What Google has in store for 2017

​A look at the most exciting, innovative technologies to emerge from Google's annual developer conference

First published on June 05, 2017

​The Google I/O developer conference is an opportunity for the tech giant to showcase all of the cutting-edge ideas it's been working on – and this year was no exception. From cameras that can analyse your surroundings to pro-active advice from Google Home, we've rounded up the very best of it.

Gmail smart replies

Gmail has now been equipped with a machine learning system which can read messages and suggest replies. So if you're asked a question via email, Gmail will suggest possible answers for you to use. It was first launched on Google Inbox, but it's set to be available on i0S and Android Gmail apps now, too.

Google Lens

Combining camera technology with artificial intelligence (AI) means a whole new type of photography is on the horizon. In the not-to-distant future, we'll be able to easily remove unwanted parts of a photograph. But that's not all. A new camera feature, under 'Google Lens', will be able to identify exactly what is in an image and give you handy information about it. But perhaps more excitingly for some, if you point your lens at Wi-Fi login details – it will be able to instantly log you on to that network. 

iPhone Assistant

A similar concept to Apple's Siri, Google's AI mobile assistant is now set to be available as an iPhone and iPad app. In terms of its capability, it's going to become even more conversational over the coming months – so users can accomplish tasks with a quick chat. As well as this, it will be available in lots of different languages – like French, German, Portuguese and Japanese.

Google Home

With a brand new software update, the voice-activated speaker, Google Home, has got an array of new features to play with. The device will now work as a phone, allowing people to place free calls to the USA and Canada. It will also offer proactive advice – like notifying you if the traffic is particularly heavy – and send push notifications to apps on tablets and mobile phones.

Virtual Reality (VR)

Back in February 2016, there were rumours around Google launching a VR headset. Now, they've finally confirmed they're working on a wireless, self-contained headset – that won't require a smartphone to power it – and it will be launched later in the year. They revealed they're working with both HTC and Lenovo on two separate headsets.

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