The Google I/O 2021 keynote was held on Tuesday. CEO Sundar Pichai and his executive team announced a series of new developments, including the release of Android 12 and the new Wear OS. In addition to two product-centric announcements, Google also announced advances in natural language understanding through a new language model called LaMDA. This year’s I/O keynote also included announcements about smart canvas experience in Google Workspace, safer routing in Google Maps, and an enhanced video conferencing plan called the “Starline Project.”
In this article, we will subdivide the main announcements made in the Google I/O 2021 keynote held in Mountain View, California, USA, and give you a brief introduction to the virtual event.
Just like the I/O keynotes in the past, one of the most anticipated announcements at this year’s I/O conference is Android 12. Google initially brought this new operating system to developers in February, and it has been released through a public beta version. Brand new interface. Google also offers new privacy controls, some of which are similar to the controls Apple provided to its iPhone users via iOS 14 last year. In addition, Android 12 contains elements based on the design language Material You, and will also be used to design Google’s wearable devices, smart displays and other hardware interfaces in the future.
New Wear operating system
After Android 12, the next major announcement announced by Google in the I/O 2021 keynote is the next update of Wear OS. The company calls it “the biggest update ever”, with a brand new consumer experience. Google has partnered with Samsung to integrate the best Wear OS and Tizen into one platform. The new Wear OS also includes support for third-party Tiles and the ability to switch between applications by double-clicking the screen. In addition, Google Maps and Google Assistant for Wear OS have been updated with new interfaces and improved features. Google’s latest wearable device operating system also includes health and fitness tracking updates from Fitbit.
Better multi-device experience
Google revealed in this year’s I/O keynote that there are more than 3 billion active Android devices worldwide. These devices are not limited to smart phones, but also include smart watches, smart TVs, and other Android-based devices. Google is now taking action to simplify communication between multiple Android devices by providing a new multi-device experience. One such increase is the wider promotion of Fast Pair to devices such as Beats headphones and BMW and Ford cars. Android phones will also get built-in remote controls for smart TVs based on Android TV and Google TV. Chromebook users will also get a control center to adjust the connected Android phones. In the next few days, features such as receiving notifications on Chromebooks and unlocking cars with Android phones will also be provided.
Smart canvas in Google Workspace
Google showed off Smart Canvas in Google Workspace to simplify team collaboration on Google Docs, Sheets and other productivity tools. When using Google Workspace for the next task, it will allow users to make video calls with colleagues. Users of Google Docs and Sheets can also use the built-in Google chat room to communicate with their team. Google also announced a number of other productivity-focused developments, including smarter meeting minutes templates and pageless documents, and Google Meet integration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Google Maps safer routes
At the 2021 I/O conference, Google announced that a safer route is available on Google Maps, which will suggest a route for you to help you avoid stepping on the brakes. It will combine artificial intelligence (AI) and navigation information to identify emergency braking events on your route. Google will also expand its detailed street maps to 50 new cities before the end of this year. Detailed street maps were introduced in August to provide detailed information about sidewalks, crosswalks and walking islands. Google Maps will also begin to highlight busy areas to help people avoid crowds.
Google Chrome browser with better password management
Google announced at the 2021 I/O conference that the Chrome browser will get an updated password manager that will allow you to change your password with one click. When the browser finds a potentially compromised password on the browser, the Google Assistant on Chrome will display a “Change Password” button. Specific website. Users only need to click the button to change their password. Google also announced that by using Chrome’s password manager, users will now be notified about creating strong passwords for certain websites and applications.
Google photo album with memories, dynamic moments, locked folders
In addition to Google Maps and Chrome, Google Photos also received some new features, which were announced in the I/O 2021 keynote. One of them is a new type of memory that will appear at the moment the user celebrates-Diwali, Lunar New Year and Hanukkah. In addition, there are some controls to rename the Trip highlight or delete it completely, or to delete a single photo from the “memory”. Google Photos will also create dynamic images in still images by filling in the blanks in almost identical photos. This is called a movie moment. The last major change that Google Photos will get is to lock the folder, which will be used as a password-protected space and require users to use a fingerprint or PIN to unlock the file every time they view some of their memories folder.
LaMDA and mom
Google announced LaMDA as its new language model for conversational applications in the I/O keynote. It claims to be able to talk to any topic and can be used as an open domain, which means it can be customized for any conversation. Google demonstrated the scope of LaMDA by showing communications about Pluto. The language model is limited to text training. However, Google also discussed the Multimodal Model (MUM), which will allow people to provide natural responses by sharing images, text, audio, and video. Both LaMDA and MUM can help Google enhance its search engine and improve Google Assistant over time.
Pichai showcased the Starline project in the 2021 I/O keynote, which is Google’s next ambitious development aimed at enhancing video conferencing capabilities. It uses high-resolution cameras and customized depth sensors to capture the user’s shape and appearance from multiple angles, and then fuses them together to create very detailed real-time 3D models. This brings about a hyper-realistic form of video conversation, which can be very useful, especially when people are currently avoiding physical meetings due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Google also launched its artificial intelligence-based dermatology tool, which is designed to directly use the smartphone’s camera to help people find answers to as many as 288 skin conditions. It will start in Europe as a pilot later this year. Similar to dermatological tools using AI technology, Google has demonstrated a deep learning system that can help detect active tuberculosis. Allegedly, it can help save up to 80% of the cost of each positive TB case detected. Google plans to cooperate with Apollo Hospital in India and the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) to put its research into practice.