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Google I/O developers conference – announcements day 1

Google’s I/O conference is about everything Android and its announcements, while aimed at developers, portends the future directions of Android.

For the interested, you can go to the I/O website and read in-depth and watch eight #io17 channels – here is an overview of the day’s announcements.

  • Android to support Kotlin programming language
  • Updates to Firebase
  • Keynote live stream (warning it is 2.5 hours- embedded below) and how Android is moving to an Ai-first world
  • Google standalone VR headset (iTWire article here)
  • Android reaches 2 billion monthly active devices and how Google intends to conquer watches, cars, TVs, IoT, Chromebooks, and apps
  • Android O (8) announcements and Android Go – a version for devices with less than 1GB RAM
  • Google Play [Store] Protect multiple layers of security baked in
  • Android and PayPal
  • Updates to Google Photos for sharing, new photo libraries, and photo books
  • Google Assistant on iPhone (Blog here)
  • New second generation of cloud TPUs (Tensor Processing Units)—are optimized for both inference AND training, and will help power the AI era. (Bloomberg article here)
  • Updates to Gmail for Android and iOS
  • Google Home personal assistant coming to Australia (Australian article here)
  • Google to partner with Samsung and LG to support DayDream on S8/+ and G6


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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!


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