The much-awaited event of the year is now live – Google IO 2019.
There has been a lot that has been speculated and expected from the biggest developer conference: New Devices, Android Q, News on Google Stadia, More innovation in Google Lens, and Bigger Google Photo Improvements, etc.
Let us see where the actual announcements stand compared to the expectations that the world carries from the event. Let us see the round-up of all everything that has happened in the event.
Beta 3 of Android Q has been launched in the IO 2019 event with a whole new set of features for tablet and phone users.
There are multiple things that Android Q is expected to carry –
A. Seamless UI tweaking on foldable devices
B. Native 5G integration
C. Live Caption to turn audio in text, which would work offline too
D. Smart Reply across all the messaging platforms
E. Dark Theme will now be made live
F. Focus Mode will switch off all the unnecessary applications.
G. 53 new non-binary designs for emojis which Unicode define as being “genderless.”
Better Google Search
While Google continues to be the leader in the Search market, there are a number of new additions coming in its way to make it all the more efficient.
With AR camera now getting linked with Google Search, the functionality is set to become all the more efficient. With the new feature, you will be able to place a 3D model off of Google Search in your space.
Other than this, Google will now introduce the ‘Full Coverage’ section of Google News in Search as well for organizing all the news related topic in one place. Users will now also get access to Podcasts on the search result itself.
Google Lens Will Now be even more Multi-Purpose
While there are already a number of things you can do with Google Lens, the functionality list is already going to see a wide addition.
The event showcased a demo where a mix of image recognition and mapping data let the Lens make recommendations of the most popular dish, just with the camera pointing at the menu. It even provided bill splitting help, without the user having to open the calculator.
Google is also planning to partner with the recipe providers, which would enable Lens to show video tutorials when the phone is looking at the written recipe.
In addition to all of this, now when you point your camera at any text, Lens will read it aloud for you. You will also be able to select a word to look for its definition – a feature that will get launched on Google Go, the search app for first-time phone users.
Duplex on the Web
The already fairly smart assistant service is set to be a little smarter with the Duplex on the Web feature. Using the feature, Google Assistant will able to fill in your data on the website, when you invoke an action upon it.
Next Gen. Assistant
To be launched in the late summer is the ‘Picks for You’ section of Google Assistant. Using the features, you will be able to –
- Instantly operate your phone through voice
- Multi-task across applications
- Complete the Calendar
- Use Assistant offline
You will get to enjoy the different stringed pulse of the Driving Mode that Assistant comes with. Lastly, you will be able to do it all, without Saying Hey Google!
Google Assistant, which is now on over one billion devices, and is present in more than 30 languages in more than 80 countries will now come with a Call Screen feature wherein you will get respite from robocalls, for the calls that come your way will be screened even before you answer them.
There are three new devices that Google has revealed in the IO 2019 event – the two smartphones are announced to be launched in the stores soon and then there’s Nest Hub Max.
The smartphones will be focused on an efficient battery, new colors, better low-light photography, Active Edge feature to invoke Google Assistant, etc.
The Nest Hub Max would be new in the list of Google Home devices focused more on the security part of the house but won’t be restricted to it. The device would also carry a smart voice and face match feature, which would show an individual’s information as they stand in front of it or cross it.
New Google Play Features
To make the presence felt even stronger in the emerging markets, Google has announced ‘Pending Transactions’ feature in the Play Store which will start rolling out very soon in Indonesia and Japan.
The feature will now enable users to pay for apps and content in cash instead of online payments. Along with this, they have given several reasons to the developers to rejoice too – App Bundles to lower the size of the application, revamped Google Play ratings, and newer APIs, etc.
Plenty of New Things for the Developers
Apart from new SDKs and update in ARCore, Android Studio 3.5 Beta will now be launched with changes in three primal areas – feature polish, bugs, and system health.
In addition to this, Google IO 2019 also saw the introduction of Flutter on Web and a major strung along Flutter announcement – Flutter 1.5 – it would include updates for the new App Store iOS SDK requirements, changes of Material and iOS widgets iOS, engine support to all the new device categories, and a Dart 2.3 which would feature a new UI-as-code language.
So, here were all the announcements that have been made in the Google IO 2019 event. Be hooked to the section to be updated with everything new that happens in the developers’ conference.
A technocrat and an entrepreneur who is the Co-Founder and Chief Delivery Head at Appventurez. Skilled in object-oriented programming (OOP), iOS Development, Design Principles, Data Structures, and Swift, he has served different organizations as Tech Lead.
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