With Google I/O 2018 for 8 days, what should we expect as Internet users living in mainland China in the face of Google's annual developer conference?
This is the third year in which Google has adjusted its strategy from "Mobile First" to "AI First." Actually, as early as last year, Google basically completed the overall transition to AI, so there must be more AI technology. Google's hardware and software products will play a role, and these products will also change the way people live in the future, and even affect the world's technology and the Internet.
The more mature AI technology, Google can bring us many surprises this year. The following content may be spoiled. Please look down nervously.
Google Assistant, will you speak Chinese?
Google Assistant (Google Assistant) has been an increasingly important role in I/O for the past two years. When AI became Google’s core goal, Google Assistant became the key to connecting all Google’s AI services.
Google Assistant was accompanied by Google Home, a smart speaker, on Google I/O in 2016. After its birth, Google Assistant quickly "invaded" more Google-based products, including 7 billion over 7 billion super products such as Youtube, Google Maps, and Gmail.
In these unused products, you will always see Google Assistant more or less. Smart photo assistants like Google Photos, smart route habits planning for Google Maps, smart recommendations for YouTube, smart autoresponders for Gmail, Google Lens… … that combine computer vision search, and more, especially by embedding Google Assistant in Android. In systems and search, and in applications like Allo, Google Assistant can participate more comprehensively and deeply in each user’s daily life, even in daily two-way conversations, to help users solve problems and achieve true intelligence. Assistant experience.
Google Assistant is so easy to use, Google is also sparing no effort to popularize it to more users around the world, so we see Google is constantly expanding the language of support, Google Assistant currently supports 8 languages, including English, French German, Spanish, Japanese, and even Italian, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese are all already in it.
As the most used Chinese, there is no support for the news. According to the news in February this year, Google announced that it will enable Google Assistant to support 30 languages this year. The next batch of support lists includes Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai. , also did not see the shadow of Chinese.
This year's I/O Google will inevitably have a larger upgrade to Google Assistant, so that it can help users do more things, but in addition, I believe that many domestic friends are equally concerned about whether they will support Chinese, even if Most people who speak Chinese now do not use Google's services. Not surprisingly, on this I/O, Google is likely to announce a new batch of Google Assistant-supported languages, to see if there will be Chinese.
What exactly is Android P's "P"?
As we all know, every generation of Android operating system will use a dessert as a name, previous Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and gingerbread ;… up to the previous version of Oreo (Oreo).
This time, Android 9.0 has come up with the letter "P." With regard to what desserts Google will use for this generation, there have been various versions of speculation and debate on the Internet. Even thoughtful netizens guessed that Popsicle will be the theme of the spring series wallpaper that Google has just launched. However, I/O is in the midsummer and it is not impossible to say this.
However, the website Android Authority launched a user interaction and did a nominal survey on what everyone guessed about Android P. One of the most popular fans is Peppermint, which YouTube users have the highest support rate of 46%. Other popular answers include —— Popsicle, Pie, Peppermint, Pancake, Parfait.
In fact, we can also cast a vote. What do people think of this "P"?
But still want to say about the function update of Android P. As far as the current developer preview version, P and the previous major modification of the UI version is different, Android P will pay more attention to privacy and background access, and P can stop the background application of the camera and The microphone accesses the user's privacy. If audio recording is required on Android P, both parties will have audio prompts. At the same time, Android P will also increase display cut support and other design choices. Such as foldable screens, different aspect ratios, etc.
According to the release rhythm of the past, this I/O may only publish the name and publish the second developer preview version. The official version of Android P should be released around August.
Google's new hardware
At the fall conference in October last year, Google released Pixel 2, XL, the new smart speakers Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, and the new notebook Google Pixelbook. At that time, Geek Park had said that Google seriously started with hardware and may even fear Apple.
Although I/O is Google’s developer conference, it’s not possible that hardware products are not released. It’s important to know that Google Home was initially on I/O. So, what can we expect from this year's I/O hardware?
A. Upgraded Pixel Buds
As a smart headset that was released in October last year against the Apple AirPods, Pixel Buds made a debut. This earphone capable of "simultaneous interpretation" attracted countless attention. However, due to the short product development cycle, this headset does not fully meet people's high expectations. However, intelligent earphones as an important entry point for smart voices are bound to be an important area after smart speakers, and Google will not easily give up this first-mover advantage. So, this year's I/O does not rule out that Google will launch version 2.0 of Pixel Buds.
B. Google Home with a screen
Google and Amazon's smart speaker war did not stop the truce. On the contrary, with Apple's joining the war situation is even more anxious. So far, Google, as a latecomer, has continued to follow Amazon’s footsteps on the product line and has made a Google Home for each Echo, leaving only the Echo Show with a screen.
Last year, Google and Amazon also tore their faces because of the problem of the Youtube video playing on the Echo Show. They watched users watching YouTube on other products. Presumably, Google would also like to have such a smart speaker capable of putting video. Last October. Did not see this year I/O Perhaps we can wait until it.
C. A new generation of VR/AR glasses
VR has always been one of the main contents of Google I/O in the past few years. In the past two years, Google’s investment in VR and AR is undeniable. Including Project Tango, Daydream are all Google's plans to develop and implement. Seeing that Apple plays in the AR industry, Google might not be able to sit in the morning.
New games and experiences in the VR and AR arenas may be the highlight of this I/O, and the new headsets for VR and AR are also likely to be on the stage of I/O.
Of course, Google is a company that never lacks surprises. We believe Google will bring more surprises to us at the I/O conference. Let's hope together.