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Google I/O 2021 Event: What Did Google Announce
Google I/O is a yearly developer conference where the company unveils new hardware, software, and improvements to its current applications and services.
The event is taking place this year from Tuesday, May 18, until Friday, May 21. The presentation by Sundar Pichai and other Google officials, which took place at 10:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, was the primary event.
Like it does every year, Google live broadcasted its keynote and will continue to do so for the remainder of the events. Because the show is entirely virtual, every single event will be live-streamed for free. This is in contrast to prior years when elements of the exhibition were exclusively available to paying spectators.
Google I/O 2021 Announcements
Before we get into what Google announced at I/O 2021, it's important to remember that I/O is largely aimed at developers. Although there will be many consumer-oriented events, particularly the opening keynote, the bulk of the smaller events will be quite technical. As a result, unless you are a developer, most of the events will be meaningless to you.
Google I/O usually offers some interesting activities for the general public. So far, here's what unfolded:
Here it is, right off the start, the most anticipated news - the complete reveal of Android 12. We now have a much clearer understanding of Android's future holds, particularly with the new 'Material You' design language. It has a lot more color and customization possibilities, and it can even change your phone’s color theme to match your wallpaper.
We've previously seen a couple of developer previews of Android 12, but as of Google I/O 2021, the first public beta is now available. The difference between a developer preview and a beta is that the latter may be securely installed on personal devices by the general public (for the most part). There will undoubtedly be problems, but there will be much fewer than on a development preview.
The public Android 12 beta also signifies the most widespread adoption to date. While most Android previews are only accessible for Pixel smartphones, the first Android 12 beta is now accessible for smartphones from 12 other manufacturers. That implies there's a strong possibility you'll be able to test it out for yourself.
Over the last year, we've all gotten plenty of experience working remotely, and now Google has chosen to give us another assist. The new Smart Canvas platform allows users to operate more freely across multiple Google products such as Docs and Sheets. If necessary, you may record a Google Meets call directly in your team Doc and continue working.
While all of this sounds fantastic, particularly if you have a presentation coming up, Google is not yet making Smart Canvas broadly accessible. Integrations are expected to come this autumn, but no one knows how soon.
Merging of WearOS and Tizen
We can safely say that the Google I/O keynote is the presentation Wear OS fans have been waiting for. Google's Wear OS and Samsung's Tizen platforms are uniting to produce "Wear," a super platform. It should result in significant increases in battery life, smoother app start-ups, and up to 30% quicker app load times.
Samsung (and other OEMs) will keep releasing their wearables, but Tizen-only devices are no longer available. Other upgrades, such as a different version of Google Maps, offline Spotify downloads, and some of Fitbit's greatest features, are also expected to join the party.
Updated Google Camera Software
Google's sophisticated camera software is well-known and well-loved, and now it's getting even better. To begin with, developers are attempting to improve the accuracy of their cameras for people of color. Cameras have had a history of losing deeper skin tones in gloomy locations because of their auto white balance functions. The purpose of these enhancements is to make the camera experience more accessible for everyone.
Google's selfie algorithm is also getting a boost owing to improved mapping for curly and wavy hair types. Instead of a hazy boundary around their hair, consumers should be able to see more precise results.
For additional security, users may save important photographs in a fingerprint or password-protected folder. Google will soon provide the ability to delete whole periods or specific people from your camera memory.
As if those fantastic accessibility features weren't enough, Google is also working on a means to create animations from still photographs. The upgrade is dubbed "cinematic moments" and is designed for settings when you shoot a series of shots in the hopes of capturing the perfect snap. On iOS and Android, Google can now turn the complete series of stills into a short animation.
We've all experienced how difficult it has been to be separated from loved ones during the last year. Google's new Starline video conferencing tool goes a step further by building a 3D representation of your family member as you chat with them. It won't replace a genuine face-to-face interaction, but it will go a long way toward bridging the gap.
The Starline system is now rather extensive. It resembles a picture booth in which you must sit while conversing with friends or relatives. It's also only accessible at a few Google locations for now, however as the technology improves, it should become more widely accessible.
Digital Car Keys
Have you ever lost your vehicle keys? Finally, Android 12 provides a remedy. Google has revealed that some Pixel and Samsung Galaxy smartphones will function as vehicle keys thanks to NFC technology. Essentially, if your automobile is compatible, you can unlock it just as you would with a key.
The main point is to ultimately get rid of your key fob, which Apple has already begun to work towards in collaboration with BMW. We'll have to wait and watch whether other manufacturers follow BMW's lead, but we can only hope that BMW isn't alone.
Google also introduced new password management tools. The option to change all of your passwords at once, owing to a new Change Password button, is one of them. You have the option of allowing Google to generate many passwords for you, or you can always take personal control.
While it's always smart to keep track of your passwords in the first place, the new feature could just make that dictionary of passwords a bit easier to maintain.
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