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What to expect from Google I/O 2017

Googleís annual I/O developer conference starts on Wednesday, and the 2017 edition of the show should be full of news and announcements, just like every year before now. Typically, we see lots in the way of new versions of Google apps, new software features and even major operating system updates Ė all of those are likely to be revealed during tomorrowís keynote at 10 AM PT (which weíll be live blogging), but this yearís show could also have some surprises in store in terms of hardware and powerful developer tools.
Android

The next version of Googleís mobile OS Ė Android O will likely be revealed in full detail at the event. The successor to Nougat will have some big shoes to fill, since the last revision included some significant additions like Google Assistant, but you can expect Google to pack in plenty of additions.
We already know some things about whatís coming in Android O, because thereís already a developer preview available to download and work with for dedicated tinkerers. The dev preview has tipped new features including Notifications Channels to group relevant notifications together; picture-in-picture for web and in-app video; multi-display support for individual apps; in-app navigation using hardware keyboards (like on Chromebooks); new networking features and more.
As for names, Google has made some time-ups including a mobile game and teasing exec tweets that suggest Oreo will be the moniker, similar to how it partnered with Kit-Kat for Android K. I canít think of any other ĎOí desserts of the top of my head, so it seems like a good bet.
In terms of what kind of actual software release we can expect, itís probable we still have to wait for a consumer release. Instead, expect maybe an OTA, easier-to-access version of the developer preview, with more general stability and perhaps some added features. Weíll also probably find out that Android O will be released for general consumers starting this fall.
Also Android

Google is likely to spend some time talking about other places Android is going to work beyond smartphones and tablets. That could include updates to its crossover functionality with Chromebooks, for instance, which debuted earlier this year but which critics basically universally said still needs work before itís ready for prime time.
Google itself also gave us something to look for specifically: More Android in the car. The OS is branching out from Android Auto to take over tasks related to cockpit and environment controls, and Google will have two test vehicles on site to show off what that looks like, with initial partners Audi and Volvo.

Finally, there are some hints that suggest Android Pay could roll out to a few additional markets. A website for Visa in Canada showed a mention of Android Pay, and it also showed up in a recent APK as well as on Android devices in Canada via an update, before being pulled back again.
VR

Virtual reality has been an area of ongoing evolution for Google, culminating most recently in Daydream, the built-in VR platform for Android. Daydream debuted with the Pixel last year alongside Android N, and has expanded out to a few other devices, including the Moto Z.
Android O could bring additional VR features to Daydream, and itís possible that Google will also reveal new partners for Daydream on both the hardware and software side. There could also be more around Tango, the depth sensing camera tech that has been built into a few devices but that could ultimately do a lot more specific to VR, including adding inside-out environment tracking.
Android Wear

Google already updated Android Wear to version 2.0, building in a host of new features and debuting the platform iteration with a slate of new hardware, including showcase devices from LG. It might make sense to preview additional Wear features or updates again, even tough it hasnít been that long since the 2.0 update went live.
Wearables is still a category with questionable value for both OEMs and platform operators, basically across the board. Android Wear is still among the options out there with the most potential, but itíll be very interesting to see how hard Google pushes Wear and Wear-related tech and development features at I/O. This could be a good opportunity to take the temperature of the search giant on its overall wearable ambitions.
Google Home and Assistant

Google is likely to show us a lot around Google Assistant, and weíll likely get a look at some of the first partner hardware to sport Home-like Assistant features built-in. One likely specific launch is the Nvidia Spot, an AI assistant microphone that you can plug into any outlet and use with a Shield streaming set-top box for whole home Assistant integration.
Expect Assistant to reach further and get smarter, with more built-in features, more third-party integrations, and more platforms. Google doesnít want to cede this ground to Amazon and Alexa, and itís probably going to be a central theme of the I/O keynote, especially because I/O is all about rallying developers to build experiences for Googleís priority platforms.

