The annual developer conference of Google’s I/O 2021 was kicked off on Tuesday in Mountain View, California, with a product keynote. The tech giant revealed updates to Maps and Workspace. The company also announced new versions of its Android and WearOS platforms. Here’s a recap of every major announcement and development that Google announced in its I/O developer conference 2021.
Android 12 Beta 1
Google has announced a new version of Android software. The version, Android 12 entails personalizable color palettes, updated notifications, and faster, battery-saving performance. Every feature from the lock screen to the home screen and system contexts has been revamped. The latest interface is more whimsical and vibrant, inducing a much-needed revamp to the mobile operating system. Android 12 will arrive later this year, but the first public beta is already available.
WearOS merges with Tizen
Next, Google announced a new version of WearOS. Moreover, Google and Samsung are joining WearOS and Tizen. The alliance of two operating systems will result in more lasting battery life with always-on heart rate tracking, 30 percent more active loading rates for apps, and more constant animations.
Google Maps adds ‘safe routing’ feature
Furthermore, Google Maps is attaining a new eco-friendly layout feature that will present you with the most fuel-effective routes. Another feature adding to Google Maps is Safer Routing that will employ machine learning to fuel-efficient paths and more secured routing based on the road, climate, and traffic conditions to avoid unfortunate accidents.
Google Workspaces gets Smart canvas
The latest update of Google Workspaces incorporates “Smart Canvas”. It presents a sort of mashup of Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides. Google Meet is also profoundly integrated, and in the coming months, a companion mode will be added. It will employ AI for lighting, composing and converging, and interpretations.
LaMDA AI platform
In the said conference, Google also announced LaMDA, a natural language platform that is presently in the R&D phase within the firm. The concept is to have more natural dialogues. To exhibit LaMDA’s abilities, Google showed videos of two brief discussions with the model, comprising a talk with LaMDA performing as the planet Pluto.