All the news of Google I / O, from Android 12 to the holographic avatar

Ample space for artificial intelligence, but also for new projects in the name of sustainability and the new world of the Covid-19 era

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A first day full of news the one that inaugurated on Google I / O 2021 free live streaming. On the plate, presentations of various areas in which the Mountain View giant has been working for years such as operating systems, applications for everyday life and above all in the search for an increasingly natural, flexible and useful artificial intelligence.

Android 12

How do we have you widely anticipated, the big news of Android 12 will be a remarkable restyling that will take the name of Material You. It will replace the now seven-year-old Material Design with new shades, animations, borders, space and environment management. The watchword is personalization with a total choice of colors, backgrounds and widget styles to suit your preferences. All animations become smoother and more responsive, areas such as notifications, quick options and the on / off menu are redesigned, and a revamped privacy dashboard debuts. Furthermore, the smartphone can act as a key with Android Auto on compatible cars (we start with some Bwm).

Many smartphones that can install the beta on Android 12, not only the Pixels but also for example OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, Asus Zenfone 8, Oppo Find X3 Pro, Tcl 20 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 11 family.

Big news in the smartwatch field with Google and Samsung to unify Tizen Os platforms with Wear Os whose version 3.0 speeds up animations and makes them smoother, extends battery life and optimizes other functions such as heart rate detection or sleep quality monitoring. There will be step-by-step navigation on Google Maps and YouTube Music by the end of the year.

Artificial intelligence

To demonstrate how important AI is for Google, the topic deserved the opening of the keynote, which recounted very interesting initiatives such as the LaMDA project (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) voted to seek natural conversation with virtual assistants. Based on the open-source Transformer neural network, it will lead to a wider dialogue and less dependent on pre-set patterns and phrases. Mum, acronym for Multitask Unified Model, is a new intelligent algorithm for searches that can handle complex queries: it can support results such as text, but also photos and videos and a more elaborate language.

One of the most interesting AI-based applications is the one that asks you to take three photos of an eventual problem with skin, hair or nails, answer some questions and receive a first (unprofessional) answer to doubts and concerns.

Image of a phone showing you each step of using the AI-powered dermatology assist tool.

On the hardware side, the Google custom AI chips called Tpu, acronym for Tensor Processing Units (tensor processing units) which double the performance compared to the previous generation. Combined in pods of thousands of units each, they can guarantee a computing power comparable to that of supercomputers that are much more energy-consuming and less customizable.

Finally, one is being done to achieve total independence from fossil fuel energy sources by 2030 dynamic movement in real time of activities on data-centers that can exploit carbon-free or clean energy.

Google applications and services

In Google photo private folders appear where you can secure (even with a biometric password) confidential contents, moreover the system recognizes the photos better to organize the Memories and makes it easier to delete those that are considered painful to review. Finally, the so-called cinematic moments create a two-frame animation to achieve a kind of cinematic movement.

Lots of news with Google Maps, which uses machine learning to calculate faster routes with less traffic; surrounding areas that are more crowded are reported and images are shown in Live View to move more easily between businesses and restaurants in places never visited before.

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In Chrome, you will be able to suddenly change a password if the system detects that it has been compromised. Google Canvas enhances the professional Workspace experience for creating and sharing text documents, presentations and spreadsheets for a shared environment that leverages tools like Meet video chat and quick commands.

Perhaps the most curious gem of the keynote was the app Google Starline which creates a real holographic avatar for telepresence in videocall. The two interlocutors enter a booth and in a few moments three-dimensional models are created which will then be reproduced on the other side of the communication with the feeling of really being face to face.

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