Jim’s WebLetter for 5/20/17

Hi-ya Google and Android users and friends!

This weekend, Google is holding it’s yearly developers conference called Google IO. In it they are showing and helping users to learn everything that’s going on in the present and future of Google and the Android system.

I watched this year’s keynote speech on YouTube, Friday. Each presenter came out on the big outdoor stage to tell the thousands there and the millions watching worldwide of the new innovations Google has either completed or is to be completed this year. The standout features included Google Home, Android’s new “Android Go” for smaller Android devices and Augmented and Virtual Reality programs.

So let me give you a rundown of the Keynote followed by what you can be watching today online from their IO website.  Many of these new features and programs are either currently in place or are being rolled out before the end of the year.

First, everything Google is doing points to one central theme, “machine learning”. Teaching machines to do more and be more. For instance, Google Search now ranks differently using machine learning, Google Maps Street View automatically recognizes signs, and video calling uses machine learning in low-bandwidth situations, just to name three things.

Google announced a “Lens” feature for its Assistant service that will tell you information about what’s in front of your phone camera, like what type of flower you’re looking at or info about the restaurant across the street.  

And speaking of Google Assistant, just by saying “OK, Google”, you have a multitude of commands by voice including sending and receiving email through Gmail, texting, appointment setting through Calendar, alarm, timer and clock setting, notice reminders and hands-free calling. Google Assistant is now running on Android and iOS and on the Home device, which can detect up to six individual voices in the room and react to their individual needs.

Google Photos, which the company says has 500 million users, can now suggest what photos you should share, and with whom, with a feature called Suggested Share. It can also automatically share photos with an option called Shared Libraries. It will also remind you to share photos you took with those who were in the pictures. It knows them because it checks you Contacts and other pictures in Photos and tells you who they are and how to contact them. What’s more, Photos offers a paid service called Google Photobooks that pulls your best shots and, when you agree, sends them in to have a photo book made from them that is sent to you when completed.

Other show highlights included Google for Jobs which offers listings in its main search engine. If you search for “retail jobs,” for example, Google will know where you’re searching from and show jobs in your area.

And, Indoor Mapping, called the visual positioning service, or VPS, will allow you to map indoor locations using its Tango AR platform. An example of what VPS can do is tell a user the exact location of a product in a store (that’s a time-saver)!

If you want to see what’s going on live through today, visit https://events.google.com/io/schedule/?section=may-17

To watch the keynote address on YouTube, visit https://youtu.be/Y2VF8tmLFHw


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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter

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