Lots more

This is one of the I/O events in recent memory that we know the least about, so you can expect plenty more beyond what weíve listed here (and a lot of this is also just guesswork). Weíll be there live with our keynote starting early tomorrow AM before the 10 AM PT kick-off time. Thereís also a Developer Keynote later in the day, so stick around for plenty of news from that, too.
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Here are All the New Android O Features


During the Google I/O 2017 keynote, the Android team put up our favorite image of each I/O Ė the new Android features letter. We see these each year, where Google puts all of the major new OS features into the shape of whatever the new letter is for the new version of Android. This year, itís an ďOĒ obviously.
Below, youíll see a closer shot of the list of Android O features, but weíre already picking out features like Smart Text Selection, Autofill with Google, Downloadable Fonts, Picture-in-Picture, and something that might be a game-changer, Notification Dots. But Project Treble is there as well, along with Faster Ambient Screen, and OTA scheduling.
Be sure to sign-up for the Android O beta.
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Android Now has 2 Billion Monthly Active Users


You know what’s cooler than a billion monthly active Android users? 2 billion monthly active Android users. That’s the number Google crossed, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.
During his opening at the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Pichai ran through all sorts of numbers, but this number stands out the most to us little Android bloggers. Like, 2 billion is ummm…a lot.
Do you, Android.
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Android O Beta Now Live for Pixel, Nexus Devices


For those interested in running the latest build of Android O from Google, the Android Beta Program has been fired up.
So long as you own a supported device (Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, or Pixel XL), all you need to do is enroll in the program, then you should soon receive a notification asking you to download the beta. Very simple, very straightforward.
We’ll flash it soon for ourselves and share what we find.
UPDATE: Check out the full list of Android O features.
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Google I/O keynote live updates


Weíre expecting a deluge of news and announcements from Google today, and we know it can be hard to keep up. If you canít watch the live stream or just want a digest, youíve come to the right place. Weíll update this post often with the key announcements from Google I/O 2017. Stay tuned!

