So the event has gone with a lot of information about Google’s big plan for 2019. Here in this blog, we have included all the highlights of this year’s Google I/O 2019 event. After reading this blog, you will be able to recall all the things whenever you get the time to watch the full Google I/O 2019 videos on YouTube or any other video source.
To make it easier for you to understand what is related to which category, we have described every single point within a category such as Google’s New Hardware Products, Google Assistant, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, Google News and search, Augmented Reality and Google Lens, Google’s New Privacy, Android Q, Google Chrome, Google Ads, Accessibility, and more developer announcement. Starting from the very first: -
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1) Google’s New Hardware Products
1.A) Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL – new members in the Pixel family.
Google has introduced their new smartphone - Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, bringing the best of Google experience at a lower price of $399. These smartphones will feature a 5.6-inch AMOLED display for 3a variant and $479 for a 6-inch Pixel 3a XL variant. They are available in three colors - Purple-ish, Clearly White and Just Black. For a Google Smartphone at this lower price, Google didn’t compromise with the camera and the software for the camera. It has the same capabilities as the Pixel 3 XL. It can shoot great magical photos even in low-light.
One of the best things about Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL is that they can work for 7 hours with just a 15 minutes charging and a full-day battery for 30 minutes charging. Oh yes, the Pixel 3a has the time-lapse mode as well and HDR+ capabilities in the camera, so don’t think that Google missed some features in their Pixel 3a smartphone.
Talk to Google Assistant by squeezing the 3a and get your job done efficiently. It has now become smarter. We will discuss Google Assistance’s smartness later in the blog. Google Pixel 3a also has a Titan M chip to help protect your most sensitive data.
Google Pixel 3a will receive security updates and OS updates for 3 years. All Pixel phones will have AR in Google Maps.
1.B) Google Nest
Google has now planned to bring Google’s Home products and NEST brand together for better and helpful home experience. Google NEST Hub Max is the newest member in Google’s NEST family. It features a 10-inch screen, premium-quality stereo sound, a camera with built-in Nest Cam features powered by Google Assistant. Its Live Album feature allows you to select pictures of family and friends from your Google Photos for showing them on the main home screen.
You can also use the built-in Nest Cam to look at the things you don’t want to lose. The video will be displayed right on your smartphone’s screen which will help you keep an eye on things at home. You can do this by turning on the camera of this device when you’re away from home and check whether everything is ok or not using the Nest app on your phone. The Hub’s camera is not only used for looking at things on your home, you can also use it to make video calls or personalized messages with Google’s Duo app.
It now supports gestures that increase the interactivity level of this device with the user. For instance, if you are listening to music and you got a call on your phone, you can simply wave your hand in front of the NEST Hub and it will automatically lower down the voice. And if you want to pause the media, you can simply raise your hand and it will stop automatically. Google’s NEST Hub dashboard now allows you to control all your connected devices easily. Google Assistant now supports more than 30,000 smart devices from 3,500 brands. You had earlier experienced voice match which was an incredible feature in Google Home Products. Similar to this, Google NEST Hub now has a face-match feature to know which user is exactly using the device and personalized the content accordingly. Face-match and camera features are fully customizable and can be disabled if the user wants.
Don’t worry about the security or privacy as in accordance with Google’s new privacy commitment, we have saved it at its best on Google NEST products. These products are available currently in U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, and Sweden and will be available in other countries very soon.
Unlike many other available Smart Home products, these are comparatively lower in prices. Google Nest Hub available in the U.S. for $129, Google Home is available at $99 and Google Home Max is available at $299.
2) Google Assistant
Google’s Assistant is now available in more than 1 billion devices in more than 30 languages across 80 countries. According to Google, it will now run with on-device configuration and will answer queries up to times faster and that too with zero latency. Pixel devices will receive the updates for this next generation Google Assistant later this year.
With new and advanced Continued Conversation, you are no more required to say “Hey Google” each time to get the response from Google Assistant. Google is now extending Duplex to the web so that you can complete your task faster. For instance, just ask the Assistant, “Book a car with for my next trip,” and it will figure out the rest.
You can stop the ringing alarm by just saying “stop” on Google Home Speakers. Google Assistant will be able to give more personalized information and answers to your queries by looking at the past searches and other contextual cues. Soon the Google Assistant will be able to provide personalized experience in the Waze.
Get the best of Google Assistant Driving Mode which now starts dashboard automatically to display the most important activities like navigation, messaging, calling and media. You can also control your car remotely such as checking the fuel, modifying the car’s temperature or making sure all doors are closed properly.
Google Assistant is now even better in “How-to” queries as it will be able to show the user a step-by-step procedure based on trusted sources like DIY Networks.
You can control the privacy by hitting the “you” tab in your assistant’s settings.
3) Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Google unveiled 20 top Google AI Impact Challenge grantees according to their latest blog who were using AI to address societal challenges. They also told us that they had made progress on flood forecasting in India and their AI is capable of predicting flood timing, location, and severity across 90% of India and will share the alert through Google Public Alerts.
Google also introduced us with their new PAIR guidebook which is actually an external toolkit that will help ML practitioners make better user-focused decisions when working with AI. They also introduced a new term called Federated Learning that doesn’t collect raw data from the device to provide personalized experience using AI.
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4) Google News and Google Search
Google Search will now be able to use Google News to provide more relevant information on news related searches to give you a better understanding of the story. It will even show you the information about the people involved in the search-related topic as well as all the associated tweets and even podcasts to give you more organized information about your search. It will help us in Search Engine Optimization Services.
Podcasts search will be able later this year according to Google in their Google Search where you can directly listen to that podcast or save it for later listening purpose.
5) Augmented Reality and Google Lens
According to the latest Google I/O reports, soon you will be able to drag Augmented Reality Objects to your own space for a better experience.
