Google I/O 2018 was all about AI.
The biggest impact of these AI changes will reach us throgh the device we carry at all times.
This new feature will allow you to "limit battery" for infrequently used apps thereby keeping your battery levels up. Google said that 60% of small businesses don't have an automated booking system, which would be a good application for its Duplex technology to handle voice interactions with customers.
Google has a tradition of naming its Android devices after chocolates and other treats - so what will this latest iteration be named?
Google Assistant also got a voice upgrade.
The Dashboard is a new screen that shows you how often you use particular apps. At its core, this technology lets Google synthesize information and put it together in a way that helps the user make sense of what's happening, and what the impact or reaction has been. The feature is expected this summer. Gmail is getting an autocomplete feature that uses machine learning to offer suggestions for finishing half-completed sentences. "You can carbon copy that recipe example for a host of situations beyond the kitchen". Users will be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant without repeating "Hey Google" for each follow-up request. It can also convert photos to PDFs and automatically add colour to black-and-white photos or make part of a colour photo black and white. "We'll be experimenting with the right approach over the coming months".
John Legend will be one of the voices Google's Assistant can try on.
The new operating system has integrated the use of AI in most functions that otherwise seemed pretty simple.
When you install a new app on your smartphone, it asks for a number of permissions, such as an access to photos, camera, notifications, microphone, and more. When you notice you're wasting far too many hours of the day watching YouTube videos (aren't we all?), you can use the App Timer to set usage targets and remind you when it's time to get on with more important things in life. That not only eliminates blue light but also makes the phone less appealing to use. This is one reason to always stick with a Pixel phone by the way, because you know you'll always get first dibs on Android. Samsung has been developing its own similar feature called Bixby Vision.
Other changes in Android P include a new system navigation, created to take account of the increasingly tall phones that make one-hand use more hard. The new capability allows you to detect certain styles in the objects. So while the feature might not entirely solve your dead battery woes, at least it should make you run out of juice less often than you do now.
Google expects that these new features will speed up the process of setting up your Android TV by one-third of the time.