google io 2019

On Tuesday, Google held its annual developer conference Google I/O, where the company demoed all the products it’s been working on.

There was a big emphasis on privacy — Chrome will reportedly implement anti-fingerprinting tech and Incognito Mode will soon be available with Google Maps. The company also pulled back the curtain on a slew of new products that are available now:

Google Pixel 3a

Google’s new ‘affordable’ smartphone (it’s $399). Pixel 3a is designed to fit nicely in your hand, and includes an OLED display for crisp images and bright colors. It comes in three colors—Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish—and two sizes. In the U.S., the phone will also be available from carriers other than Verizon, possibly swaying buyers away from Samsung Galaxy devices and iPhones.


Google Lens

Consumer Menu

Google Lens helps you decide what to order [Image – blog.google.com]

Google’s image recognition software, Google Lens is now competing alongside Snap, Pinterest and others to digitize and index the real world. As of yesterday, Google Lens lets you snap a photo of a food menu to look up a dish before you order. The feature is available as an app and is also built into the cameras of Google Pixels.

Announced two years ago at I/O, Google Lens is now available on Android, Photos, and Image Search and the company is also bringing augmented reality to Search on the web for more realistic and detailed results through 3D models.

Nest Hub Max

Nest Hub (formerly Google Home Hub) has a digital photo frame powered by Google Photos and the home view dashboard, which gives you full control of your connected device. This is Google’s first smart display with a camera. It’s 10 inches, and you can use it for things like video calls or home security monitoring. Google also announced it’s renaming Google Home Hub to Nest Hub.

Google Duplex

Google’s AI assistant, is coming to the web. Specifically, the AI will be focused on car bookings and movie ticketing to start. In I/O conference the company confirmed its Google Assistant feature for booking restaurant reservations via the phone, powered by Duplex’s AI technology, has begun to roll out in English to more Android and iOS devices across the U.S. Besides mobile app, Google is gearing up to launch Duplex on the Web as well.

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