  • Sundar Pichai took the stage. He opened with the announcement that Googleís products have over one billion active users. Google Photos users upload 1.2 billion photos daily. Google Maps users navigate over one billion miles per day. Android now has over two billion active devices. YouTube viewers view over one billion hours of video per day.
  • They also announced that Smart Reply is now officially rolling out to Gmail users starting today.
  • Sundar then announced Google Lens. Itís a set of vision-based computer capabilities that will show up on Google Photos and Google Assistant first. Itíll be able to recognize what things are in real time or in photos uploaded to the Photos service. It can even automatically connect to routers. You can also look at restaurants and itíll just know where you are and what you need to see.
  • Sundar briefly discussed some huge things in the medical community, including diabetes treatments, breast cancer detection, and more. There was also discussion about how neural networks are being used at Google to train other neural networks. Inception!
  • Google Assistant is currently active on over 100 million devices. It has also become more conversational, more available, and more ready to help. It has also gotten better at multiple people interacting with Assistant on the same device. Today, Google added the ability to type to your Google Assistant if you want to. This is mostly for your privacy when using Assistant in public. It will also have Google Lens integration (see our paragraph about that above)!
  • Google announced today that Google Assistant is available on iPhone! Additionally, the new Google Assistant SDK allows any manufacturer to include Assistant in virtually any smart machine. That includes drink mixers, refrigerators, washing machines, or whatever. It will also roll out in several new languages, including Brazilian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Korean, French, and more over the course of this year!
  • Starting today, Actions on Google will be supporting transactions, including payments, identity, notifications, receipts, and even account creation. It will also be on more platforms! Valerie from Google placed an entire order to Panera for delivery to Google I/O with just her voice.
  • This summer, Google Home will be launched in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan.
  • Additionally, Google Home will start having Proactive Assistance. It will let you know about random things so that you can alter your life accordingly. Google also announced hands-free calling on Google Home and itís free! Rishi from Google showed this by calling his mom at Google I/O 2017. Google Home can also recognize the voice to call the right contact. Hands-free calling will roll out to the US over the next few months. It should work with every phone number.
  • Google announced partnerships with Spotify, Deezer, and SoundCloud so that they work better with Google Home. They also announced Bluetooth support on Google Home. There are also tons of new video partners, including HBO Now, to make video streaming to your TV even easier. Google Home can also now send info to your phone for those tasks that are easier to do on a screen, like viewing directions.
  • There are currently over 50 million devices connected with Chromecast. Starting today, those devices will be updated to show Google Assistant information on the screen when you want it to. In short, visual responses are rolling out to practically any device with Chromecast, Android, or Google Assistant installed.
  • Google Photos will soon bet able to remove obstructions from photos. For instance, it can remove a fence if you want to just have the image behind the fence.
  • Starting today, Google Photos will have Suggested Sharing. It will find the best photos using machine learning. It will then suggest that you share them to relevant people. Usually people who were at the event, your other family members, and more. There will be a sharing tab to find your shares easier. Itíll send an SMS or email to people who donít Google Photos. Google Photos can then allow people to add new photos to the shared album quickly to create a more complete photo album.
  • In the coming weeks, Google Photos will roll out Shared Libraries. It allows you to create libraries with certain topics. You can share libraries with other people. For instance, you can share all the photos of the kids with your husband or wife automatically. They can then save photos they like directly to their library. People you share with can also have photos automatically added to their library if they want to. Those photos will act as though they were photos you took, even if you obtained them via a shared library.
  • Google announced the launch of Photo Books. Google Photos will select the best photos from the photos you choose and then ship you an actual, for real book of photos. It comes in hardcover and soft cover. Itíll cost between $10 and $20. Itíll be launched in the US today with rolling out expected this week. More countries are coming in the future.
  • Additionally, Google Lens will be integrated into Google Photos. Itíll be able to identify landmarks, buildings, art, events, and more. Itíll also be able to find phone numbers to businesses from photos, websites, and more. Google Lens in Google Photos is rolling out later this year.
  • YouTube watch time on TV is growing by 90% per year! Starting today, YouTube will begin to support 360-degree video (including live video) on television. Youíll be able to use your TV remote (on smart TVs) to move around and see the video. This will work on any TV connected YT app, including game consoles.
  • The number of people live streaming has grown 400% over the last year. In response, Google has announced Super Chat. Itís an improved live chat for live streamers. Youíll be able to donate money to the live streamer and also have your comment featured on the live chat so the streamer can see it more easily. A new API will also allow Super Chat users to affect things in real life. To demonstrate, they had the Slow Mo Guys do a live stream. When she donated $500, the Slow Mo Guys were pelted by 500 water balloons. It was hilarious.
  • It was announced that there were 50 million Android TV activates every month! Chromebooks now comprise about 60% of all laptops sold to K-12 programs. There were 82 billion app and game installs from Google Play since the last Google I/O. Along with the aforementioned two billion active phones, itís been a big year for Android!
  • Android O is definitely getting tons of new features and fun stuff. We discussed it quite a bit in our developer preview quick look! In addition to all that info, picture-in-picture is definitely coming to Android O. Additionally, notifications will now be usable when long touching the app icon. Smart Text Selection will allow for instant text selection for things such as addresses, business names, and phone numbers more quickly.
  • TensorFlow Lite will allow app developers to access some awesome neural networking features in Android. Additionally, Google.ai and the second generation of Cloud TPUs were announced!
  • Play Console Dashboards was announced. It allows developers to better see whatís causing crashes, bad battery, resource hogging, and more! Google Play Protect is also included in Android O. It scans devices, the Play Store, and more to find, disable, and remove malware and other bad apps.
  • Starting today, Kotlin will be an officially supported language in Android. Itís a new programming language.
  • It was announced today that there are more Android users in India than there are in the United States.
  • Today, Google announced Android Go. It optimizes the latest Android releases to run on low end phones. It then includes a scaled back version of Google Apps for less resource use. The Google Play Store will then show apps optimized for Android Go. That also includes data management right in the Quick Settings. Some apps, like the new YouTube Go, will also allow for offline sharing without using mobile data.
  • There is now a new initiative called Building for Billions. Developers can get into by making apps that are less than 10MB in size, can be used offline, and have enough battery and resource optimization. These apps will be mostly used on Android Go phones (less than 1GB of RAM). More information is coming later this year.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will include Daydream support starting this summer. Apparently, an upcoming LG flagship will include Daydream support as well!
  • Google announced that standalone VR headsets are coming. Itís a standalone device that just works. No PC, no smartphone required. Itíll be an Android powered device made specifically for a VR experience. Partners include Qualcomm, HTC, and Lenovo. Devices will come to market later this year.
  • A new AR thing called Visual Positioning Service will allow you to navigate through things like stores to find the exact products youíre looking for. As you may have guessed, this is also part of Google Lens. Many of these features will be included in a new Google Expeditions update (the app) later this year!
  • Google is apparently tackling job search. Some new features in Search will let you check out new job postings based on various categories, full or part time, job titles, and more. This new initiative is called Google for Jobs. When youíre enrolled in Google for Jobs, you can apply for jobs with one click once your information is there. Itíll roll out to the US in the coming weeks with more countries in the future.
  • Thatís it for the keynote! Stay tuned to Android Authority for even more Google I/O 2017 coverage over the coming days!
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