There were a lot of announcements at the Google I/O Conference today. Almost too many to put in just one post. But I will highlight some of the more interesting ones to start. Or at least more interesting in my opinion. First of all, it is estimated that there are 2 billion android devices being used world wide. Two billion! That is almost 1/3 of the world’s population. Which is insane. It is almost 3 times that of the number of iPhone users, which is only at 700 million. That in itself is incredible. Which means there is a huge market to be tapped. So bring it on Google.
Let’s start with Google Home. So far, it’s just been able to give you answers to questions that you ask. I’m not trying to downplay this at all. That in itself is incredible. Not just from the perspective of Google Home, but in general. What’s really interesting about the next version is that the device is going to be more proactive. Meaning, if there is a traffic jam on your regularly route to work, it will let you know. Presumably, this would work for public transit delays and maybe some weather related events. All and all, this is pretty amazing. I wonder what else it could do? Maybe predict my mood swings? Just kidding. I am interested to see what kinds of things this ends up being able to predict.
And now onto Google Assistant. It was announced that this is going to be available for the iPhone. Yes, that’s right. If you’re not a fan of Siri, you can now use Google Assistant on your iPhone. The only drawback to this is that you’re not able to make it the default over Siri. Meaning, you can still use it, but you’re still playing on Siri’s turf. Another really cool announcement though. Especially if you’ve gotten away from using Siri. I never found it to be all that useful, so maybe I will try Google Assistant instead.
Lastly, the big thing I want to mention is Google Lens. Which is absolutely incredible. Why? Because you can take a picture of something, and find out what it is. It uses AI to determine what you are taking a picture of. For example, if you take a picture of a flower and you don’t know what it is, Google Lens will give you the information. This is also really appealing to me because Google is, after all, a search engine. But we’ve been limited with how we can search for things. I have to type in a phrase or a word in order to determine what I’m looking for. Sometimes I don’t know what it is, and it takes a long time to figure out just the search parameters.
Google Lens will take care of that frustration for me. And that is one less frustration in my life, so this makes me happy. I was a bit apprehensive about what Google would announce during the I/O conference based on the speculation, but I’m actually impressed. Yes, there are many things they announced during the keynote speech, which are not mentioned here, but these are the three things that caught my eye. Stay tuned for more Google I/O throughout the week.