We just finished off another successful seminar at Changers Hub Sture where we went through a recap within the Voice area from the Google’s annual developer conference in Mountain View. Curios to see what we talked about? Make sure to continue reading!
Google I/0 is an annual developer conference held by Google in Mountain View, California and brings together developers from around the globe for a first look at Google’s latest developer products and services. Talking to me held a breakfast seminar where we chose to focus on the latest updates within the Voice area and found that, once again, Voice was a hot-topic for Google.
First and foremost, we are seeing how Google is shifting their position from helping their users to find answers to get things done, which was stated by Sundar Pinchai, Google’s CEO. There is also a big shift from working with text as the primarily interface to having Voice replacing it and one way of them doing so, is to have the Google Assistant as a central part in their products.
So what’s new? No one has missed their new take on smart speakers, Nest hub is a smart speaker with a 7-inch voice-controlled display that serves information visually. With it’s many functions, such as controlling all your smart devices from the screen, ask for recipes, play music and steer your calendar (just to mention a few) you are able to make life a bit easier. And more help is on the way with the upcoming Nest hub Max that’s coming up this summer in the U.S, UK and Australia. Fingers crossed they’ll arrive to Sweden pretty shortly…
Another important release is the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, a cheaper alternative to the Pixel 3 duo that launched this fall. In the Google Pixel 3a you can find a 12,2-megapixel camera, with a battery that lasts around 15-16 hours and of course, has the Digital Assistent fully integrated which enables you to multitask between applications and now works 10 times faster – an upgrade that can be experienced through all their devices where the assistant is located.
Last but not least, Google is launching Duplex on the Web which will expand beyond the phone and voice to the web. To start, Duplex will focus on helping the user to book cars and buy movie tickets until it expands further. It will for example help you book a car for your next trip and the Duplex will be able to fill in the necessary information in the form on your behalf by being connected to your calendar, email and other necessary sources of information.
It’s interesting to see Google taking on the AI and Innovation lead and pushing Apple away who has been in the forefront for years. But time will tell if Apple will catch up and we can sure tell you that we are excited to see what Apple releases on their developer conference next week on the 3rd of June.