Earlier last year the current covid-19 pandemic pushed Google to cancel its annual I/O conference of 2020, now they have decided to bring it back this 2021 with lots of exclusive keynote highlight to look out for. However based on the covid-19 protocols that are still in place the tech company decided to hold the event virtually just like Apple did in its 2021 annual conference held months ago.
Like we earlier said the Google 2021 I/O Conference is holding from May 18 to May 20 on that note the audience were all tuning in from all over the world to observed the company’s annual traditional conference.
Sundar Pichai was the presenter of the event but before coming on stage air to declare the event open, there was a machine learning musical performeed by David Li and Google Arts and Culture aired as the pre-show.
Sundar Pichai declared the event with an overview of the latest additions and upgrades to google apps such as Google Maps which got new upgrades like Smart Routing as well as Eco-friendly routes to help navigating users spend less time on the road and more reduce the carbon emission from automobile.
We will be outlining some of the newest and recently added features and upgrades to look out for in the google apps as well as the intriguing announcement from the company.
New Features To Look out For On Google Apps
Google has added a new tool know as “Smart Canvas” and according to the tech company the newly included tool in the app family is to help users to collaborate better in the workspace.
The canvas can be used in cases like plotting an ad campaign or sorting out details such as project members, important information that should be noted before each virtual session including next steps and ideas for the product.
Android Devices are now more than 3 billion
There has been an immense increase in the number of users as well as android devices been used across the globe. according to Google’s VP of product management, Samer Samat, the growth has increased to 3 billion since the last censors was carried out in the 2019 I/O event with a massive difference of 500 million new devices.
According to him the suppose figure was derived from the company’s Appstore (Playstore) excluding the accounting of other devices that are android based but utilize other appstores such as Amazon Fire devices etc.
This shows that a larger number of smartphone users favours Android devices more over Apple’s iOS device.
Meanwhile at Apple’s virtual conference held earlier this year, Apple announced its number of device users has gone up to 1 billion globally.
Google Photos now has ‘Locked Folder’
Google photo also received an upgrade, In one of the company’s announcements, it has now included the option of having a secure Lock Folder within its Photos where sensitive pictures can be kept. On a bright note, this will come in handy when if when we want to share a particular photo or two with person but don’t want them to see some our personal pictures we may regard as sensitive from the gallery.
What Google Photos Secure Folder does
According to TechNext Once a picture is placed in the secure lock, it will require a password, fingerprint or other means of unlocking the phone to authenticate it before it can be accessed by anyone.
Furthermore, in view of the presentation made by Google, it gave the instance of a parent trying to hide the picture of a puppy from the child because the pet is going be presented to her as a surprise gift. However, as users of Google photos the folder lock will definitely come in handy real time.
Photos Cinematic Feature
Photos will also be getting new cinematic interface that will allow it users create animated pictures from still photos.
Google said that its camera and imaging products are getting features that will make them more inclusive of various transformation.Google
Swift And Natural Conversations With LaMDA
Sundar Pichai showed off Googles artificial intelligence tread in language understanding through an experimental new model called LaMDA. The model could carry on conversation precisely well as though it was Pluto, the dwarf planet.
The LaMDA model pretended that it was Pluto and carried on a conversation about past occurrences on the dwarf planet with Pichai.
Language understanding is critical to Google’s work because of the sheer volume of information that it collects and filters every day. If it can get AI to understand the complexities and nuances of different languages better, it can improve its core products like Search, Assistant and others tremendously.
The model is still limited in so many ways because of the early stage of the research-Sundar Pichai, adding that-
It’s amazing how sensible and interesting the conversation is. But it’s still early research, so it doesn’t get everything right.Sundar Pichai
Looks like Android 12’s mantra is Be big
Since Google first unveiled the new version of its operating system Android 12 in February, users have been eagerly anticipating the global roll out. However, the company did showcased the preview of its long awaited Android 12 beta at this year’s I/O, as covered in our earlier guide before now Google is giving more emphasis on the qualities of being bigger and more accessible.
The Icons and other design structures are really exclusive on the devices running the OS and there is more animation and playfulness to the elements than in previous released versions.
For more intro features on Android 12 and how to install the the new beta version please see our earlier published article: All We Know On Android 12: Release Date and Expected Features comes with updates to privacy and security as well. The 2021 annual event still continues till May 20 we are kin to bring you more updates kindly subscribe to get the latest new article and publications right in your inbox.
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