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Google I / O 2019: What is Google's vision for smartphones?

There were quite a few announcements at the Google I / O developer conference. When it comes to smartphones, Google focuses primarily on augmented reality and voice control. Google's vision: less typing on the display and instead pointing at things around you with your smartphone.

  • Here is a list of all the new features for existing Google apps. (It's especially great that the new features are rolled out regardless of your Android version.)
  • Search results now include AR content so you can see what a shark or New Balance shoes look like in real life.
  • In the restaurant, you can point the camera at the menu to see photos, popular dishes and reviews.
    You can also look at the receipt to calculate the tip or share the contribution for your guests.
  • Google Go, which is aimed primarily at people from developing countries, now reads signs and can even translate them if desired. According to Google, the necessary code only uses 100 KB of storage space and even runs on a $ 35 smartphone.
  • The new "Duplex for the Web" feature for Google Assistant can, for example, reserve a rental car for you via a website. In contrast to the duplex feature from last year, however, no phone call is made.
  • Google is shrinking 100 GB of machine learning data to half a gigabyte so that the Google Assistant can do more without internet access. According to Google, voice commands should be faster than touch control.
  • Google Assistant gets a mode for the car, so as not to distract you while driving.
  • The new “Personal References” feature for the Google Assistant uses facts from your life to enable voice commands such as “Remind me to order flowers for my mother a week before her birthday”.

Not all of these features will appear on your smartphone right away. Many of them will probably only come onto the market with the next Pixel model. However, we like the integration of augmented reality into everyday life, even if we are not entirely convinced of the AR cards. We've been using the feature for a few months now, but we don't think AR is better than speech. It is often safer to see the world with your own eyes and not through the smartphone display. Nevertheless, we are really looking forward to these productivity-oriented updates.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes a closer look at the thoughts behind these features:

Our mission to make information accessible and useful hasn't changed in the last 21 years, but our approach has evolved over time. Google is no longer a company that just helps find answers. Today, Google products also help get things done - be it using Smart Compose to find the right words in Gmail or using Maps to plan the fastest route home. Put simply, our vision is to make Google even more helpful to everyone. Regardless of who you are, where you live and what you want to achieve.

This means that data is of ever increasing use and the hardware is slowly moving into the background.