Google I/O 2017 live updates: Android Go project, Daydream VR headset, Google for Jobs, and more

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This year’s Google I/O developers conference is heavily focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Google’s I/O 2017 keynote, which marks the opening of the company’s annual developer conference, has taken place. Google CEO Sundar Pichai started the keynote, which began at 10.30 pm IST.

The conference is taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California where Google has its headquarters. Google revealed more details about Android O, for which the developer preview is already out. It is also announced Google Assistant is coming to Apple’s iPhone.

Google I/O 2017 live updates from Mountain View, California:

12.29 am: Google for Jobs will show results based on category. Basically you’ll be able to hunt for jobs straight from search itself.

12.27 am: Google for Jobs announced. It will help people find jobs using Google products.

12.26 am: Sundar Pichai back on stage. Talking about Tensor Flow and machine learning and how it can be used to change the world.

12.20 am: Now the focus shifts to augmented reality and what Google is planning around this.

12.15 am: Google has announced a standalone DayDream VR headset. No PC, no cables and no smartphone needed. The headset has ‘world sense’ and can figure out tracking as you move around with it.

12.12 am: Google’s VR/AR VP Clay Bavor on stage. He confirms LG’s next flagship phone will support DayDream. Also Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ will also add DayDream support in the summer with a software update.

12.09 am: Going forward, every Android release will have a Go release. First few set of devices will come in 2018.

12.08 am: YouTube Go will be a feature of Android Go devices. Remember YouTube Go app is currently only available in India.

12.06 am: Google announces Android Go project for entry level devices. The idea is to have more affordable phones, even with just 1GB RAM, where Android O can run smoothly. Data management will be front and centre on these Android Go powered devices. The OS will be optimised for Android Go devices. Data saver will be on by default in Google Chrome in these devices.

12.05 am: More Android users in India, than there are in the US, explains Google.

12.04 am: Android O beta release to be available today

12.03 AM: Google is also adding Kotlin programming language support for Android.

12.00 AM: Google will add ‘sensible’ limits to how apps use battery, especially those running in the background.

11.59 pm: Google Play Protect will scan all your apps, to help protect against apps that could pose a security issue.

11.58 pm: Android O will see an improvement in battery life, security and performance.

11.56 pm: On device machine learning will be a part of Android O.  Google introducing Tensor Flow Lite, which will leverage a new neural network API.

11.54 pm: You can long press an app icon, and see details around the notifications. Google has also extended autofill to apps.

11.51 pm: Google Android O updates: Fluid experiences is what we’ll see first. So Android O, now has Picture in Picture mode. Basically you can continue watching a video, be it on Netflix or YouTube, by pinning it to the bottom of the screen.

11.50 pm: We’re getting an update on Android Wear, Android Auto,  AndroidTV (1 mn device activations every two months.) Google Assistant is coming to AndroidTV. Android Things is being used in over 60 countries. Chromebooks growing globally, says Dave Burke.

11.47 pm: Finally we’re going to hear something around Android. Dave Burke is on stage.

11.43 pm: Super Chat is basically for YouTube content creators to connect with their fans.

11.41 pm: YouTube’s Super Chat feature is now being discussed.

11.39 pm: YouTube app on TV will have 360 videos supported, also Live 360-degree video support is being added as well.

11.37 pm: Google says YouTube viewing on television sets is growing by 90 per cent.

11.35 pm: Wojcicki talks about a network on YouTube, which has helped build prosthetics for children across the world.

11.34 pm: Wojcicki says YouTube has more than 1 billion hours of content being streamed last year.

11.33 pm: YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki is on stage. First time ever.

11.30 pm: Google Lens will also be a part of Google Photos. It will be added to the app later this year.

11.28 pm: Google Photos Books is currently coming to the US, and it will be expanded to other countries soon. Coming to Android, iOS soon.

11.25 pm: Google is also launching Photo Books, which was again predicted. Basically print out high quality, actual physical photo books from your library. Google is offering an option of Soft Cover book or Hard Cover Book. Google will suggest the best photos and layout the book design.

11.24 pm: This feature will be rolling out on Android, iOS and web over the coming weeks.

11.21 pm: Google announces Shared Libraries for Photos. You can basically share your entire library or some photos with your spouse or best friend.

11.17 pm: Google Photos will have a separate share tab where you can see your sharing activities. It will send an SMS or email to someone who doesn’t have the app.

11.16 pm: Google Photos has over 500 million users now. Google is adding three new updates. First, Google Photos will now prompt you to share photos with your friend, based on who is on there in it. Google is using machine learning to remind you to share, and the people with whom you should share a photo.

11.15 pm: Now we are getting an update on Google Photos.

11.12pm: Google is also updating Chromecast devices, and they will show visual responses on your TV when you ask for help on the Google Home Speaker. Once again you can personalise the experience, based on the voice.

11.11pm: Google is also adding visual support for the Home speaker.

11.10pm: Google Home now has support for Spotify, SoundCloud, as well as Bluetooth support. Also support for HBO, etc for more entertainment.  

11.08 pm: Google Home will also support hands-free voice-calling from anywhere. Users have the option of linking their mobile number to the Google Home device as well. “No set-up required,” says Google.

11.07 pm: Google Home will also have a new feature called ‘Proactive Assistance.” Basically the Home speaker will give you alerts, notifications for traffic based on schedule.

