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What can you expect from Google I/O 2018?

What to expect from Google I/O 2018?

What to expect from Google I/O 2018?


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Today, on May 8th, 2018, is the first day of Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O. The conference will be held in Mountain View, California, and it will start at 10 am PDT. What can you expect from the conference?

An “AI-first company”


In the words of CEO Sundar Pichai, Google has branded themselves as an “AI-first company“. Artificial intelligence is expected to be one of the main focuses of the conference. AI could be the answer to Google’s efforts in the hardware product category. Soon enough they could be venturing into creating a gadget category of their own. That is one aspect in which they are behind their competitors, like Apple and Amazon.


Google has dedicated numerous sessions to AI and machine learning. For example one particularly interesting session goes by the name “Introducing AIY: Do-it-yourself Artificial Intelligence“. Therefore we can expect a lot of information on how developers can harness the power of AI.

The three other A’s: Android, AR, Assistant


Another important topic is of course Android. Spectators could expect to see the newest version of Android, called Android P, revealed at the event. And while there has been speculation about the merging of Android and Chrome OS, that is probably something we will not be seeing at the conference – not this year anyway. The company is also moving towards design language unification with Material Design 2.


Several sessions will focus on the subjects of augmented and virtual reality. With ARCore and the launch of Lenovo Mirage Solo, a Daydream VR headset, new information around AR and VR products in general can be expected, with AR getting more attention.


With the success of Google Home products, Google has put a lot of effort into further developing Assistant. It’s now compatible with more products and services than ever. Google announced a new development in its partnership with Volvo – now their future cars will have built-in Google Assistant, Play Store and Maps. The conference will also introduce brand new Android Auto features.

Addressing the needs of both developers and consumers


Google will be putting more focus on Maps and location services in the future. One of the sessions will tell the developers “How to get one-meter location-accuracy from Android devices”, which will surely interest the developers. To assure the consumers their data is protected, Google announced a new security product, which “restricts outside access to personal accounts“.


With the recent worry about data privacy and Google’s need to still give developers something new and exciting, Google introduced Federated Learning. With the help of IoT, Federated Learning uses decentralized learning.  The goal is to make the devices smarter without giving all that information to a third party. The idea behind this is that the devices share information with each other to enhance learning, but only a fraction of it, a summary, is saved to the cloud with no information enabling identification.

You can see the schedule and follow the livestream among other things on the Google’s I/O website. If you want to learn about how artificial intelligence could enhance your business specifically, you can read more here!

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