I/O reactions to the Google Assistant, Home, Photos and more
Brian Tong here and welcome to Googlicious for all the Google you can think of.
This week, it's all the reactions From the Google [INAUDIBLE] Let's just dive in.
And the star of the show without a doubt was the Google assistant.
Google leads the industry with their AI voice assistant and they made that gap even bigger with a demo of how they're combining their Google lens tech with the assistant to take things to the next level.
I just have to Google ones icon, point the camera and my system can instantly translate them them into English.
And now I continue the conversation.
Google Lens is a set of computer based capabilities that can do things like specifically identifying a flower.
Or if you're walking in the street, because your phone knows where you are with GPS, it can the businesses around you with information cards.
Or even take that Wi-Fi router label with His name and password and instantly connect you to the network, is your mind blown yet?
now the Google assistant gets smarter and can now work with third party applications to do things like order lunch from an app [INAUDIBLE] and respond to specific changes you want to make.
They still didn't show us the promise of how conversational It's supposed to be an [UNKNOWN] and so we'll wait for that.
But the brains of Google's assistant is ridiculous and getting a whole lot smarter as we speak.
And if you want to try it out on your iPhone, because I heard a lot of people have this thing called an iPhone, Google released the Google Assistant for iOS, and you can get it today.
Now, it's not the full assistant because it's not directly connected to the iOS ecosystem, but you'll see how much better it is.
All right, the Assistant is the heart of the Google Home and now received some new improvements like hands free calling to use it as a speaker phone like the Echo does.
It also added the ad supported Spotify, if you aren't a subscriber.
And you can use the Home as a bluetooth speaker if wanna send audio from another device to it.
But the Google Assistant gets bumped up Another level, if you're watching content with a connected Chromecast.
It now sends visual responses to your TV when you ask for help from Google Home.
So it could be your calendar, the weather, or YouTube videos to pick from.
And all this will be personalized, depending on who uses it, because it can support and distinguish between six Different users.
No-one has anything remotely close to this right now, and Google has showed that they are the smartest company in tech when it comes to artificial intelligence for the consumer.
All right a new standalone VR headset from Google was also announced, kinda in concept.
Google's standalone VR headset has no cables No phone, no PC, everything is inside the headset.
And it uses inside-out positional tracking to detect where you are in the world without the need for any external camera setup in the room.
Now, Google has built a prototype reference model with Qualcomm's help And in the coming months, Lenovo and ACC Vive will release commercial versions of the VR Headset with no names, still yet to be announced.
[SOUND] So now that was some of the big news that were also no official name given to Android O, which will officially roll out this summer with picture and picture, instead of badges they like to call this things notification dot.
And better battery management, but the biggest cheers from the entire Keynote came from the announcement that they added Kotlin as the new official programming language for Android.
That's why the developers' girl friends were like.
I don't know why they were getting **** with the features.
One of the themes of Android O was to provide fluid experiences.
And they made sure it's gonna be called Android Office like O O. All right the gooves can really do anything they want.
But if you can tell They didn't have any big announcements to make beyond the assistant and the home, they brough YouTube stage for the first time that tells about 360 video on your TV from the YouTube app, something normally reserved for a blog post and they didn't show us anything striking that made me say, I got to do this like I love 360 video but on a TV screen, objects that are small because of the 360 perspective become even smaller.
So I wasn't feeling that Now, Google Photos also get some time to shine at Google I/O but it's never a good thing when they spend way more time on photos than they did individually for the assistant [UNKNOWN].
It gets suggested sharing based on who's on the photos, share libraries which lets people select see photos taken in real time.
But let's hope its image recognition is really good and leaves out all the [BLEEP] And a cool idea that will save you a whole bunch of time With Google's Photo Books, see, you just select a whole bunch of photos, even multiple shots, it doesn't matter.
Then Google takes the best ones, edits them, and orders them, and voila, you have a photo book.
Now, it kind of sounds nice at first, but to me, This is for the lazy people or people who are too busy to even care to put in some time to make a photo book with this thing called Love, like L-O-V-E, love.
But if it lands you the person of your dreams for 999 maybe it's worth it for you, and I know a lot of you just Noded your heads.
All right, that's gonna do it for this week, you can email me at Googlicious@cnet.com or Tweet me @briantong, tell us what you thought about a Google IO and we'll put some of your thoughts in next week's show.
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