Google I/O 2024: Here’s everything Google just announced

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It’s that second you’ve been ready for all 12 months: Google I/O keynote day! Google kicked off its developer convention annually with a rapid-fire stream of bulletins, together with many unveilings of current issues it’s been engaged on. Brian already kicked us off by sharing what we predict.

Because you won’t have had time to look at the entire two-hour presentation Tuesday, we took that on and delivered fast hits of the most important information from the keynote as they have been introduced, all in an easy-to-digest, easy-to-skim listing.

Privateness considerations over AI voice name scans

Google showcased a demo of a name rip-off detection function throughout I/O, which it says will likely be added to a future model of Android. The function scans voice calls as they’re occurring with AI, which successfully is client-side scanning, which has already sparked such a backlash on iOS that Apple deserted its plans to undertake it in 2021. And as anticipated, a variety of privateness advocates and specialists voiced considerations over Google’s use of the know-how, which they are saying may swiftly increase past making use of simply to scams and be utilized in extra malicious methods. Learn extra

Up to date safety features

On Wednesday, Google introduced it’s including new safety and privateness protections to Android, together with on-device dwell risk detection to catch malicious apps, new safeguards for display sharing, and higher safety towards cell web site simulators.

The corporate mentioned it’s growing the on-device functionality of its Google Play Defend system to detect fraudulent apps attempting to breach delicate permissions. It additionally makes use of AI to detect if apps are attempting to work together with different providers and apps in an unauthorized method.

Google mentioned if the system is for certain about malicious conduct, it disables the app routinely. In any other case, it alerts the corporate for a evaluate after which alerts customers. Learn extra

And to guard gadgets in the actual world, Google additionally introduced Theft Detection Lock, an AI-powered addition that identifies movement generally related to theft, like a swift motion in an other way. As soon as detected, the cellphone display routinely locks, stopping future utilization of the machine with out clearing no matter safeguards you’ve put in place. Learn extra

Google TV

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Google labored its Gemini into its Google TV sensible TV working system so it could possibly generate descriptions for motion pictures and TV reveals. When an outline is lacking on the house display, the AI will fill it in routinely to make sure that viewers by no means should marvel what a title is about. It’ll additionally translate descriptions into the viewer’s native language, making the content material extra discoverable to a wider viewers. The very best half? The AI-generated descriptions are additionally personalised based mostly on a viewer’s style and actor preferences. Learn extra

Personal Area function

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Now right here’s a enjoyable one. Personal Area is a brand new Android function that lets customers silo a portion of the working system for delicate data. It’s a bit like Incognito mode for the cellular working system, sectioning designated apps right into a “container.”

The area is on the market from the launcher and will be locked as a second layer of authentication. Apps in Personal Area will likely be hidden from notifications, settings and recents. Customers can nonetheless entry the apps via a system sharesheet and photograph picker in the principle area, as long as the personal area has been unlocked.

Builders can mess around with it now, however there’s a caveat — there’s a bug. Google says it expects to deal with the bug within the coming days. Learn extra

Google Maps will get geospatial AR

Google Maps customers will quickly have a brand new layer of content material on their telephones — they are going to have entry to geospatial augmented actuality content material. The function will first seem in Singapore and Paris as a part of a pilot program launching later this 12 months.

Customers will be capable to entry the AR content material by first looking for a location in Google Maps. If the placement has AR content material and the person is close to the place, they should faucet on the picture that claims “AR Expertise” after which raise their cellphone. 

