Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

Google is releasing its voice-controlled assistant on a free app designed for iPhone's operating system - basically competing with Apple's assistant on her own turf.

CEO Sundar Pichai says the new Google Lens is a set of vision-based computing capabilities that can understand what you are looking at. The Google Lens isn't quite ready yet; Google says it will be rolling out in the coming months. It will first be available as part of Google's assistant and photos products.

Another infrastructure initiative is the Cloud Tensor Processing Units (TPU), optimized to boost machine learning workloads for both training and inference.

As pointed by Android Central, here's what can be expected at the I/O 2017 conference.

Google has already announced that Assistant will roll out to non-Pixel devices as well, starting with the Nexus phones.

News website Android Police earlier reported that Google's Assistant will be coming to the iPhone.

Apart from that, Google might also announce plans to integrate Assistant into GE home appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, washers and dryers. It is also expected to detail the progress it has made as far as the Google Assistant is concerned. At a glance, this seems like Google's answer to Amazon Lex. We don't know how much these will cost or how exactly they'll work, but Google announced support from Lenovo and HTC, which is pretty promising.

And, this year we are expecting Google to make some interesting announcements. Google will also let users share whole photos libraries with others. While this won't have the deep integration seen on Android, users will be able to use it to access content in YouTube and other Google apps, according to a report at Bloomberg. Take a photo or point the camera on a flower and Google will tell what flower is that. Google has put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.

One component that may be getting added to the new VR platform is Tango, Google's augmented reality platform.

Vitals is focused on keeping Android phones secure and healthy, working to maximize power and performance. The Play Console Dashboard will analyze apps for battery drain, their tendency to cause crashes, and how they affect the speed of the UI.

Android now supports new Java Language APIs and Android Runtime is faster than ever before, including improvements of up to 2x on some application benchmarks.

Most noticeably, all Android O devices that come with Google Play preinstalled will also ship with a new app called Google Play Protect. Google started testing of Instant Apps not long ago, and we're wanting to get some fresh updates about when they may be prepared for users.

  • Arturo Norris