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The Highlights at Google I/O 2016

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Google I/O, Alphabet’s annual developer conference for 2016 has just concluded. We bring you the highlights of  features - Android N, Google Daydream, Android Wear 2.0, Google Home and Allo and Duo, the stars of the keynote session.  

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Google Assistant - Revamped version of Google Now that can work within other apps, building a Personal Google for each user.
  • Personal AI for users - Contextual suggestions and recommendations based on user behaviour.
  • Conversation with full understanding of context - trying to make the interaction familiar and casual to users

Check out the video demo below :

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Google Home - A central hub for connecting Google Assistant with connected home, smart devices and more. You can ask Google Home anything you want to know, a one pot recipe, book tickets to Jungle Book or even ask for sports scores, a la Google search. This is expected to hit the markets later this fall.

Allo - smart text-messaging and Duo - video
Google Allo is a new phone-number based messaging app. Google Duo is a companion video chat app that allows you to see the person calling you .
  • Smart suggestions for replies using google assistant, similar to inbox app
  • Same encryption as whatsapp, incognito chats, private notifications and expiring chats  
  • Can recognize content of shared photos using the google photos recognition algorithm

Project Ara modular phones
  • Developer edition expected to be released later this year
  • The frame contains the CPU, GPU, antennas, sensors, battery and display.
  • Modules can be swapped out on the fly
  • You can eg have two cameras to shoot photos in 3d. Or instead you can plug in three speakers for greater sound

Android wear 2.0
  • Wearable can directly connect to internet and make calls without phone
  • Handwriting recognition, soft keyboard, dark background for OLED watch displays and a new, redefined circular user interface.
  • watch faces can show data from any app now

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Android N - Google is still trying to figure out what they are naming this sweet treat!  

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  • Multi window mode - Split screen between two apps
  • Drag and drop e.g. images or text from one app to another
  • Direct reply from notifications
  • Better Doze mode - saves more battery
  • Data saver mode APIs
  • Finer grained access to folders on storage
  • If you have a name to suggest, you can head here to put in your suggestion!

Here is a TL;DR version of the highlights

We are excited to explore what these updates hold for Field Service Management in general  and mEdge in particular. Watch this space for more on that, meanwhile do let us know what you think of Google I/O 2016 in comments below.


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