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Google I/O: The 5 most important takeawaysGoogle threw a lot of information at us during its keynote Wednesday morning. Here are the things you need to know.
These are the Top 5 Most Important Things that came out of Google I/O 2017. Google showed off so much stuff, let's get to it. At number 5 is more virtual reality. Google announced that Daydream, its VR platform, is getting a few big partners. LG's next flagship phone will support Daydream. Samsung will add Daydream support to the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus in the summer. Google also announced standalone VR headsets. That means no PC, no phone, and no wires. The company will be working with HTC and Lenovo on those headsets, which will come out later in 2017. Number 4 is the next version of Android. Google happily announced that Android is now on 2 billion active devices. The company also showed of its next version of Android, Android O. A Feature found on lots of Samsung phones Picture and picture is coming to Android. Apps will get notification dots that kind of look like iOS badges, but without a number. Notifications can be viewed by pressing the icon. Android O is also supposed to speed up boot times. The Pixel will boot up in 13 seconds Instead of 35. There's nothing earth shattering, but together, these features bring a further refinement of Android. At number three is Google Assistant changes. The addition of Google Lens to Assistant is a really big deal and we'll get to that in a bit. However, Google Assistant will be able to continue conversations based on what it's seeing. Assistant is also gaining the ability to handle third party apps so you can do things like order food right through the assistant. So those of you who wanted to type to assistant, that's coming too. And Google is bringing Assistant to iOS. It's a big deal. At number two is Google Home getting fired up. Google Home has been lagging behind Amazon's smart speaker at I/O. Google announced a whole set of new features. First step, free calling to any phone in the US and Canada Canada from Google Home. Home is also getting more proactive, so it will flash it's lights if it needs to tell you that there's a traffic problem or something. On the entertainment side Google Home will be able to access Spotify's three tier, the biggest addition to Google Home. Might be its new Chromecast feature. Asking Google Home certain questions like asking about your calendar, can have Google Home send that info to your television. And the #1 most important thing out of IO is Google Lens. This feature is actually going to be built into Google Assistant And Google Photos. Think of it as a souped up version of Google Goggles. If you point the camera at an object, Lens will give you information about that object within Assistant. So in a way, it's bringing augmented reality to Assistant. In Google Photos, activating Lens will give you more information about what's In that picture, like identifying a building or a painting. Making a camera smarter is massive. There's even more to know about I/O. For more details, check out CNET.com. I'm Iyaz Akhtar and I'll see you online.