Google Lens will now be able to provide more functionality by recognizing more things than ever. For instance, if you point the camera on a dish then it will be able to show you how exactly you can make it. It can even suggest what to order when you point your camera to the menu by highlighting the best and most reviewed dish of that restaurant or food place.
Google Lens now supports more than 100 languages translation of the text you capture using the camera or even pointing your camera on the text. It can even read the text loud, search for a definition of a particular word.
According to the latest Google I/O, you will now be able to see an icon appearing more prominently across all Google products for faster access to the privacy and security settings. Soon Google will be giving you an option to delete your location activity on Google Maps, the Assistant and YouTube. An auto-delete option will also be there to automatically delete all your location history and Web & App Activity.
Incognito mode will be included in more Google products such as YouTube and Maps. Gboard will be using federated learning to predict text and emoji better across millions of devices.
Security keys will be embedded into the Android devices running Android 7.0 or more to protect against phishing attacks.
7) New in Android - Android Q
Android Q is built of innovation, security, privacy enhancements, and improved digital well-being. Android Q will support foldable designs in a far better way than ever. Google introduced Live Caption which will automatically caption any media playing such as videos, podcasts, audio messages, even the audios and videos recorded by you.
Smart reply is smarter than ever. Smart reply will now be able to suggest user what actions can be taken such as opening a location directly on Google maps.
The most awaited feature of Android was Dark mode and in Android Q, it supports dark mode too. Android Q will also prompt on which apps are using locations and you can also customize the use of your location used by these apps. Privacy settings are now available right on top of the setting screen.
With the new and advanced focus mode, you can ignore safely all the notifications that distract you from doing those things that require your constant attention. This will also help you to take care of your children by limiting the use of certain apps by imposing time restrictions. Google is now planning to include Family Link as a part of every device that has Digital Wellbeing, starting with Android Q.
Google also said, “With Project Mainline, we can update core OS components without a full OS update”.
It is now required to encrypt user data that has Android Q installed. As per the latest news on Google I/O 2019, Android Auto’s new design will come out this summer that will help you roads much better than before and will even simplify your common tasks while driving.
Android Wear OS will now has more tiles to access like your goals, next event, weather forecast, heart rate, and timer.
For Android TV platform, it has more than 140 pay-TV partners, 6 of the 10 top smart TV OEMs using the Android TV platform; and more than 5,000 apps and games in its ecosystem.
8) Google Chrome
According to Google, it is now easier to share files between Linux, Android, and Chrome OS using file manager. Android Studio on Chrome OS will help developers optimize their apps for Chrome OS directly on their Google Chromebook.
We also heard that all the 2019 chrome books are Linux-ready and they will have more user transparency and controls, like improved cookie controls and more restrictions for fingerprinting across the web.
For heavy images websites, Google introduced a new code that will allow images to load only when the user wants them to load.
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9) Google Ads
With the introduction to on Target ROAS, advertisers will be able to use Google Ads for converting more leads. Google has now planned to team up with 8 agencies — Vidmob, Consumer Acquisition, Bamboo, Apptamin, Webpals, Creadits, Kaizen Ad and Kuaizi—to provide advertisers an end-to-end creative development and consultation services.
According to Google I/O 2019, they will be expanding a new monetization program which will be known as Open Bidding so that all publishers can maximize the value of every impression automatically. New transparency tools across browsers will give people greater visibility into the data that Google uses to personalize ads. They have also launched new AdMob tools for developers that help give more control over ad content, easily access metrics and quickly identify and remove bad ads. (Source: Google I/O Event Page)
10) Google Accessibility
According to the latest reports published on Google I/O 2019, their project Euphonia is using AI to improve the computer's abilities to understand and transcribe a diverse set of speech patterns, including impaired speech which is awesome.
They call it Live Relay that allows disabled people to interact with other people as it uses on-device speech recognition and text-to-speech conversion to allow the phone to listen and speak on people’s behalf while they type. Also, project Diva is a research effort that makes Google Assistant more accessible to people with disabilities. Please visit Google I/O page for more information on this.
11) More Developer Announcements
For developers, Google is launching a preview for Local Home SDK that lets smart home developers bring a new level of speed and reliability to smart home devices. Google’s next version of Maps Android SDK is now available for public beta testers which is built on a common platform with the Google Maps mobile app for better performance and feature support.
This new version of Google Maps Platform has an integration with deck.gl which will make high-quality data visualizations at scale possible. Google is trying to support as many third-party home appliances as possible under a single platform for developers. They have planned that they will be delivering a single consumer and developer experience through the Works with Google Assistant program.
Google has introduced updates in ARCore to Augmented Images and Light Estimation that allows you to build more interactive and realistic experiences. With the help of Scene Viewer, one can view 3D objects in AR right from the website.
Google has also planned to make Kotlin as their primary language for Android development. More on the development side, Google has released 11 new Jetpack libraries and open-sourced an early preview of Jetpack Compose which is basically a new unbundled toolkit designed to simplify UI development.
Google has made their Android Studio 3.5 Beta available for download that includes improvements in three core areas: system health, feature polish, and bugs.
According to their reports, Flutter 1.5 includes hundreds of changes in response to developer feedback, including updates for new App Store iOS SDK requirements, updates to the iOS and Material widgets, engine support for new device types, and Dart 2.3 featuring new UI-as-code language features.
Google has said that people would be able to update their apps without leaving them closed and for that their in-app updates API is out of beta. Google’s new metrics and insights in the Google Play Console will help developers get a better measurement of their app’s health and analyze performance. Chrome Canary will now be able to load image-heavy websites quickly.
That’s it for Google I/O 2019. We can’t wait to see these changes and new things on all our Google products.