Google I/O 2018 Highlight & Keynote: What to expect!

14 May 2018

Last year’s announcements at Google I/O made great headlines and also put smiles on tech enthusiasts. This is 2018 and yet another Google IO has been kicked off in Mountain View, California. This annual conference makes the public aware of what Google has been working on, and what can people expect to form them in the coming future. While there have been many new announcements, we have listed the ones that are the biggest and most exciting for us, you and everyone!

Android P with Beta version

Android P, even known as the Pistachio Ice Cream, is the next big update for all the Android users. Not feeling excited? Well, Google has released the Android P public preview for the users to test out and experience what they are going to get with the official release. Anyone with Google Pixel, Essential Phone, OnePlus, Sony, Oppo, Mi will be able to install the public beta now. Not only this, users who want to taste the official Pistachio Ice Cream can have it on their phone by this Autumn, as announced by Google.

Android P is said to boast many new features that will greatly enhance the user experience. Newer user interface and customizations will improve the battery life, screen time and will also make your phone faster than ever before. Features like “App Actions” and “App Slices” will be present in the newer Android P, that will improve the phone’s productivity to a noticeable expanse. 

Smart Compose for Gmail

Gmail has been the most used e-messaging service worldwide and gmail application on phones makes it easier to quickly compose and send important emails to colleagues, family, friends or anyone sitting anywhere in the world. The Smart Compose feature will be powered by AI and will be useful in various ways such as making reminders, suggesting sentences and correcting the phrases.

The smart compose operates in the background and will make writing emails a breeze. Google promised to bring this new smart compose feature in coming weeks. Apparently, users can enable the new settings that will enable them to use this new feature as soon as it will arrive simply by going to Settings of the Gmail app and click on “Try Out New Gmail” and enable the “experimental access” option. 

Fresh Assistant Voices!

If you use the Google AI, Assistant, quite often and are bored of hearing the same voice again and again, here’s a good news for you, Google is bringing not one, but six new Google voices Assistant and to your surprise, the voice of the singer-songwriter John Legend will also be one of those voices. All this has been made possible because of the furtherance in the field of artificial intelligence, which is capable of generating new voices of any person within few months rather than years that was quite a long time. 

Continued Conversation

There are many of you who loves talking to the google assistant and ask out silly thing, you can’t say no to this fact because we do that too. What makes it pretty annoying is to say “OK Google” or “Hey Google”every time you want to say or ask something from the assistant that sounds like you have to wake up google every time and that somewhere in public sounds really weird.

So to tackle this annoying issue and make your conversations go swiftly with the assistant, Google has developed a new feature called the Continued Conversation, releasing in coming weeks, that will enable users to say the “OK Google” or “Hey Google” ones and for all and they can continue the conversation thereafter. Sounds relieving, right! 

Smart got smarter with the Duplex Technology

Have you ever been much busy with the work that you missed booking important appointments or you have to travel somewhere but forgot to book your travel tickets? It happens with many people quite often and that not only waste one’s time but also holds the productivity by that time.

You will be glad to know that like a real-life personal assistant, who can make calls on your behalf and book various appointments and travel tickets, Google assistant has been improved with the Google’s new duplex technology that can easily make calls and book appointments on your behalf. This feature is still in the development mode and Google might soon release the public beta for you to test it out.

Google maps with AR Integration

Have you ever been to some unknown place and could not figure out exactly where you are as the blue dot showing your location is so confusing. This can lead to a lot of annoyance and trust me, this has happened with me while figuring out where to go while standing to an unknown street, ending up asking from some stranger about the directions.

To solve this issue, Google has combined the lens, street view and the augmented reality technology with the google maps to effectively and precisely display your correct location and tell you in which direction you must proceed to reach your destination. They have also made announcements about the integration of the Google maps with an assistant that will greatly help the users to perform various operations while driving.

Elaboration of Google Lens

Back in 2017, Google lens made it to the headlines in the tech world when it was announced. Primarily, being a Pixel only feature, it has been made available to newer devices lately. Google, at the Google IO 2018 announced that Google Lens will make it’s ways to a number of newer devices and might as well be included to the default camera application itself in devices such as Motorola, Pixel, Sony, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Asus, Nokia a lot more. It will also feature more advanced new features that will make it come handy quite often.

Refined Google Photos

Google Photos has not been used by many people, but now Google is going to give you solid reasons to use the Photos app. Features such as Smart Actions, that can spot any of your family member or friend in your gallery without having to scroll between hundreds of photos Also, you will not be able to directly convert your photos into PDF format within the google photos application. Other cool features such as recovering color, adding color to black & white’s has been added.

Overhauled Google News

If the current Google news app seems boring to you, don’t worry, as it won’t be dreary anymore. Google has announced the enhancement (both cosmetic as well as productive) to their news app, providing you a pleasurable experience while reading what’s going on around the world. With the design similar to Flipboard, it sure going to look pretty amazing. It will use the machine learning technology to deliver high quality and interest based news to the user. They have promised to roll out the news app update within the next week.

The Coverup

From an app that composes emails itself to John Legend being your personal assistant, the Google IO 2018 has brought us a stack of intensification to the Google product lineup, and made them better than ever before, thanks to all the advancements in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques, that Google is master of, period.

Pratik Gothaliya

Pratik Gothaliya is the Founder and CTO of Quest Infosense, A web & Mobile app development company. Pratik has accomplished over 9 years of experience in the software industry. Being an integral part of the company he assures uncluttered functionality for service or products development to clients. he promptly stands with unparalleled accomplishment for his clients and people.


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