Google imagines an app-less future with Android Instant Apps

Isaac Cain
May 19, 2017

Always working in the background, it scans applications for viruses and will be automatically installed on all Android phones that have Google Play on board. Executives are also laying out how the company is expanding the reach and capabilities of the Google Assistant, which is now available on some smartphones and an internet-connected speaker called Home. Since yesterday was the Keynote speech and most of the bigger announcements happened on the first day, today has seen less announcements in general and ones that weren't as monumental for the world of Google and Android. If the phone is in your hand, chances are you want it to respond. But as the company is bringing voice input to potentially dozens of devices around your home and beyond, it also faces some interesting challenges unique to this new interaction model.

Google already uses the sensors of your phone for that very goal, said Hafsteinsson. According to Mr Hafsteinsson, the Assistant has so far only been released for devices using English (US) and are in the US.

When people talk to each other in a group setting, they don't address each other by name all the time. They will only show on Google Home as a white notification light you can tap if you see it - but if you don't Google is looking at getting that notification to another device in case you missed it. For example, if you point the camera to a particular dish on a menu, then Google Assistant will come back with the picture of the dish from the internet.

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Google Photos is adding a new tool that will prompt you to share photos you take of people you know.

So to sum up, Android O is going to be a lot faster when compared with Nougat. That said there was still plenty of exciting things to see. In the USA you'll pay $129 + sales tax (about $140USD) to get yourself a Google Home, so you're going to be looking at around $190 + a little more once warranty and such are factored into the price.

To give you a better perspective of the major highlight of Google I/O 2017, we have compiled the top 5 features that Google will soon launch for its users.

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