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If somebody is exploring a spot remotely, they will see the identical AR expertise in Road View. After exploring the AR content material, customers can share the expertise via a deep hyperlink URL or QR code on social media. Learn extra

Put on OS 5

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Google gave a developer preview of the brand new model of its smartwatch working system, Put on OS 5. The newest launch focuses on improved battery life and different efficiency enhancements, like extra environment friendly exercise monitoring. Builders are additionally getting up to date instruments for creating watch faces, in addition to new variations of Put on OS tiles and Jetpack Compose for constructing watch apps. Learn extra

TechCrunch Minute

As we notice throughout this publish, the Google I/O developer convention got here with an enormous dose of AI. See how Anthony Ha summed it up Wednesday. Learn extra

Even Elon Musk took notice

“Internet” search filter

Google launched a brand new strategy to filter for simply text-based hyperlinks. The brand new “Internet” filter seems on the high of the outcomes web page and permits customers to filter for textual content hyperlinks the way in which they will at the moment filter for photos, video, information or procuring.

As Sarah Perez reviews, the launch is an admission that generally folks will need to simply floor text-based hyperlinks to internet pages, aka the basic blue hyperlinks, that at the moment are sometimes of secondary significance as Google both solutions the query in its informational Information Panels or, now, via AI experiments. Learn extra

Firebase Genkit

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There’s a brand new addition to the Firebase platform, known as Firebase Genkit, that goals to make it simpler for builders to construct AI-powered functions in JavaScript/TypeScript, with Go help coming quickly. It’s an open supply framework, utilizing the Apache 2.0 license, that permits builders to shortly construct AI into new and current functions.

Among the use circumstances for Genkit the corporate is highlighting Tuesday embrace most of the normal GenAI use circumstances: content material technology and summarization, textual content translation and producing photos. Learn extra

AI advert nauseam

Tuesday’s Google I/O ran for 110 minutes, however Google managed to reference AI a whopping 121 occasions throughout (by its personal rely) the occasion. CEO Sundar Pichai referenced the determine to wrap up the presentation, cheekily stating that the corporate was doing the “arduous work” of counting for us. Once more, it was no shock — we have been prepared for it. Learn extra

Generative AI for studying

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Additionally at the moment, Google unveiled LearnLM, a brand new household of generative AI fashions “fine-tuned” for studying. It’s a collaboration between Google’s DeepMind AI analysis division and Google Analysis. LearnLM fashions are designed to “conversationally” tutor college students on a spread of topics, Google says.

Although it’s already accessible on a number of of Google’s platforms, the corporate is taking LearnLM via a pilot program in Google Classroom. It is usually working with educators to see how LearnLM may simplify and enhance the method of lesson planning. LearnLM may assist academics uncover new concepts, content material and actions, Google says, or discover supplies tailor-made to the wants of particular pupil cohorts. Learn extra

Quiz grasp

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Talking of training, new to YouTube are AI-generated quizzes. This new conversational AI software permits customers to figuratively “increase their hand” when watching academic movies. Viewers can ask clarifying questions, get useful explanations or take a quiz on the subject material. 

That is going to be some reduction for individuals who have to look at longer academic movies, akin to lectures or seminars, as a result of Gemini mannequin’s long-context capabilities. These new options are rolling out to pick out Android customers within the U.S. Learn extra

Gemma 2 updates

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One of many high requests Google heard from builders is for an even bigger Gemma mannequin, so Google will likely be including a brand new 27-billion-parameter mannequin to Gemma 2. This subsequent technology of Google’s Gemma fashions will launch in June. This dimension is optimized by Nvidia to run on next-generation GPU and may run effectively on a single TPU host and vertex AI, Google mentioned. Learn extra

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Google Play

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Google Play is getting some consideration with a brand new discovery function for apps, new methods to accumulate customers, updates to Play Factors and different enhancements to developer-facing instruments just like the Google Play SDK Console and Play Integrity API, amongst different issues.

Of specific curiosity to builders is one thing known as the Have interaction SDK, which is able to introduce a means for app makers to showcase their content material to customers in a full-screen, immersive expertise that’s personalised to the person person. Google says this isn’t a floor that customers can see presently, nevertheless. Learn extra

Detecting scams throughout calls

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Tuesday, Google previewed a function it believes will alert customers to potential scams throughout the name. 

