Google I/O Keynote at Day One of the annual festival was one hell of a ride for viewers and the technology world alike. The event commenced on 8th May and will continue till the 10th at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, where developers will discuss technological advancements and also get a hands-on coding experience with Codelabs.
On the first day, the keynote was kicked off by the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, where he announced things that would determine the future of Google Assistant, Android, and Lens. However, artificial intelligence was the most significant theme throughout.
So, without further ado, let us take a look at major announcements by Sundar Pichai.
If you are an android user and habitual of the 'three-button' navigation, then it's time to upgrade, since that's what Google has done too. Android P comes with numerous changes and has accomplished gestures similar to an iPhone-X. One of the best features is the new Dashboard that tells you how you spend your time on your device.
The beta version is out now, but it will only be available in the market later this summer.
Google has decided to expand its AI-based Smart Reply feature by integrating their new Smart Compose idea into Gmail. It will use artificial intelligence and make your email drafting process easier by suggesting you sentences and words to write emails from scratch.
Google Maps will now have a 'For You' tab that will suggest you things, places, and restaurants you must visit in your neighborhood. You can make plans with anyone in real-time to meet accordingly. Another feature that has been added to the maps is Augmented Reality. This feature will pair Street View data with AI and provide you turn-by-turn directions.
It looks like Google is ready to expand their Google Lens features by adding a new one where you can copy text from the real world into your phone. Let's say, you write a tale on paper (could be papyrus too) and now you don't want to rewrite it in your phone. Well, all you will have to do is point Google Lens over the written text, grab it and then paste it into an editor on your phone. Easy Peasy!
The most mind-boggling and scary feature unveiled by Sundar Pichai was Google Duplex. In this feature, he showed how the Assistant made the phone call to make an appointment. The conversation sounded like two real human beings talking, and it was f***ing scary. You can watch the video below.
Our future looks exciting, but it is scary at the same time. Even late Stephen Hawking had said in 2016 that humanity might have only 1000 years on our planet. He also downgraded the time to next 100 years.
For now, I am scared AF with the way technology is evolving. Share what you think in the comment section.
Till then, see ya!