Everything new coming to Android O

Lynne Hanson
May 18, 2017

If you're not familiar with it, the OS is a lightweight version of Android that maintains support for popular Android developer tools and APIs, like Android Studio and Google Play Services. Three new features are being added to the app to make it easier to send and receive moments in your life.

Google says that Android Go will basically be a lightweight version of the upcoming Android O, but created to run on smartphones that have 1 GB, or even 512 MB, of RAM. Additionally, this release adds support for more devices, as well as a way to help developers build production-ready devices.

Google is another big rival for Shutterfly, which offers a digital photo storage service, photo books and calendars. It eventually made its way to the Google Home speaker, and to more Android Nougat based smartphones.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Google Lens, a set of vision-based computing capabilities that can understand what you are looking at.

The Assistant debuted past year on Google's own hardware, and the company has gradually extended the tool to devices from other manufacturers running on its Android operating system.

Google also announced a number of new languages that the assistant supports, as well as the Google Assistant SDK for third party developers. There's also expanded Bluetooth support to transform Google Home into a more useful speaker, and much more. Previously the Siri competitor was only available through its Allo messaging app and for Android and Google Home devices. Developers will be able to see how many users are affected and will be provided with some potential fixes to make the app run better on Android devices.

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Move over, Siri. Google Assistant is coming to the iPhone.

What's more, Google Photos now has over 500 million monthly users uploading 1.2 billion images daily.

Google is releasing its voice-controlled assistant on a free app designed for iPhone's operating system on Wednesday.

Most noticeably, all Android O devices that come with Google Play preinstalled will also ship with a new app called Google Play Protect. Executives are also likely to detail plans for expanding the reach and capabilities of a voice-controlled digital assistant now available on some smartphones and an internet-connected speaker called Home. While Oreo itself is a trademark, there may be room for this to happen as Android K saw Google partner with KitKat.

AI is driving all of the major players in tech, including Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook but Google's knowledge graph has so much data to work with. As Variety notes, Google could either provide a limited preview for the headset or choose to keep its unveiling under wraps for a future event.

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