The function, which will likely be constructed right into a future model of Android, makes use of Gemini Nano, the smallest model of Google’s generative AI providing, which will be run solely on-device. The system successfully listens for “dialog patterns generally related to scams” in actual time. 

Google offers the instance of somebody pretending to be a “financial institution consultant.” Frequent scammer ways like password requests and present playing cards will even set off the system. These are all fairly properly understood to be methods of extracting your cash from you, however loads of folks on the earth are nonetheless susceptible to those kinds of scams. As soon as set off, it can pop up a notification that the person could also be falling prey to unsavory characters. Learn extra

Ask Photographs

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Google Photographs is getting an AI infusion with the launch of an experimental function, Ask Photographs, powered by Google’s Gemini AI mannequin. The brand new addition, which rolls out later this summer time, will enable customers to look throughout their Google Photographs assortment utilizing pure language queries that leverage an AI’s understanding of their photograph’s content material and different metadata.

Whereas earlier than customers may seek for particular folks, locations, or issues of their photographs, because of pure language processing, the AI improve will make discovering the fitting content material extra intuitive and fewer of a guide search course of.

And the instance was cute, too. Who doesn’t love a tiger stuffed animal/Golden Retriever band duo known as “Golden Stripes?” Learn extra

All About Gemini

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Gemini in Gmail

Gmail customers will be capable to search, summarize, and draft their emails utilizing its Gemini AI know-how. It can additionally be capable to take motion on emails for extra complicated duties, like serving to you course of an e-commerce return by looking out your inbox, discovering the receipt and filling out an internet kind. Learn extra

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Gemini 1.5 Professional

One other improve to the generative AI is that Gemini can now analyze longer paperwork, codebases, movies and audio recordings than earlier than.

In a non-public preview of a brand new model of Gemini 1.5 Professional, the corporate’s present flagship mannequin, it was revealed that it could possibly soak up as much as 2 million tokens. That’s double the earlier most quantity. With that stage, the brand new model of Gemini 1.5 Professional helps the most important enter of any commercially accessible mannequin. Learn extra

Gemini Dwell

The corporate previewed a brand new expertise in Gemini known as Gemini Dwell, which lets customers have “in-depth” voice chats with Gemini on their smartphones. Customers can interrupt Gemini whereas the chatbot’s chatting with ask clarifying questions, and it’ll adapt to their speech patterns in actual time. And Gemini can see and reply to customers’ environment, both by way of photographs or video captured by their smartphones’ cameras.

At first look, Dwell doesn’t appear to be a drastic improve over current tech. However Google claims it faucets newer methods from the generative AI discipline to ship superior, much less error-prone picture evaluation — and combines these methods with an enhanced speech engine for extra constant, emotionally expressive and practical multi-turn dialogue. Learn extra

Gemini Nano

Now for a tiny announcement. Google can also be constructing Gemini Nano, the smallest of its AI fashions, straight into the Chrome desktop shopper, beginning with Chrome 126. This, the corporate says, will allow builders to make use of the on-device mannequin to energy their very own AI options. Google plans to make use of this new functionality to energy options like the present “assist me write” software from Workspace Lab in Gmail, for instance. Learn extra

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Gemini on Android

Google’s Gemini on Android, its AI alternative for Google Assistant, will quickly be benefiting from its capability to deeply combine with Android’s cellular working system and Google’s apps. Customers will be capable to drag and drop AI-generated photos straight into their Gmail, Google Messages and different apps. In the meantime, YouTube customers will be capable to faucet “Ask this video” to seek out particular data from inside that YouTube video, Google says. Learn extra

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Google Maps AI highlights
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Gemini on Google Maps

Gemini mannequin capabilities are coming to the Google Maps platform for builders, beginning with the Locations API. Builders can present generative AI summaries of locations and areas in their very own apps and web sites. The summaries are created based mostly on Gemini’s evaluation of insights from Google Maps’ group of greater than 300 million contributors. What’s higher? Builders will not have to write down their very own customized descriptions of locations. Learn extra

Tensor Processing Items get a efficiency increase

Google unveiled its subsequent technology — the sixth, to be precise — of its Tensor Processing Items (TPU) AI chips. Dubbed Trillium, they are going to launch later this 12 months. Should you recall, saying the subsequent technology of TPUs is one thing of a convention at I/O, even because the chips solely roll out later within the 12 months. 

