On Tuesday Google concluded its annual Google I/O developer conference. Every year, the company organises the event to advertise new products and services. This year, the launch saw many improvements to the services already available such as Google Maps, Google Photos and others, a new app for the camera, WearOS enhanced Project Starline, new artificial intelligence, new security and privacy features, etc.
Google has announced plenty of features and upgrades that will be released later this year, yet it did not mention future Pixel devices. The search giant however announced upgrades to Pixel phone apps and improvements.
Here are the 9 Main Announcements made by Google during the annual conference of developers:
1. Android 12
Google revealed a sneak peek at the new Android 12 design, dubbed “Material You.” The firm launched Android 12’s first beta to allow users to check out certain features.
The Android 12 has many amendments and an option to personalise. Users can fully personalise their phones on Pixel devices by means of a customised colour palette and redesigned widgets. The interface for smooth interaction was also simplified by Google.
2. Lamda AI language
At the conference, a new LaMDA conversation technology powered by artificial intelligence was also unveiled. The new technology is dubbed “breakthrough conversation technology” by Google.
3. Google’s improved camera to capture skin tones correctly
Google announced camera app updates, stating that it is working on a feature that will make the camera more inclusive of darker skin tones.
4. Improved Google Photos app
Google Photos is receiving much-needed updates. During the conference, it was announced that the photo app will get the ability to create animated photos from still images. Aside from that, Google Photos will be password protected. This means that some of your private photos can be password-protected and will not appear when you scroll through the app.
5. Google and Samsung join hands for WearOS
Google announced that it will combine the best of WearOS and Samsung’s Tizen into a single platform called “Wear.” This would improve the functionality of smartwatches. According to the company, the watches will now have a longer battery life and faster performance.
6. More AI-driven Google Maps
Google Maps will now save users from difficult situations by providing information about routes that reduce the user’s chances of encountering a difficult situation.
“We’ll automatically recommend that route if the ETA is the same or the difference is minimal. We believe that these changes have the potential to eliminate 100 million hard-braking events in routes driven with Google Maps each year,” the company wrote on a blog post. The Live View tool will also display more data than ever before.
7. Google Smart Canvas
Google unveiled Smart Canvas, a collaborative tool that integrates various Google products. Google Docs will be getting new smart chips, according to the search giant.
“To insert smart chips in your work, simply type “@” to see a list of recommended people, files and meetings. From web or mobile, your collaborators can then quickly skim associated meetings and people or preview linked documents, all without changing tabs or contexts,” Google wrote in a blog post.
8. Google will use AI to detect skin conditions
Google’s new AI-powered dermatology assistant tool uses a phone’s camera to identify anyone’s skin conditions. According to Google, the new technology improves the screening process for breast cancer and aids in the detection of tuberculosis.
9. Android support for Digital Car Keys
With the release of Android 12, select Pixel users and Samsung Galaxy Phones can be used as digital car keys. So far, BMW is the only car manufacturer that supports Google’s car key.