On May 17, fans tuned in to watch the keynote address at Google I/O, the company's annual developer's conference. To read about all of today's Google announcements, check out CNET's coverage of Google I/O 2017.
The Google Home now will have "proactive assistance," otherwise known as push notifications, hands-free free calling (outgoing only, to start), Spotify integration (as well as SoundCloud and Deezer) and Bluetooth support. It can launch HBO Now as well.
Combining use of GPS and the intelligent learning of Google Lens enables you to get quick information like restaurant reviews just by pointing your phone's camera at the options you see nearby on the street.
Google Photos got some major attention too. With machine learning and facial recognition working to classify all the photos you take, they aim to increase the likelihood of sharing the photos you take with those who might be in them.
You can even share a photo feed with your spouse or family, synchronizing all, some, or just new photos taken on your phone with certain people in them. This streamlines sharing, but could be irritating if you don't particularly want to see every food or cat photo your spouse takes.
Google is launching a photo book service, too. Tell Google what you want the subject of your book to be. In this case, the presenter used a Mother's Day book of photos of his wife and children as an example.
Google Lens is a new recognition engine that enables intelligent mixed reality -- performing text and object recognition and feeding it into other apps to act upon, such as using the camera to view your router serial numbers and automatically provide related links.