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Google I/O 2018: A Couple of Announcements that Got Me Excited.

Yesterday, Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference, and just like last year’s I/O conference, they’ve made a couple of announcements that I can’t wait to try out. 

Check them out below:  (P.S. You can click on the bar to reveal the content)

Like I said in my previous post, Google is getting a few new AI tricks that will fall under “Suggested Actions.”

This will allow you do things like automatically share photos with the people who are in them, fix the brightness of underexposed photos, convert pictures of documents into PDFs, or colorize old black-and-white-photos automatically.

He is one of the announcements that got me excited:

Yes, John Legend’s voice is coming to Google Assistant and I am sure the men amongst us are probably reading this post with this face: 

But the ladies can understand why I am this excited. 

However, that is just a small part of what was announced under Google Assistant. 

The new Google Assistant will be able to make phone calls on your behalf, not sure how that would work, but CEO Sundar Pichai showed two different demos of Google Assistant calling an actual human at an actual business to make a haircut appointment and a dinner reservation all by itself and without ever disclosing it was a robot.

 They are also adding an optional ‘Pretty Please’ where the assistant will respond positively to being asked ‘please’ so it can prevent kids from getting into the habit of being bossy about their requests.

Android P is going to undergo a couple of changes, but the major focus would be on battery. The latest version of Android will get a new “Adaptive Battery,” feature that uses AI to control which apps are running in the background so you can maximize your battery life. In addition to that, there is “Adaptive Brightness” which will try to watch how you like to set the brightness of your phone vs. the ambient lighting, and then learn to do it all by itself.

Then there is the new dashboard that will give you detailed information on how much time you spend using various apps and even allow you to set limits on how much you can use any given app.

Android P also includes a “Shush” mode, which silences all your notifications (except calls from folks listed as emergency contacts) whenever you place your phone face-down on a surface, and “Wind Down” mode, which automatically turns your screen to greyscale every night at a bedtime that you decide.

 

Of course, there were other announcements like these ones:

  1. The rebranding of its research division to Google AI 
  2. The fact that Google Assistant and YouTube are coming to Smart Displays
  3. The announcement of a new generation for its TPU machine learning hardware
  4. The new Google News that wants to take on Facebook News
  5. …And a new SDK that makes it easy to add AI smarts to iOS and Android apps

But the announcements made under the highlighted tags have me stoked. Anyway, over to you, what announcement(s) are you excited about?

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10 comments on “Google I/O 2018: A Couple of Announcements that Got Me Excited.

  1. Isaiah says:

    Wow this is I can’t wait to see how the new Google assistant will work. Please when will it be available

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      They didn’t give a specific date, but let’s just say in a couple of months.

      1. Isaiah says:

        Ok thanks

  2. Emmanuel says:

    Any announcement about “Pixel 3”????

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      Pixel 3 usually gets unveiled in the fourth quarter.

      Also, the Pixel 2 launched on October 4, 2017, while the original Pixel and Pixel XL launched on October 4, 2016, so it seems reasonable to assume that the Pixel 3 will launch on October 4, 2018.

  3. Of All the Announcements , It’s the Android P that i’m most excited about

  4. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    this is awesome…

  5. Nice one. The changes on Android P is great.

  6. Gabriel Uzowulu says:

    Can’t believe I missed this news.

  7. Gabriel Uzowulu says:

    Apple fans just got a license to say “they are copycats”.

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