Five Announcements From The Google I/O Conference That Blew Our Minds
This conference gave us some mind-blowing highlights and set the stage for a future that might be totally unrecognizable. We take you through 5 of the most insane announcements from the presentation.
Google’s annual developer’s conference kick started at 10:30 PM IST. The company gave us a sneak peek into exactly what they’re working on for the coming year. Here are the 5 most awesome announcements that really hit us nerds, right in the feels.
1. AR (Augmented Reality) capabilities in the search box: Google announced an AR option for eligible products in the search box. If you are looking for a pair of shoes online, it will provide you with an option to check the product out in AR and bring it to life (well, a digital life, but life, nonetheless) through your camera. You can match the color with your clothes; check the overall shape of the shoes and much more. This will help users make more precise choices while shopping.
2. Updated Google Lens: Google Lens can do some really interesting work for you. Talking about an example provided during the conference, if you are in a restaurant, you can scan the menu and Google Lens will highlight the most popular dishes ordered at the restaurant. Later, when you pay the bill, it can scan it and help spilt the money with your friends, if you're going Dutch!
Google is also collaborating with magazines. For example, this new feature on Google Lens will allow users to scan a recipe on a magazine and a video related to that particular recipe will start playing.
3. Duplex on the web: At Google I/O last year, Google demonstrated Google Duplex that allowed users to book restaurants tables through the Google Assistant. This time, the company has released a similar feature that allows users to fill forms with the help of the virtual assistant. It will fill all the necessary details on the website and submit it after taking permission from the user.
4. Updated Google Assistant: The assistant has been updated and is much faster than the previous version. It can multitask at a faster speed that helps users in accomplishing many tasks without even touching the smartphone. Basically, prepare to hand your life over to Google.
5. Google Maps in Incognito mode: There were complaints about Google tracking the location of users, causing all kinds of privacy concerns .Trying to solve the problem, Google has announced Incognito mode in Google Maps. This means if you don’t want to share your location while you are travelling, you can use Incognito mode. It works pretty much like Google Chrome’s Incognito mode by encrypting your data, end to end.
So, what can we take away from this year’s conference? Well, all this cool tech seems really awesome on paper, right? Just remember, with great power, comes great responsibility (you can thank Spiderman for this line). So, will Google go the way of those evil corporation in movies and turn into this juggernaut that controls every part of our lives? We can’t really say, but can only hope that Google really knows what it’s doing.