Get ready for a faster, stronger, and better Google in 2019. The Google I/O developer conference just concluded on Tuesday and the search engine giant revealed dozens of upgrades in every corner of Google services starting from search and going to Google Assistant, next generation of Android, two new smartphones, and what not. In the words of the company’s CEO Sundar Pinchai, Google wants to shift from a company that “helps you find answers” to one that “helps you get things done.” Whether it’s hiring an Uber or translating foreign languages in a video in real-time.
The event was based on the idea of “how to get Google at performing more tasks than before”. And well, they might have pulled off a perfect execution of this idea.
This year Google I/O was based strictly on software. However, Google also unveiled a couple of smartphones and some smart home gadgets. The rumors are finally coming to an end since Google has unveiled the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones. The company also centralized on Nest Hub Max which is Google’s latest entry in the smart home displays. The search engine monster also revealed breakthroughs in AI, AR, and speech recognition in its products.
There is also an update in the security features to give users more control over their privacy. The company also have some updates in the Accessibility department to give more power to the deaf or hard of hearing people.
- Google finally introducing AR and computer vision to Search.
- 3D images will be included in Search results, that means you can buy your new sneakers after viewing them from multiple angles or after trying them with your clothes virtually to see if they match.
- The smarter Google Lens will now translate foreign languages, read aloud stuff, or help you calculate on the go.
- More context to news results in Google to show how a story develops.
- Podcasts will be indexed in the Google search results too.
- Next generation of a faster and more intuitive Google Assistant coming.
- The reservation feature for restaurants Duplex in Google Assistant will now handle everything from buying movie tickets to renting a car. Duplex will also be available on the internet later this year for US and UK users via Chrome.
- Google will soon start working with third-party apps to allow you to track your food or count your steps for the day.
- Deep-learning will do ground-breaking changes to the next-gen Google Assistant as it will now only use half a gigabyte in your phone.
- Android device users will also get an Assistant-powered Driving Mode by this summer.
- Mornings will be less annoying as you will not say “Hey Google” anymore to shut the alarm.
- Google Assistant will know more about your personal life from now on. It will help the Assistant to suggest your personalized results from recipes to podcasts to events.
- Allowing more transparency in privacy and security, users will have more control over the type of data Google stores.
- An Incognito mode in Maps and Search will make sure the results remain untraceable in your Google account.
- Auto-delete filters for web activity and app data will be online starting from today. Location auto-deletion will be available in the upcoming weeks.
- Google will also let you block the cross-site tracking. The feature will be available in the developer versions of Chrome that will come later in 2019 to test the websites.
- The new Project Mainline will be responsible to deliver security updates to the Android Q in a more timely manner.
- New accessibility features are meant for disabled people. Live Caption on Android Q will be transcribing media like podcasts, YouTube videos, and phone calls for deaf people.
- People with difficulty to speak properly will have the Live Relay tool to help them respond to calls with typing messages on their keyboard or simply through Smart Reply messages.
- Using speech recognition to its fullest, the new Project Euphonia will help users with speech impediments or ALS.
- The next version of the most used mobile operating system will include AI-powered smart reply for any messaging apps and dark mode.
- Real-time transcription of any video you watch through the Live Caption feature.
- Google will introduce security updates directly to the Play Store. You will not need to reboot your phone anymore.
- The newest entries to the Pixel universe, the 3a, and 3a XL were revealed at I/O event. We will soon be loading full review of the two devices.
- Known for its camera, the new Pixel devices will also come with Night Sight and a time-lapse feature. While Pixel 3a is a modest version of the Pixel 3, the 3a XL will be offering services of Pixel 3XL on lighter grounds. Pixel 3a is priced at $399 and the Pixel 3a XL will be starting at $479.
Google Nest Hub
- The 10-inch HD screen and 6.5MP camera-device are ready to make your surveillance system more strong. The new Nest Hub Max will start selling this summer at $229. Last year’s Hub will now be sold at $99 with a rename Home Hub. The Home Hub will now also be available in India, Canada, France, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Singapore, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, and Norway.