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Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by mi7chy, May 17, 2017.
Lets see what's new and interesting.
Will the Android O Developer Preview 2 be released right away ? I wanna try that on my 6P
Been watching since the start. What a boring conference. Android at the last, of course. >_>
The “assisted” home is clearly a two-person race between Google and Amazon now...but I personally find one major flaw in Google’s Home Speaker/Chromecast pairing...Unless I am missing something, doesn’t the TV already have to be ON for you to get your queries answered? Speaking for myself, if the TV is turned on, then it’s because I’m watching something already...and if it isn’t, then I’ll need to reach for the remote, and by that point I might as well reach for my phone...right? Until the TV’s have their assistants built-in from the factory and are “always in standby”, ready to show you your agenda or whatever, then go right back to sleep, I am NOT sold. I know there is CEC but the complaints online seem to be that Chromecast can’t turn your TV OFF, that really needs to be clarified, if you ask me! An interim alternative: Have these assistant/speakers come with a short-throw projector that throws your answer onto the wall behind it, in those cases when a visual is desired/needed.
Based upon the highlights, not all that exciting to me. Very tame.
Vision AI was the highlight with Google Lens, Google Photos, etc.
News surrounding Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) was interesting and also deflated Nvidia's hype with GPU for AI along with their stock (NVDA).
Google Home presentation was pretty convincing due to integrated services. Free calls within North America means it's leveraging Google Voice which will be a big selling point as landline replacement and no long distance charges. Not in the market for a home assistant yet but I'd go with Google Home over Amazon Echo.
Other stuff like Superchat maybe deserved a short mention but it was way overhyped and the idea originated by users on Twitch anyway.
I'm excited about Picture in Picture.
Watched part of it before I had to go to work, some decent stuff from what I seen. Machine learning and ai and assistant looks to be Google's high priority. Was hoping to see the pixel 2 teased or released though haha.
Or at least a price cut on the current one
ANDROID O ISN’T VERY EXCITING, AND THAT’S A GOOD THING
And to learn more about this whole "modular architect" thing that's supposedly going to make updates arrive faster...
Android O is supposed to make Android updates arrive faster
Google is once again trying to solve the problem of slow Android updates, and this time, the company says it has a solution that’ll make it “easier, faster, and less costly for manufacturers” to update their phones to new versions of Android.
The answer is a feature inside of Android O called “Project Treble,” which is supposed to let manufacturers update their phones without having to make a ton of software changes first.
Google has essentially split apart its own work on Android from the work that its hardware partners do on Android to make sure it works with their latest chips. If Treble works like Google says it does, companies like Samsung and Motorola will be able to issue Android updates without waiting for a chip partner, like Qualcomm, to first send along software updates.
MY TAKE: The Android of today is so fast, stable, and feature-rich, that each iteration of Android feels less and less critical to have and to have right away. Having said that, I always welcome even faster updates. Glad to see this is something that is going to continue improving on the Android side of things. I know it factors into people's smartphone decisions.
agree with the perspective above ^
android doesn't need much wrt features imo
just keep working on the backend, smoother and smoother, updates, make is easier for oem's to get hardware working with updates,
2 years of support is not enough
Photos was one of the absolute best things about owning a Pixel. It was easy to use as a gallery and terrific at backing up (original size!) and viewing on the desktop.
Google Photos Gains Shared Libraries, Suggested Sharing, and Photo Books
It's one of the best reasons to own a Pixel.
Is Google Lens active on the assistant app on iOS? I don't believe it is as I don't see the camera/lens icon, but I'm not sure and have not seen anything scouring the internet to indicate when it will be added.
Android O adds notification dots to home screen icons, sort of like iOS but without the number count. What's interesting is, you can long press on the icon to bring up the pop-up list function, and the notification will actually be there for you to act on. Pretty interesting, and looks simple, clean, fast, and is accomplished without the need for a complex/expensive pressure sensitive screen.
It's demonstrated right at the start of The Verge video:
The Verge video also talks about Android security and how Google is bringing that front and center. I know this concerns some people.
MKBHD does a decent run down of the new features, too: