Google I/O 2018 Update

Google I/O 2018 kicked off yesterday, with an opening keynote by Google’s Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai, at 5pm GMT.

Google I/O is an annual developer’s conference held by Google. It was inaugurated in 2008, and is organized by Google’s executive team. “I/O” stands for input/output, as well as the slogan “Innovation in the Open”.

Google hosts this year’s annual developers’ conference, Google I/O at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California. The event has been held at Shoreline Amphitheatre since 2015.

I/O showcases technical in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open sources such as AndroidChrome and Chrome OS, APIs, Google Web ToolkitApp Engine, and more.

Although it is of more interest to developers than consumers, the opening keynote typically contains some interesting information on upcoming Google software (this is not a hardware event). The event’s format is similar to Google Developer Day.

Highlights of yesterday’s event include:

  • Announcement of Google duplex, an app which enables Google Assistant make phone calls for you. Pichai, however noted Google is still working on the tech; so there’s no official launch window for the feature.
  • Announcement of Android Jetpack, the next generation of Android APIs! Android Jetpack is a set of components, tools and guidance that gets its basic DNA from the included Support Library & Architecture Components.
  • Google Lens to help you do more with what you see.

Starting next week, Google Lens will be available right in the camera app of top partners like android and iOS.

  • Announcement of Google’s Third generation tensor processing unit (TPU). TPU is an artificial intelligence accelerator application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC); developed specifically for neural network machine learning.

This latest liquid-cooled TPU Pod is more than 8X more powerful than last year’s, delivering more than 100 petaflops of ML hardware acceleration.

  • Announcement of new and improved Google Photos app with quick fixes and tweaks, powered by Google AI.
  • Google assistant coming to Google Maps. New and improved version will be available on iOS and android this summer
  • Smart displays to be launched in July, powered by Google Assistant and YouTube
  • AI powered, redesigned Google News app was announced.
  • Google introduces machine learning (ML) Kit, an software development kit (SDK) for developers to add AI smarts to iOS and Android apps, with offline AI models provided for free.


On Monday 7th May, 2018, Google announced it is rebranding its Google Research Division to Google Artificial Intelligence (AI). Google announced the news in a blog post, by Christian Howard, Editor-in-Chief, Google AI Communications. It is likely that this move, besides putting Google’s increasing commitment to Artificial Intelligence, sets the scene for an AI influenced/ themed releases.

The next event on Google’s calendar is the Google Cloud Next ’18 #Googlenext18, slated for July 24 – 26. This will be a gathering of skill, expertise and exploration of the latest cloud Technologies at hundreds of breakout sessions and interactive, on-demand hands-on labs, and boot camps. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the best minds in cloud technology on how many industries is adapting, innovating, and growing with cloud. Do well to add this to your calendar.