Major Announcements From Google I/O 2017

Joanna Estrada
May 20, 2017

The next-generation version of Android includes faster boot-up times, better performance, tweaked notifications and improved battery life. Alongside the Android O, the company also announced Android Go which is an optimised Android software for entry-level consumers on devices with up to 1GB of RAM.

Android Go takes several measures to make sure the operating system and apps remain lightweight and has a particular emphasis on controlling mobile data usage. Perhaps the most significant feature is that Home users will be able to make hands-free phone calls, through the device. Apart from these improvements to the code, Android O will come with new features such as 'Picture in Picture (PIP) and Smart Text Selection. Your friend sends you a URL link to an app, say an e-store which you don't want on your smartphone. A slide behind him also noted that Google's error rate in voice recognition is now just under 5 percent, down from 8.5 percent in July, 2016, according to one slide behind Pichai.

In the latter, the California-based company has relegated a number of specialised settings into an Advanced dropdown menu, which reduces some of the clutter and keeps the whole thing a little more user-friendly. Those that now are can be found under the Assistant Apps section of the AI app and need to be referred to by name in order to be used.

The app is available to download right now in the Google Play Store, although we're expecting to here a little more about the redesign at Google's event today.

The app store-level checks are created to prevent users from installing malware or shady apps that somehow make their way into the Play store.

As part of a years-old tradition, Google will name the next Android version after a dessert or sweet-tasting snack beginning with the letter "O". All Android users with a compatible device can join the beta and try out the OS. Therefore, it has high probabilities of getting well received by users.

With iPhones running Apple's iOS and pretty much everything else running Android, there are two clear favourites, with Windows Phone practically impossible to sight, and other platforms like Firefox OS, Tizen, and the last of the dumbphones harder and harder to find. With TPU and TensorFlow being optimized to work together, the tech giant is effectively transforming its cloud computing platform into the Android for AI.

Google believes that the future lies in artificial intelligence (AI), as shown in its Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday (May 17).

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