Google I/O 2017: All the announcements

Pablo Tucker
May 20, 2017

Google's I/O Developer conference 2017 brought about the announcements of Google Assistant on iPhone, new Android O features and the launch of Android Go. Previously, the Developer Preview build was available for download on the 21 of March, but the state in which it was at that time was not very recommended for the public to test out. This is different to Android Pay because it's not platform-specific - you can likely use it on iOS in addition to Android - and is not tied into Android Pay, so it can be used in all countries Google operates.

Google provided a look at its latest digital offerings, with a heavy focus on its efforts to extend artificial intelligence features into more of its apps and services. Google chose to change the name, and add new functionality in the process, likely because it is more appropriate, considering what it is mainly used for - which is to locate Android devices and remotely wipe or ring them.

This includes the ability to play music through most music apps (not just Apple Music) and play movies on Chromecast.

Last week, the news about the Netflix application being hidden for rooted users when searching the Play Store made waves across the community. If you're trying to find a device from a PC web browser, you're still much better off typing "find my phone" into Google, and using the built-in interface to ping it.

Google just announced that it there are now 2 billion Android devices that are being used worldwide. While users can also initiate scans for apps, they are assured by Google that before they download an app, it has been checked and approved. The project is called Android O, and it will take form with the upcoming Android O OS from Google. Firstly, Android O is now entering its beta stage ahead of its scheduled release later this Summer. "Every minute, seven Brazilians come online for the first time". Once that's done, go down the page and find your compatible device and hit the Enroll device, followed by the Join Beta button. As for Android O, that is expected to be released around October 2017. In many respects, this is quite the change from the current interface on offer with Android TV, and one which Google notes is created to offer a "channel-based, content-first" sort of Android TV experience. During its close to two hours long keynote presentation, the company's top honchos led by CEO Sundar Pichai did not unveil a major piece of hardware, but instead shed light on the plans for its flagship products including Android, Google Assistant and Google Home.

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