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Google I / O 2017: Android O, neural networks much more

Google I / O 2017: Android O, neural networks much more
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Christian Boas

At the developer conference Google I / O 2017, the search engine giant has focused mainly on software. In particular, the official integration of “Kotlin” as a programming language in Android caused a great deal of enthusiasm here. A major focus of this year’s developer conference is the subject of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Android O
Google says that now two billion Android devices are running around, this includes smartphones and tablets as well as smart clocks and other devices. The new, next “Android O” also has a new service called “Vitals”, which monitors performance and improves performance (even on weaker devices).

Play Store
Another new feature is the App Store Play, which will have a kind of antivirus called “Google Play Protect” in the future. The company wants to help protect devices against viruses and malware. In addition, PlayProtect will help find lost smartphone again, similar to the Apple function “Find my iPhone”.

Google Lens
Towards the end of 2009 Google presented with “Goggles” an application, the recordings of the smartphone camera in nearly real-time linked with Google’s search results. Who, for example, photographed the Brandenburg Gate, in the ideal case with good Internet connection all the information about the German warning sign of the capital. The new service “Google Lens” could be called Google’s successor because the service was not updated for a long time. Google Lens uses neural networks to detect objects captured by the smartphone camera. For example, the new app will tell you what flowers are shown in the photo.

Google Assistant
The Google Assistant was the dominant theme of Google I / O in 2016. This year, the Google Assistant focuses on voice control. Recently, the wizard was able to improve the speech recognition so far that he can differentiate the different voices so that the system can differentiate the respective users. If the Group wants the Google Assistant to support us at any time in our daily lives.

In addition, the Google Assistant should be available to as many users as possible so that the underlying AI can receive as much as possible data for analysis. As a result, Google has announced the wizard also for Apple’s iOS. In addition to the language input, the Google Assistant should also support text input. Alternatively, you can then, for example, use the camera to print a poster of a concert of his favorite band, and the assistant will then offer you an entry in the calendar or purchase concert tickets, for example, as an event.

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