the audience shouted “We love you sundar” — he was sharp to reply “I love you guys too..!”

The bubble game at the I/O played worldwide..live

Here are some of my best picks of this week’s event, not in any specific order:

Smart Replies in Gmail

Reading emails on the go is rather an easy tasks. Pain is when you actually have to reply. This is where Google’s new improvements can help in Gmail. Using ‘Smart Reply’ feature of Gmail in Android & iOS, the app suggests you quick responses to your received messages. Smart Reply suggests three responses based on the email you received. Once you select one of the option, you can either push the email to the other party or edit your response starting with the Smart Reply text. Whichever way, you still save some time. This features utilizes machine learning to give you better responses, based on the amount of usage of this feature.

The bubble game at the I/O played worldwide..live

Google also announced another cool feature ‘Smart Text Selection’ using which, while selecting the text, the app understands the context and give you the resultant data. Say for example, you have a text of address in one time, and the remainder of the address overflows to another. Bu double tapping on the first line in edit mode, the app will understand the context to be the address and copy the entire address for you, which was not possible until now.

The ‘Android’ Empire

Last may, Google officially confirmed that Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US. While we enter into the new year, Android has started building a new superiority in the world of technology. Android has now surpassed 2 Billion monthly active devices, and these devices are collection of Smartphones, Tablets, Android Wearables, Android TVs and other devices that are powered by Android. There were a lot of speculations specially that Google would announce the name of O flavor. However, it did not. Instead, suggested that Android O would be coming later this year and would have more features including the ‘Vitals’ and this version would also aim to bring more fluidic experience for users.

The bubble game at the I/O played worldwide..live

One of the most coolest feature announced was the ‘picture-in-picture’ mode which allows to video watch while doing multitasking say viewing your daily calendar. And this is right possible from the home screen itself. The mind boggling number of 82 billion apps were downloaded from Google Play last year, and India is largely to be one of the biggest contributors to this. Though YouTube did get mentioned during the keynote, the star of the show is the arrival announcement of 360-degree YouTube video support in the YouTube smart TV app. One of the surprise announcement came in the form of ‘Super Chat’, a tool that lets you pay to pin comments on live streams. Using this feature, the viewers can pay to pin a comment on live streams. A new feature in the YouTube VR app will soon let people watch and discuss videos together.

In the wearable space, not much were announced expect for the new partners who have come on board to join hands with Google. With new partners like Emporio Armani, Movado and New Balance, Android Wear now powers almost 50 different watches. Android Auto now supports into more than 300 cars; and Google proudly announced that Android Auto users have grown 10x since last year. Android TV Device activations are also seeing 1 million new Android TV device activations every two month, which have doubled since last year’s numbers.

Enhanced ‘Google Assistant’ & ‘Smarter Google Home’

If you are an iPhone user, rejoice as Google Assistant is now available on iPhone. With this service available on more than 100 million devices, Google launched Google Lens as an upgraded armour to its service. According to Google, Lens is a new way for computers to “see” — you’ll be able to learn more about and take action on the things around you, while you’re in a conversation with your Assistant. For example, you can simply point your phone at the storefront and you will see a restaurant’s rating OR you can receive information on band’s pictures and videos pointing the lens at a concert poster. Google is also adding transactions and payments to your Assistant on phones

The bubble game at the I/O played worldwide..live

With Google Home, you can now make hands-free calling to landlines and mobile numbers in U.S. and Canada for free. Google also announced that Home will soon have a bluetooth support. In fact, one of the very ‘missing’ feature is here. Soon you’ll receive for reminders, flight delays and traffic alerts with the Assistant on Google Home and phones.

The bubble game at the I/O played worldwide..live

Job Search in ‘search’

Looking for Jobs? Google launched this very interesting initiative by which the search giant will help people find jobs, and will help employers find the best candidates. The collection of jobs will be right from top executives to retail jobs. Google for Jobs will roll out in the coming weeks, and it will be available initially only in the US. Using this feature, users can search for the type of the job in the search and Google will display card-based results regarding the job, without leaving Google page. Google will fetch the results from several job portals to list these details.

Google Photos — For the Win

Ever since Google Photos were launched 2 years back, i have been a big fan of the same. The service today hosts more than 500 million monthly users. To me, I/O brought great features in Google Photos. Firstly, the app would have a feature Suggested Sharing.

The bubble game at the I/O played worldwide..live

Using an option called Shared Libraries, you can allow families to collectively add images to a central collection more easily. Google would also have a feature which will help you remove unwanted items in your shots. On the other hand, Google also launched a new service that will allow you to print digital books. This service is available for prices that start at only USD 9.99.

The bubble game at the I/O played worldwide..live

Thank you Google Developers Group for the awesome trip. It was a wonderful journey.

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