Google IO 2021 is the company’s developer conference, so it’s a chance for third-party developers to learn all about Google’s software platforms as well as hear about upcoming software updates for platforms including Android and Wear OS.
We’ve heard rumors and reports on a number of upcoming tech announcements. The Google Pixel 5a, Pixel Buds A, and the long-rumored Google Pixel Watch all were expected to be announced. However, we didn’t see any new hardware from Google today (May 18th, 2021).
The opening keynote is always the focus of attention, but the event is three days long, so it will take place from May 18 to May 20.
Google accidentally leaks Pixel Buds A-series ahead of launch
In a tweet, Google unintentionally unveiled the Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds ahead of their official unveiling at Google I/O 2021. The official Android account tweeted, which has since been removed, that the Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds will come with Quick Pair support, which will be available on Android 6.0 and higher smartphones.
In addition, the image in the tweet shows the design of the Pixel Buds A-Series, which will have a stem and a pebble-shaped case. They do, in particular, resemble the 2020 Pixel Buds. The premature tweet has confirmed at least one color variant, white.
Google I/O 2021: Smart Canvas
Smart canvas seems to be a collaboration tool with AI capabilities. It looks like, users will be able to integrate Google Meet directly into their Docs, Sheets, and Slides, according to Google. In Google Meet, Google is now introducing Companion Mode, which gives each user their own video tile, ensuring that everyone is accessible during video calls. Which means no hiding in Google Meet.
Google Meet will also use Machine Learning to reduce background noise and keep the lighting flawless during video calls, making us seem more presentable. Google Meet will get a lot of new features thanks to Smart Canvas. These capabilities will be available to all consumers, not just paying enterprise users, according to the company.
Google I/O 2021: TPU V4
Sundar discussed the company’s machine-learning Tensor Processing Unit, with TPU V4 being the latest quantum computer technology. With 4096 V4 Chips in a pod, it’s more than twice as fast as TPU V3. More than 1018 flops can be delivered by the TPU V4 pod.
It’s running these on 90% carbon-free energy to keep with the theme. Customers that use the cloud will be able to use this new version later this year.
Google I/O 2021: Natural language Processing ‘LaMDA’
‘LaMDA’ is Google’s new natural language processing model, and although it is still in development, it is being marketed as a more advanced version. The new model is much more natural and capable of generating an open-ended conversation.
Google demonstrated what it would be like to converse with Pluto or a paper airplane, but in this case, LaMDA provides the voice and dialog for both.
Fun Fact: In this IO live stream, Google referred to Pluto as a planet.
LaMDA, a Google project, is designed to converse about every subject and experiment with new interactions. It has a lot of information about Pluto, and it has an odd conversation with the former planet. It’s odd.
Google I/O 2021: LaMDA is not perfect though
Pichai states that LaMDA isn’t perfect yet. They want to make sure it follows Google’s standards on fairness, privacy, and consistency, he says. It’s unclear if LaMDA would be integrated into Google’s current products, such as The Assistant. LaMDA is also restricted because it is only trained on text, not images, videos, or other media. It isn’t a multimodal model yet.
Google IO 2021: Google Maps
Google Maps will now show the Live View right in the app. As the company is increasing the visibility of interactive signs and bringing Live View inside. Google is also improving Street Maps by adding more details. At the end of the year, it expects to expand to 50 new cities. So, if you’re visiting Columbus Circle in New York City, you’ll know where the sidewalks and crosswalks are for extra safe sightseeing.
Google Maps has been updated with environmentally friendly and most power-efficient routes in order to reduce vehicle pollution and fuel usage. Google Maps also has 150,000 miles of cycling paths.
Small details matter, such as showing you cafes in the morning and restaurants at work, or landmarks and attractions while you’re visiting a new place. Not only does it show busier restaurants, but it also shows busier AREAS. In the coming months, it will be available worldwide.
Google Maps is getting AI, which will have game-changing indoor directions for those of us who get confused in places like airports. In AR, you can now use Live View to see where you need to go. Indoor Live View for difficult-to-navigate buildings is coming this week to Zurich and Tokyo next month.
