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Google I/O 2017 Roundup

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Google I/O is a three day developer festival held held each year in San Francisco, California. Here's a quick roundup of this year's major announcements.

It wasn't a huge year for hardware for the search engine juggernaut but there were plenty of exciting announcements and updates nonetheless for developers everywhere. If you get the chance, take a look at the entire keynote. To save you some time, here's a short little roundup of this year's event.

Kotlin Support

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Google's Android Team announced the news that the platform is now adding support for the language Kotlin. The language makes development faster and more enjoyable. One of the main benefits? It's fully compatible with Java. This will make it easy for developers to add Kotlin to their existing codebase.

We recommend checking it out. To try Kotlin, follow these steps:

Google Lens

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Google Lens is a vision-based AI tool that will be embedded into Google Assistant and Google Photos. Point your device's camera at anything and Google Lens' AI system will be able to identify it. Magic.

Google's earlier attempt at a similar product back in 2009, Google Goggles, struggled to identify more complex objects and compositions. But with the computing power now available through machine learning, the limits of Google's new product offerings will be incredibly exciting to watch over the coming years.

As cool as it seems, Google Lens won't be released until later this year.

Android O

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The "O"? Our bet's on Oreo.

The latest update to the Android OS has now entered Beta Program. There's nothing that's going to change the world of mobile technology in Android O but there's some much appreciated new features. Here's a few of the juicy bits:

  • Faster boot times
  • Picture-in-picture support
  • New press-to-hold options
  • Boosted audio performance
  • Increased security

Want to check out the developer preview? Head over here.

Android Go

Finally, the news that there are now over 2 billion Android-enabled devices worldwide was met with the official launch of Android Go, an initiative to bring Android to cheaper, less powerful mobile devices.

The scheme will allow mobile devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM to use Google's software. By ensuring more of the market has access to the Android ecosystem, Google hopes to expand their OS dominance globally.

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