Google I/O 2016: Keynote Highlights
Google’s annual developer’s conference began yesterday in San Francisco, and at the keynote they unveiled the latest new products and features that will be available soon. Some of these products include a smart home gadget, artificial intelligence bots, virtual reality devices and improved messaging apps, proving Google isn’t about to be left in the dust when it comes to innovation. In case you missed it, here is everything you need to know about the Google I/O 2016 Keynote!
Let’s start with the first product, Google Home – a new home assistant with small speakers that provides a broad range of services. The system lets you enjoy music and entertainment more easily than ever, with the ability to access your music by simply asking the speaker. It has the capability for multi-room playback, and even connects to your television. Not only that, Google Home will become a control centre for your whole home by managing everyday tasks effortlessly. You’ll be able to set alarms & timers, manage to-do lists, and turn on lights & thermostats. Plus, the device’s third feature allows you to ask Google Home anything you want to know. With search built in, the speaker is always listening and readily available to answer any questions with Google’s powerful search engine.
Google CEO Sundar Pinchai said during his address, “It is truly the moment of mobile. There are over 3 billion people connected, and they are using the Internet in ways we have never seen. They live on their phones.” With that in mind, it’s only fitting that several of Google’s new products are focused on mobile devices.
New Messaging Apps
Google unveiled two new messaging apps, Allo and Duo. Allo is an app that incorporates their artificial intelligence bot, Google Assistant. Built into the core of the app, Google Assistant makes it easier to have an instant messaging conversation. With the Smart Reply feature, you can respond to messages without typing a single word: intelligent suggestions appear on the screen that really relate to the message’s content. Plus, you can use Search, Maps, YouTube and more in all your conversations so you can Google with your friends.
The second messaging app announced is Duo, a new video-calling app that is compatible with Android and iOS. The stand-out feature of Duo is Knock Knock, which enables you to see the caller in a preview before you even answer the call. Unlike other video-calling apps, Duo will work even on spotty network connections and can easily transition between using wi-fi and cellular data.
Daydream – A New Virtual Reality
Joining in on the virtual reality craze, a new virtual reality platform was announced — Daydream will run only on new phones certified by Google. Daydream will include several VR versions of the most popular apps including YouTube, Netflix and the Play Store. Plus, they’re working on new headsets and controllers that are set to come out later this year.
Android Instant Apps
One of the most fascinating announcements by Google yesterday was Android Instant Apps, which allows you to run Android apps without downloading them. This feature loads the section of apps you need without having to actually install the app on your mobile device. Not only is it beneficial for users who don’t want to clutter up their smartphones with unnecessary apps, it’s also a valuable option for app developers. Google sees Instant Apps as a way to discover apps outside of the Play Store, that allows developers to simply share a link to the app instead.
From VR to AI to advancements in video-calling, this has been one of the most exciting keynote addresses by Google yet. We can’t wait to try out all the products ourselves!