Google IO 2021: Google Photos
Google will now use AI to get some of these memories back to life. ‘Little Patterns’ is a novel way to revisit old photographs. To show you these files, Google will use Machine Learning. In other words, it will search for similarities in images in order to align pictures of identical shapes and colors, which it will then display to the user as a memory. Thankfully, Google would also enable users to delete a picture from their memory if it is triggering.
The developers are going to include a password-protected locked folder so you can hide photos and videos that aren’t meant for wandering eyes.
Google IO 2021: Google Android Private Computer Core
Google is introducing a Private Compute Core to Android, which protects user data for AI-driven features including Live Caption (which shows captions based on audio), Now Playing (which informs users what music is playing), and Smart Reply (which suggests short replies to messages and emails). According to Google, audio and language encoding takes place entirely on the user’s device for these features. This is also completely free and open source.
Google IO 2021: Android 12
All in the design is being overhauled, particularly the colors and shapes. Color extraction will pull key colors from your phone’s wallpaper to create an exclusive color palette for you. This will first be available on the Google Pixel phone in the fall.
Android 12 beta 1 is coming soon to a device near you, and smartphone manufacturers are letting you try it out on 11 different phones. Which are listed below:
- Google Pixel : Pixel 3, 3a, 3XL, 4, 4a, 4a 5G, 4XL, 5
- Asus : Zenfone 8
- TCL : TCL 20 Pro
- Oppo : Oppo Find X3 Pro
- Realme : Realme GT
- Sharp : Devices yet to be announced
- Tecno : TECNO CAMON 17
- Vivo : iQOO 7 Legend
- Xiaomi : Xiaomi Mi11, Mi11 Ultra, Mi11i, Mi11X Pro
- OnePlus : OnePlus 9, 9 Pro
- ZTE : ZTE Axon 30 Ultra
Android 12 connectivity with ChromeOS
Users will be able to open their Chromebooks using their Android phones, it seems. On the ChromeBook, they can also get notifications from their mobile. Google is now working on a TV app that would be compatible with Android TVs. Furthermore, almost 100 million cars will be compatible with Android Auto wireless.
Android 12: Privacy
Android 12 will have a new Privacy dashboard. It will reveal when and what data was accessed. From the dashboard, a user may revoke permission. In just one tap, two new options in quick settings can disable camera and microphone access for all applications.
Google IO 2021: A revamped design for Android 12 ‘Material You’
Android 12 will be completely redesigned. Material You, a way for users to spice up the UI (mostly by modifying colors and shapes) to fit their own style, is a break from Google’s standard palette. Based on the colors in the wallpaper photo, the system can generate a custom palette.
A one-of-a-kind template created exclusively for you. It will first be available on Google Pixel phones later this fall. All have been completely redesigned, including the clock, notifications shade, and quick settings, which now include Google Pay. Long pressing the power button now brings up the Google Assistant. Widgets on Android 12 will now be revamp as well.
Well, talking about my personal opinion, I liked the whole revamped UI.
Android 12 UI changes so far in the Beta 1
Material You is the most recent update of Google’s official design language, and it’ll be available to Pixel users first in Android 12 this fall. Some of Android 12’s latest interface elements are already live in Beta 1 for Pixel smartphones. This includes a modern ripple animation for taps and a revamped PIN entry type on the lock screen.
Along with it, major changes to the Android aesthetic will be made, including more personalization and a completely fresh look for the entire operating system.
Along with this fresh new look, Android 12 promises significant performance improvements, including fewer stutters and lockups. All seems to be very promising. And we are so excited to try it out.
Samsung and Google announcement:
Wear OS and Tizen are collaborating, which is great news for both firms (and consumers). Google’s smartwatch operating system has been hampered by battery life and processing. Tizen is Samsung’s watch operating system, and it doesn’t have widespread distribution (it’s just on Samsung devices) to attract app developers – it’s simply not worth it. This has the potential to be a game-changer.
The new Samsung Galaxy watch has been teased, and it will come with the Google Play Store pre-installed. Anything we don’t like about the Samsung Galaxy Watch series will be fix with this.
And with promises like 30% faster app start times, smoother transitions and significantly longer battery life (they mentioned this four times), Apple’s watchOS software may finally have a rival after six years.
Google IO 2021: Google Camera
According to the company, Google’s camera isn’t objective, so it’s addressing racing and modifying computational photography algorithms to better capture curly and wavy hairstyles.