Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Google I/O 2017: 'Android O' beta version released

Google I/O 2017: 'Android O' beta version released

Google has showcased a number of major changes coming to Android at its I/O event yesterday, like Google Play Protect. The company recently released the second Android O developer preview during announced-worldsense-stand-alone-vr-headset/">Google I/O. "We've been using voice as an input across many of our products". An early-September release is also possible. The feature is already available. Long press on the app will pop out the notification window for that particular app. You'll soon be able to leverage Google's image recognition and machine learning in a single place - inside Assistant - rather than having the feature spread out across disparate platforms like Google Now on Tap and Google Goggles. This change only applies to underlined toggles. Users will merely need to scroll up to see what they've been asking before. Potential downloaders can view and try the apps first so they can have a quick preview. The Autofill API was also a great addition to the software. Google just presented Fluid Experiences and Picture-in-Picture.

The development is an extension of a partnership announced between the two tech firms last month which enables consumers in the U.S. to use PayPal as a payment method in the Android Pay wallet in apps and in stores. The feature appears to a rebranding of Verify Apps but now more prominently placed in the Google Play app. Smart Text Selection is also a new feature that will prove to be useful to many people. Initially, there will be a default Google number but users will be able to try their own mobile phone numbers as well.

Google will include security tools, OS optimizations, and tools for developers under the Vitals banner. However, for now, the feature would be limited to only the users of Canada and United States. The company is also introducing an Android Assistant App Directory so you can easily find apps compatible with the Google Assistant. Google chose to change the name, and add new functionality in the process, likely because it is more appropriate, considering what it is mainly used for - which is to locate Android devices and remotely wipe or ring them. With everything announced at this year's Google I/O conference, Google Assistant is a common backend of knowledge and capabilities that can be accessed through multiple interfaces on multiple devices with limitless third-party extensibility options.

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