Get ready for many new changes in most of your Google experiences.
On Tuesday, Google hosted the I / O Developers Conference as its annual keynote speaker. The tech giant uses Keynote to highlight new features launching on Google services, including photos, maps, shopping, and more.
“The past year has put a lot in perspective,” Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. “At Google, our mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful has been given a renewed purpose.”
While the keynote speaker soon made available glimpses and far-reaching technologies, we also saw features that could have a more immediate impact on the daily lives of Google users. Here’s a breakdown:
Get a better view of busy places
Want to travel somewhere, but not sure if the place you’re going to be crowded (something likely to happen when we leave from post isolation like a cicada)? Google Maps will soon show you areas that appear busier than usual, represented by dotted lines moving around an area. Ideal if you want to avoid the crowds.
Google AI as Dermatologist
If you have ever encountered a strange rash, or a new mole appears on your body, you may soon get help from Google on diagnosis. The company is working on an AI-powered dermatology tool, which they hope to launch this year as a pilot capable of identifying nail, skin and hair issues.
To use the tool, you take a picture of the problem in question, then answer questions about your skin type, how long you have the problem and add related symptoms. Google’s AI model will then provide a list of possible matching conditions, about which you can do further research, or consult a doctor.
“To ensure that we are building for everyone, our model accounts for factors such as age, gender, race, and skin type — from pale skin to brown skin that rarely Never Burns, ”reads a post co-authored by Peggy Bui, MD, a product manager for Google Health, and Yuan Liu, Ph.D., technical lead on the project.
Shopping with screenshot
Suppose you see a good product online and you take a screenshot of it. Google Photos will allow users to search for that screenshot with a lens and purchase any related item. During the tool’s demo, an image of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was shown, with options to find a pair of shoes worn for the purpose of shopping.
Don’t care about your tv remote
If you own any of the more than 80 million Android TV OS devices, including Google TV, your Android phone will soon be able to function as a TV remote. “If your house is like mine, your remote is missing 50% of the time,” said Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Android and Google Play. “To keep Movie Night on track, we are creating a TV remote feature directly in your phone.
When the feature starts later this year, you’ll be able to do voice search or type with the phone keyboard, which will make it easier to enter a password.
Look for better smartwatch features
Choosing your next Android smartwatch can be easy, as Google and Samsung plan to combine their Wear OS and Tizen operating system into one integrated platform, the companies announced. They say that collaboration should provide better performance and longer battery life.
“We’re bringing the best of these Galaxy Watch capabilities with Google to a platform integrating the ecosystem for customers and developers,” said Patrick Chomet, head of Samsung Mobile’s Office of Customer Experience.
He added that the next Samsung Galaxy Watch will include the ability to use the Play Store, Google Maps and other apps.
Sameer said that Google-Samsung collaboration brings other benefits. “We can do things like continuously operate the heart rate sensor, allowing you to better track your activity during the day and your sleep at night, while providing you with enough batteries for the next day.