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Google I/O 2018: Android P Rolls Out, Assistant Gets Smarter

Live updates from Google I/O 2018 keynote hosted by CEO Sundar Pichai. 

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Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google. 
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Google I/O 2018 Keynote Highlights

  • Android P beta rolls out to 11 phones (but we still don’t know what P is)
  • Google Assistant gets continued conversation feature
  • Google smart displays coming in July to compete with Amazon’s Echo Show
  • Google Duplex allows assistant to make calls to a real person, like a real person
  • Google Maps can send ETAs to friends, integrates street view with directions
  • Android Dashboard helps relieve phone addiction
  • Google Lens integrated with camera app, can read and save real-life text

Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O 2018 is taking place in the United States on May 8 & 9, 2018. Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google kickstarted the proceedings with his keynote speech, revealing everything the technology giant has been working on since last year.

You can watch the live stream in the link below:

At the event Google revealed its new Android flavour - Android P, although it still didn’t tell us what P stands for. It also revealed a host of other features that will make its way to Android users later this year.

12:23 AM , 09 May

Keynote comes to End

And we’ve come to the end of the Google I/O 2018 keynote. Strangely Pichai didn’t do the honours of closing the session. But that’s it from us with this live blog. Stay tuned for a detailed analysis and stories of what Google had to reveal on Tuesday.

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12:09 AM , 09 May
KEY EVENT

Google's Self-Driving Car Project - Waymo

Probably for the first time, we’re seeing a segment on self-driving cars at the Google I/O keynote.

Self-driving cars are coming, and we can’t stop them, literally! 
Self-driving cars are coming, and we can’t stop them, literally! 
(Photo: YouTube screen grab)

Google believes it has found the right formula to let cars drive without any human intervention. Well, Google, that might work in countries like the United States, but definitely not in India.

Waymo cabs are coming soon. 
Waymo cabs are coming soon. 
(Photo: YouTube screen grab)

Google is so confident with its self-driving cars, that it is going to offer cab services with Waymo cabs, which can be booked via the Waymo app. The Black Mirror episode is finally reaching its real conclusion.

12:07 AM , 09 May
KEY EVENT

Google Lens Spreads Its Wings

All these brands can make the best of Google Lens for its camera. 
All these brands can make the best of Google Lens for its camera. 
(Photo: YouTube screen grab)

As expected, a host of brands are now partnering with Google to expand the reach of Google Lens.

New features coming to Google Lens for cameras. 
New features coming to Google Lens for cameras. 
(Photo: The Quint)

This means all the camera features that were only available to Pixel phone users till now, will come to OnePlus, Motorola, Sony and Nokia among others in the coming few weeks.

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12:07 AM , 09 May
KEY EVENT

Navigation With Street View comes to Maps

Street view for navigation. 
Street view for navigation. 
(Photo: YouTube screen grab)

If you’re wandering around on the street, Google Maps will soon let you identify your destination with a 360-degree view of your directions. Maps will also be visually able to recognise popular spots around you and guide you towards them.


Published: 08 May 2018, 8:42 PM IST
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