Google I/O 2017: 5 Important Things We Learned

Google brings Smart Replies to Gmail on iOS and Android

Making Google Assistant available on iPhone means Google is pretty confident even Apple acolytes will convert from Siri to Assistant if they are given a taste of what Google has to offer.

The event will likely see Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressing audience with a the keynote speech, along with a developer keynote later on, which should give an insight into what Google is planning for the coming year. Apart from the details on Google's VR platform, which is getting updates over the Daydream VR platform announced a year ago, also expect information on Android O. This will be the next version of Android and it is likely to be called Android Oreo. Many of Google's products are also vying against similar offerings from other tech conglomerates like Amazon and Microsoft.

While the company has been focusing a lot on developing and using powerful machine learning algorithms, it is quite clear that we will be hearing a lot about Google Assistant this year.

Google Assistant is rolling out in French, German, Brazilian, Portuguese and more languages. It features streamlined versions of Android and Google's core apps, along with a self-contained version of the Play Store, and enables Google's Data Saver feature by default.

Google Photos will be able to suggest which photos to share and whom to share them with.

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Android - The next version of the software for mobile devices is called Android O. In March, the company unveiled a beta version of the product, which is the successor to Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Google just announced at its I/O developer conference that its personal assistant is coming to iOS. Once Chromecasts have been updated with this new feature and you have a Google Home, you'll be able to ask Home to show you the weather, bring up calendar info, or just do general Google searches.

Google is unveiling the new feature at a conference in California on Wednesday.

Google I/O 2017 starts on May 17 at 10AM PT/ 10:30PM IST at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, a short walk away from the company's global headquarters.

The move extends the potential reach of Google's assistant, which debuted last fall on the company's Pixel phone and an internet-connected speaker called Home. Before today, Google Assistant was a largely personal experience that lived without your phone (with the exception of some Home-related functions like multiplayer voice-based games and music).

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