During my routine googling last week, I stumbled upon the Google I/O 2017. I was very impressed by all the new products presented in the keynotes, most particularly the Google Lens
which lets you connect to a wifi network just by scanning your phone’s camera over the password on the router.
As usual, they announced the upcoming version of Android, Android O (It hasn’t got one of those sweet dessert names yet). Many changes were revealed, such as Android Vitals, a streamlined app to manage your battery and security among other things. Emojis will also be redesigned, finally taking away those unsightly blobs away forever.
A new light version called Android Go was also announced, bringing Android O to budget phones.
The only objection I have is that less and less Android devices are getting the new updates. The graph below shows that up until Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 100% of Android devices got the update. For the next versions, less and less devices ended up actually getting the latest updates. The latest version, Android Nougat, is only on 2% of all Android devices out there. A problem of device manufacturers only wanting the latest devices to get the latest updates?
The Google version of Siri, which has already been implemented since October in the Google Pixel, will finally be coming to iPhone, and new languages such as French and German will be soon available. The Google Assistant SDK lets any developers implement Google Assistant into their smart devices, and interesting ideas such as a smart mocktail mixer have been revealed to the public.
A Google Device like Amazon’s Echo is now available. It is a device which (As it’s name suggests) helps you around the house. For example, you can tell it to add an important meeting to your reminders, and it will remind you to leave home earlier if the traffic is heavy to get you there on time.