Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

8 things we learnt from the Google I/O 2018 keynote

8 things we learnt from the Google I/O 2018 keynote

Google Lens, which is incorporated into the Google Photos and Assistant apps, is also gaining new features.

This is very much related to Google Assistant, but it deserves a section all to itself for the WOW factor.

In similar computer vision-related news, Google debuted a new app called Lookout, which helps the blind and visually impaired to learn about their surroundings through audio descriptions.

"Adaptive Battery" will prioritise "battery power only for the apps and services you use the most". The user experience for the user is seamless as the window treatment and the way they launch the app for the launcher remains the same whether they're using an Android app or a Linux app. Google wants its interface to be simple, intelligent and have come up with a new term called "Digital well being". The integration of the Google Assistant contributes to reducing distractions for drivers and allows them keep their eyes on the road at all times.

Google News will be one of the products that gets a boost from the company's increasing focus on AI. But arguably more interesting than this, Google announced that Chrome OS is getting Linux support, meaning you will soon be able to run Linux apps and execute Linux commands. The update will be available later this year. Google worked on the brightness according to your preference automatically. Duplex is still under development, however Google is planning on releasing a testing phase and launching it inside Assistant this summer. As part of Volvo's system, the tool will enable you to control functions such as air-conditioning, music apps and sending messages.

Pichai claimed that while the Android user sees Assistant replying to it normally on screen where it says, "No problem". In the near future, Google Assistant will be able to make calls for you, eliminating the need to deal with pesky humans ever again.

A "wind down" mode would fade the screen to gray at a designated time to help you disconnect before bed. We also expect the algorithm to improve the overall battery health as you'd be required to charge the phone less often.

At the firm's annual I/O developer conference, Google's latest innovations included revamps for its Android operating system, as well as Gmail and virtual helper Google Assistant.

Google's smart camera software is now able to understand words to a greater extent and can copy and paste them from images into the phone as text. You can sign up here to get one.

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