Pichai also announced that the machine learning-driven Smart Reply feature is coming to Gmail on iOS and Android as well.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., May 17, 2017. The expected release is planned for Q3 2017, which gives developers time to play around it in preview and send the Android team feedback to fix bugs and fine tune the build. According to a Google representative, devs will be able to label their actions as being only available on devices with or without a screen, thus effectively including or excluding smartphones.
As part of a years-old tradition, Google will name the next Android version after a dessert or sweet-tasting snack beginning with the letter "O".
The vision of AI first has already been seen to a certain extent with the Google Assistant running on Google Home devices and also present in the latest versions of Android.
Last year we got Nougat, and this year we are expecting the company to make announcements regarding the new Android OS. At a glance, this seems like Google's answer to Amazon Lex.
A standalone Assistant app that's ready to receive a voice command as soon as it's opened should gain a following, particularly since (judging by both third-party tests and personal observations) Assistant is often more effective and accurate than Siri at handling everyday commands and queries.
In previous years, Google has announced new versions of its Android mobile operating system at I/O, as well as new hardware devices. Reveals at last year's event included Google Assistant, the Allo messaging app, the Google Home speaker, the Daydream VR headset platform and the Instant Apps platform, which lets a user run an app in the absence of a full download.
Google says new tools will encourage sharing of photos that you might have meant to share - but forgot. So Android O will include so-called "wise limits" that will monitor the amount of energy and power that each app is using, and limit an app's access to those resources if it is hogging them.
Vitals is focused on keeping Android phones secure and healthy, working to maximize power and performance.
Facebook has been trying to address this issue as well with its Moments app, which lets people share photos with friends and family privately, without posting them to a wider audience. The Play Console Dashboard will analyze apps for battery drain, their tendency to cause crashes, and how they affect the speed of the UI.
The coding language Kotlin is now officially supported by Android.
Google is adding platform support for autofill meaning that you can select an autofill app, similar to the way you may have selected keyboard apps in the past, which stores and secures user data such as usernames and passwords.