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Google I/O 2016

I/O 2016, Google's annual developer conference, starts with a bang on Wednesday, May 18. Android N and virtual reality are expected to be two of the big highlights, with plenty more on deck.

  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:07:55 PM
    "We're pushing ourselves very hard so Google stays a step ahead of its users."
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:08:08 PM
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:08:09 PM
    (Like most big tech company keynotes, this one's starting with a celebration of how much progress the company has made.)
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:08:34 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:08:37 PM
    He's explaining how search on Google's homepage has evolved. Not just 10 blue links anymore.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:09:01 PM
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:09:12 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:09:20 PM
    Now he's talking about AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), a super-fast way to loading pages for web articles on phones.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:09:32 PM
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:09:43 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:09:59 PM
    Google understands the relationship between 1 billion things in its "Knowledge Graph."
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:10:12 PM
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:10:49 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:11:07 PM
    He's running through a bullet point list of all Google can do: photos, translation.
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:11:12 PM
    "Today, all you have to do is hold up your phone, and we translate it into English for
    you."
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:11:26 PM
    Sundar on AI: "We are in a seminal moment."
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:11:34 PM
    "Today, we are announcing the Google assistant." Hmm, what's that?
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:27:49 PM
    Google Home has the typical friendly, female, slightly robotic voice you'd expect. Like Cortana from Halo or Siri, but very upbeat.
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:28:27 PM
    "Can you show me what it looks like on the TV?" Apparently that question, after asking Google for search information, will display it on the nearest screen? Pretty cool.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:28:34 PM
    Appropriately, the background song for this video is "Home" Phillip Phillips.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:28:56 PM
    Crowd likes it. They are cheering loudly.
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:28:56 PM
    More info at google.com/home!
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:29:15 PM
    "Google Home will be available later this year," says Mario. But no price mentioned.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:29:30 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:29:35 PM
    Sundar is back on stage now.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:29:56 PM
    He's pitching developers on building experiences for Home.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:30:23 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:30:40 PM
    Now Sundar is talking about photos.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:31:00 PM
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:31:15 PM
    Uber, Pandora, OpenTable, Spotify, Tunein Radio, WhatsApp, Ticketmaster, NPR: some of the third-party partners that Google is pulling into the Assistant platform.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:31:20 PM
    He says Google Photos has over 200 million monthly active users.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:31:35 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:31:54 PM
    The AI in the product has 2 trillion labels.
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:32:25 PM
    Apparently, selfies taken with a Pomeranian dog are among the photos that Google Photos has learned to correctly identify. Excellent.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:32:27 PM
    Now on stage is Erik Kay, a Google engineer.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:32:45 PM
    He's going to talk about a communications product.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:33:18 PM
    "When you combine the power of mobile with the power of machine learning" is what excites him
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:33:29 PM
    Two apps: the first one is Allo.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:33:40 PM
    "It's a smart messaging app. It learns over time."
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:33:46 PM
    Allo brings Google right into your chats, says Kay.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:34:19 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:34:29 PM
    Demoing the app with Kay is Amit Fulay, the product manager.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:34:53 PM
    For the app, you get stickers from artists around the world.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:34:57 PM
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:35:04 PM
    Stickers! A revolutionary messaging feature. (Just kidding.)
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:35:12 PM
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:35:52 PM
    He's explaining "whisper and shout," which lets you text small and large text bubbles so you can get your point across. Just drag up or down on the send arrow when you're sending them out.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:35:56 PM
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:35:57 PM
    Okay, that's a little more interesting. Have messaging apps done that before? "No more yelling in all caps to get your point across."
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:36:22 PM
    so you DONT HAVE TO DO THIS
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:36:23 PM
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:36:51 PM
    Okay, this is super interesting and weird: Smart Reply, a feature that automatically suggests answers FOR YOU when you get a message.
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:37:12 PM
    It "anticipates what you want to say next" using machine learning.
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:37:16 PM
    "The more you use Allo, the better the suggestions will become."
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:37:38 PM
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:37:47 PM
    It can even customize them depending on the photos you receive: Get sent a picture of a smart baby, "So cute!" might be one of the autogenerated replies. Just tap on it to send.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:38:03 PM
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:38:19 PM
    "In this case, Allo understood that this was a picture of a dog. Even a cute dog. Even the breed of the dog."
  • Richard Nieva 5/18/2016 5:38:47 PM
    Kay just made a joke about cute dogs. Crowd loves it. Cute dog jokes always kill.
  • James Martin 5/18/2016 5:38:55 PM
  • Sean Hollister 5/18/2016 5:39:04 PM
    "We don't just identify what's in the image, Smart Reply actually creates a conversational response, like "Yummy." The kind of thing you'd actually say in response to a photo of food."
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