Find My Device: new name and features for Google’s Android Device Manager
One of the most striking debuts in Pichai’s talk was the second version of Google’s custom “TPU“, or “tensor processing unit” circuitry, for cloud computing. Siri. Alexa. Google Assistant.
The big one: “There are now 2 billion monthly active Android devices globally”, according to a blog post by Google’s VP of engineering Dave Burke. Google is making the AI assistant more conversational and giving users new input methods – you’ll be able to finally type to ask Assistant questions on your phone. The software will recognise the faces and create the album for you. The next version of Android, available to the mass market later this year, aims to gauge and control how much battery life your apps are using.
The Cupertino-based company launched the Google Assistant at previous year I/O conference, which has done remarkably well for itself since. On TVs. Inside other apps. The Google partnership also include working on application programming interfaces (APIs) for Google For Jobs, which will allow companies, career sites, job boards, and even staffing agencies to improve the job search experience of job seekers who visit their websites and job platform.
If you’re a developer ad interested in Instant Apps feature, you can head to g.co/InstantApps to find out more information. Soon Google will add a filter for commute times, so you don’t apply for dream positions that require sitting in traffic for two hours.
An additional Android stat announced yesterday: Android users installed 82bn apps and games from the Google Play store in 2016, up 26% from the 65bn installs in 2015, as the number of Google Play “buyers” grew by almost 30%. Google says the updated console will let developers collect data on app usage and performance, and analyze user discovery platforms.
Apple trademarked the App Store, so Google called its app store a Play Store.
The Google Play Store already had a feature called ‘Verify apps‘ which would analyze an app before it’s installed onto your device for potential threats.
In Android O, permissions are less abusable by harmful apps.
That reflects a recognition by the search giant that the assistant and other apps will be increasingly important to its future, said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.
“Play Protect is built into every device with Google Play, is always updating, and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don’t have to lift a finger”, Dave Burke, VP of engineering at Google said.