Google I/O 2018 was held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in California on Tuesday, May 8th. Before the conference started, Google rebranded its Google Research as Google AI, which already gave us the idea where it is heading next. Google made pretty big announcements, and its major focus was on new upcoming features of Google Assistant and new Android P. In case you were watching your favourite TV show at that time or you somehow managed to miss the annual conference keynote from the biggest tech giant, no need to worry. We will tell you all the important highlights from Google I/O 2018.
If you are tired from seeing those PlayStation controller buttons on the bottom navigation bar of Android devices, then there is a good news for you because Google is changing them. Android P will now feature a pill-shaped icon as home button and an unfilled triangle pointed to the left side as back button. It will also introduce a new gesture system which will enable users to open App switcher just by swiping up the home button at bottom of screen. We have seen similar gestures in Apple iPhone X, some people are saying its stealing, but Apple fans are quoting it as “learning from the best”.
Android P is getting personal, let’s all hope that is not what alphabet P in upcoming version stands for; as we are aware of the long tradition of Google naming Android OS alphabetically after sweet treats. (Eclair to Oreo). Android P will provide a higher level personalization to its users like adaptive battery and brightness settings. There is a new dashboard which will tell its users how they are spending time on their Android device with respect to each App.
Google Assistant is getting major upgrades, it will feature six new voices but that’s not all. It can now make phone calls on your behalf, and it can make bookings for you. Google Assistant will soon be able to actually understand the nuances of conversation with the new technology called Google Duplex. However, don’t get too excited as it still can’t stall your spouse on the phone call.
After Smart Reply, Google is now bringing Smart Compose to Gmail which will assist users in composing their emails, and it will auto complete their sentences with the help of AI. Google News will now show you improved News, sorted and picked intelligently with the help of AI.
Google Maps is getting a new social features and augmented reality directions. It will include an augmented reality turn-by-turn mode when you will move. Google is also enabling its Google Lens augmented reality helper into its Camera App, which will allow its users to grab and copy the text from real world, or scan and find similar objects.