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The Future Seems Bright With Everything Google’s Bringing In This Year
By Mikelle Leow, 18 May 2017
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Google kick-started its annual I/O developer conference on 17 May 2017 with some groundbreaking announcements that will help elevate the future of Android, Chrome, and more.
Check out some of the company’s most state-of-the-art updates so far. Watch the live event over at the I/O event page.
1. Android O
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Of course, it wouldn’t be a Google I/O without a mention of the company’s quintessential product, Android. Although ‘Android O’ doesn’t have an official name yet, Google has been less than ambiguous about the product’s upcoming features.
From the Google I/O keynote: keep your Google Duo call going across apps, courtesy of Android O's new Picture-in-picture mode. pic.twitter.com/fNR1UfQcEv— Justin Uberti (@juberti) May 17, 2017
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‘Android O’ will include a picture-in-picture feature, which is very similar to a UI feature that already exists on YouTube. It’s a multi-window function that allows users to simultaneously manage two tasks at once, such as watching videos while you’re browsing through Chrome.
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‘Android O’ will also introduce ‘Notification Dots’, a revolutionary way to read notifications. When you long-press an app icon, a blob will show up, giving you a preview of the alert.
If you’ve been copying and pasting content on a daily basis, here’s good news for you: users can now long-press on single words to copy entire blocks of telephone numbers, addresses, URLs, and email addresses, which according to Google, are the most copied texts.
Older devices will also have a boost on battery life. Find out more on the Android Developers Blog.
2. Google Home
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The new ‘Google Home’ will be so intuitive, it’ll let you know when there’s a change in your flight status or heavy traffic on the way to an event.
But the feature that has everyone’s head turning is hands-free calling. Home telephones may soon be made redundant as every ‘Home’ device will be transformed into a free speaker phone. Some of the more prominent updates include free calls in the United States and Canada, and that your number will show up as “Private” unless you customize it.
You will also be able to stream music from Spotify, SoundCloud, and Deezer.
3. Google for Jobs
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Google announced its plans to launch a job search engine that uses AI to help users find relevant job listings. It will allow users to apply for jobs in one click by instantly sending out applications after you press a button.
4. Google Lens
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Worth mentioning is the ultra-intelligent ‘Google Lens’, which leverages on AI to recognize images that you’ve captured on your phone’s camera.
For example, a user will be able to find out the name of a flower simply by pointing their camera at it. If you happen to be at a friend’s house and need their Wi-Fi password, just capture an image of the Wi-Fi data and you’ll be signed in to the network right away. Learn more about this incredibly handy tool here.
Visit the Google I/O conference page for more live updates.
[via The Daily Dot and Gizmodo, videos via various sources, images via various sources]
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