These new TPUs will function a 4.7x efficiency increase in compute efficiency per chip when in comparison with the fifth technology. What’s perhaps much more necessary, although, is that Trillium options the third technology of SparseCore, which Google describes as “a specialised accelerator for processing ultra-large embeddings widespread in superior rating and suggestion workloads.” Learn extra

Google is including extra AI to its search, assuaging doubts that the corporate is shedding market share to rivals like ChatGPT and Perplexity. It’s rolling out AI-powered overviews to customers within the U.S. Moreover, the corporate can also be wanting to make use of Gemini as an agent for issues like journey planning. Learn extra

Google plans to make use of generative AI to prepare all the search outcomes web page for some search outcomes. That’s along with the present AI Overview function, which creates a brief snippet with combination details about a subject you have been looking for. The AI Overview function turns into usually accessible Tuesday, after a stint in Google’s AI Labs program. Learn extra

Generative AI upgrades

Google Imagen 3
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Google introduced Imagen 3, the most recent within the tech large’s Imagen generative AI mannequin household.

Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind, Google’s AI analysis division, mentioned that Imagen 3 extra precisely understands the textual content prompts that it interprets into photos versus its predecessor, Imagen 2, and is extra “artistic and detailed” in its generations. As well as, the mannequin produces fewer “distracting artifacts” and errors, he mentioned.

“That is [also] our greatest mannequin but for rendering textual content, which has been a problem for picture technology fashions,” Hassabis added. Learn extra

Challenge IDX

Challenge IDX, the corporate’s next-gen, AI-centric browser-based growth surroundings, is now in open beta. With this replace comes an integration with the Google Maps Platform into the IDE, serving to add geolocation options to its apps, in addition to integrations with the Chrome Dev Instruments and Lighthouse to assist debug functions. Quickly, Google will even allow deploying apps to Cloud Run, Google Cloud’s serverless platform for operating front- and back-end providers. Learn extra


Google’s gunning for OpenAI’s Sora with Veo, an AI mannequin that may create 1080p video clips round a minute lengthy given a textual content immediate. Veo can seize completely different visible and cinematic kinds, together with photographs of landscapes and time lapses, and make edits and changes to already-generated footage.

It additionally builds on Google’s preliminary industrial work in video technology, previewed in April, which tapped the corporate’s Imagen 2 household of image-generating fashions to create looping video clips. Learn extra

person holding phone using Google Circle to Search
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The AI-powered Circle to Search function, which permits Android customers to get instantaneous solutions utilizing gestures like circling, will now be capable to resolve extra complicated issues throughout psychics and math phrase issues. It’s designed to make it extra pure to have interaction with Google Search from wherever on the cellphone by taking some motion — like circling, highlighting, scribbling or tapping. Oh, and it’s additionally higher to assist children with their homework straight from supported Android telephones and tablets. Learn extra

Pixel 8a

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Google couldn’t wait till I/O to indicate off the most recent addition to the Pixel line and introduced the brand new Pixel 8a final week. The handset begins at $499 and ships Tuesday. The updates, too, are what we’ve come to count on from these refreshes. On the high of the listing is the addition of the Tensor G3 chip. Learn extra

Pixel Slate

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Google’s Pixel Pill, known as Slate, is now accessible. Should you recall, Brian reviewed the Pixel Pill round this time final 12 months, and all he talked about was the bottom. Curiously sufficient, the pill is on the market with out it. Learn extra

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