May 7, 2019

Google I/O 2019: Google Assiant Now 10x Faster, Android Q To Come W/ Dark Mode, And More

Google held its I/O Developers Conference today at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, which we saw the company announced new features to Google Assistant, Duplex, augmented reality, Google Lens, Android Q, as well as the latest hardware like Nest Hub Max and Pixel 3a/3a XL.



Firstly, Google showed off Google Lens, which has been further integrated into the camera with AR. Now Google Lens available on Google search and can directly display search results through AR. For example, searching for "anatomy" will show search results by means of AR and 3D. Not only for search, but the updated version of Google Lens can also be used with Google Assistant and Google Photos. In addition, Google Go, a Google app specifically developed for entry-level Android devices, will soon receive an AR translation feature.

After Google launched Duplex, a realistic humanized artificial intelligence that helped users book restaurants and make haircut appointments a year later, the Mountain View-based company expanded the Duplex service to web-based chats such as renting cars and booking movie tickets. For instance, when you need help to book a rental car, it will start using the data it has to automatically fill out the form, such as the user's name, address, and return time.

As for Google Assistant, CEO Sundar Pichai said that they have compressed the speech recognition program from the previous 100GB to only 0.5GB. This means that speech recognition is lighting fast, up to 10 times faster than the previous one, and can be implemented on any Android phone or tablet, and we don't have to say "OK Google" to activate voice commands every time.

When it comes to Android, Google claims that there are currently more than 2.5 billion devices running Android on the world. As the 10th generation Android system, Android Q delivers a bunch of new features that are worth looking forward to.

The first major improvement of Android Q is the special optimization and support for Foldable devices. Android Q takes advantage of the folding screen, allowing multiple apps to run simultaneously on the display, further enhancing the multitasking capabilities of the device. In addition, Google has added a new feature called Screen Continuity that seamlessly transitions apps that run on small screens to large screens.

Furthermore, Google said that in 2019, a number of carriers have launched a test for 5G networks, and smartphone manufacturers have launched more than ten 5G smartphones - Android Q will also support 5G. Google’s machine learning algorithm can now add real-time subtitles for any audio that's playing.

The dark mode is undoubtedly the most noteworthy feature of Android Q, and it's finally launched for users. Google will also provide APIs for third-party developers to ensure dark mode can be enabled on third-party apps in addition to Android Q and Google apps.

Lastly, Google Announced new hardware: Pixel 3A and 3A XL: come with a headphone jack, superior camera features like Night Sight, will be offered in three colors — black, white, and purple, and starts at $399. Google also announced that the Google Home line will now be rebranded under the Google Nest umbrella, and introduced the $229 Nest Hub Max, a smart speaker with a display and a security camera.

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