11.05 pm: Getting an update on Google Home. It is launching in UK, Germany, Japan, etc. No, it is not launching in India.,

11.04 pm: Basically, users will soon be able to place an order, pay directly from Google Assistant app.  No third-party apps needed on your smartphone.

11.o3 pm: Google Actions on Assistant will be extended beyond Google Home. Essentially third-party app actions can now be carried out on Google Assistant.

11.02 pm: Google now showcasing how the developer platform will get better for Assistant.

11.00 pm: Google Assistant SDK can be used to bring this to other devices as well, including home products. Google Assistant will support French, Japanese, Brazilian, Germany, and a lot more languages by the end of the year.

10.59 pm: Google Assistant is now available on iPhone. Yes, we knew this.

10.58 pm: Essentially if you point your smartphone camera at something, the Assistant will soon be able to decode all of that, and tell you exactly what it is. Be it a dish or a sign in another language. Pretty cool or creepy?

10.56 pm: “We made Google Assistant more conversational recently as it can now recognise the voice of each family member.” Google is adding the ability to type to the Assistant as well. Soon, you can also discuss with the Assistant, what you’ll see.

10.55 pm: Scott Hoffman on stage, giving an update on Google Assistant. “Google Assistant is your personal Google.” Assistant will be more conversational, always available, he adds.

10.54 pm: Pichai now talks about the Google Assistant. We will be getting an update on this, but before that a video.

10.53 pm: Google is also working on auto-draw. Let’s users draw and is based on AI. Pichai says even he can draw with this tool.

10.52 pm: Google is using machine learning to study molecules. “Entirely confident AI will invent new molecules. ”

10.50 pm: Pichai explains how they are applying their AI learnings to health. “Another such area is pathology. Google has built neural nets which can identify when cancer is spreading to other nodes. However, Google admits it does get high false positives. “We are providing tools to help people do better, what they already do.”

10.48 pm: “We want it to be possible for all developers to use machine learnings. We are getting neural nets to design better neural nets,” explains Pichai. Google is using a reinforcement learning approach for its AI.

10.46pm: Sundar Pichai talks about their Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) which are now cloud based and optimised for training and inference. “You can put 64 of these into a super computer. It is an important advance for advance in technical AI.” Cloud TPUs are coming to Google Compute engine.

10.44 pm: With Google Lens, you can just point your smartphone camera to an object and it will recognise it for what it is, be it a flower or a WiFi password, written at the back of a computer. “We are building AI first data centres,” adds Pichai.  

10.42 pm: “Our computer vision systems are now even better than humans.” He shows off a new product Google Lens.

10.41 pm: Google’s Sundar Pichai: Voice is being used as an input, across many of our products. We’ve had significant breakthroughs in voice. Word-error rate continues to improve, even in noisy environments.

10.40pm: Sundar Pichai talking about machine learning, AI and how they are using it across products like Google Maps, Duo, Allo. Google is rolling out ‘Smart Reply’ from Inbox to all users of Gmail.

10.39pm: Android now has 2 billion users, reveals Sundar Pichai

10.37 pm: Seven of our products have 1 billion monthly active users: Pichai

10.36 pm: Google CEO Sundar Pichai is on stage. He says they have 7000 people in the audience today.

10.32 pm: All right, the Google I/O keynote has officially begun. It starts with a video, which is not surprising.

10.30 pm: If you go by the bubble count, then it looks like the venue has over 6000 people in attendance.

10.27 pm: Google I/O’s keynote venue for this year is Shoreline Amphitheatre, which looks pretty packed. Just under 2 minutes to go for the keynote to start.

10.26 pm: Looks like Google I/O will start now. We have to admit the bubbles are intriguing, but get Sundar on stage already.

10.22pm: Google I/O is yet to start, but looks like there’s a live game going on the screen. Bubbles withGoogle.com is something that even you can join in from your computer.

10.15 pm: Google’s livestream has started for the event. The keynote address should begin shortly.

10.01 pm: Android O will also give users more control over notifications. Notifications channel will let them have more control over different kinds of notifications.

9.54 pm: Where Android O is concerned, Google has spoken about how it will improve the battery experience on smartphones. Google will add additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background.

9.33 pm: The Google Assistant won’t just be coming to the iPhone. According to reports, it will also be integrated into GE home appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, washers and dryers.

9.27 pm: DayDream VR will be the other platform from Google, which will likely be discussed during the keynote. Whether Google reveals a new VR headset or not, is something we’ll have to wait and see.

9.24 pm: The other highlight of the event will be the Fuchsia OS, which is supposed to be built on Google’s own Magenta kernel, not Linux like Android. Will be announced for smartphones or tablets? Will it replace Android? We’ll have to wait and see.

9.20 pm: Google will also be adding a new feature to Google Photos. A coffee table book option will be added to the service, says Bloomberg. In short, users will soon be able to print actual photo books from their Google photos collections.  

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9.17 pm: Android O won’t be the only big announcement of the night. We know Google is pretty big on machine learning, and it looks like the Google Assistant will finally be coming to Apple’s iPhone. A report on Bloomberg, has hinted this will be happening.

9.12 pm: Android O will mark an improvement over Android Nougat, and yes we could see some talk around battery performance, improved notifications, better graphics. Developer preview 4 for Android O is already out, and those who are interested can install it already on their Android phones. Will Google reveal what O stands for? Not today, for sure.

9.00 pm: Sundar Pichai will start the keynote, and we’ll see some major announcements today. Android O is a no brainer, so is an update on Android Wear. And yes, expect a lot more talk around Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence.

 

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