Google I/O conference : a lot of new features to come

Google, just like a lot of other tech giants, just presented its new coming features during its annual I/O conference.

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, just released Google’s coming features and future services. Smart emailing, augmented reality and artificial intelligence : quick summary of what is to come on our phones and computers.

Google Assistant

Google’s vocal assistant gets six new human voices, including John Legend’s (only available for English-speaking users). These voices are were chosen to create more natural conversations with between the users and the tool. People won’t have to say “OK Google…” every time they want to ask something to the assistant, thanks to new “continuous sentences”. The vocal assistant will also be able to call humans to book different kind of services, such as an hairdresser appointment for example.

On smartphones, this assistant will have several new abilities, such as adjusting your home’s heating or ordering food. Several partnerships should me made with restaurants chains, such as Starbucks or Domino’s.

Android P

Every year, Google presents a new version of its operating system. For now, the new Android P is only available on beta testing, but should be made public around October.

The company’s goal is to predict its users’ desires. The App Actions will allow their phone to launch a music streaming app every time they plug their headphones in, or putting their phone down, facing the table, could turn on the “Do not disturb mode” for example.

Gmail

The emailing app also gets different new features. Among them, Smart Compose will finish the users’ sentences and email adresses. A new tool made possible by using artificial intelligence, big star of this conference.

Google Photos and Google Lens

Photo enthusiasts will too have new toys to play with. Starting next week, some users will get the new Google Lens functionality on their smartphones, a new tool also made possible thanks to AI, able to recognize objects and texts detected by the phone’s camera. Users could, for example, take a bit of text in picture (a long and fastidious Wi-Fi code), and directly copy-paste it without having to type it directly.

Once the app recognizes a text or an object, it will propose links and retailers websites on which you could find these particular products.

Google News

This is the biggest Google News update since its creation, in April 2002. New formats will soon be able, such as a recap of the five biggest news of the day, and other personalized content depending on the user’s tastes and interests.

The New Stand subscription service will let users directly pay for their favourite magazines and/or websites. These will then be put first on their Google News page.

Google Maps

Last but not least, Google also reshaped its GPS app and incorporated augmented reality in it. Maps will now use the phone camera to show where the user has to go, instead of a city plan. The augmented reality techniques will add directions directly on the screen, and even a cute virtual animal users will have to follow to find their way.

An other new feature will reference interesting places for each user, depending on its search engine data.

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