MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that there are now 2 billion active devices based on the company’s Android software and touted the company’s new AI efforts as he took the stage at Google’s annual developer conference on Wednesday.
Overall, we’re expecting Google to focus a lot on artificial intelligence and how it informs a variety of products from the Google Assistant on Android phones and messaging apps like Allo during the keynote. Google’s AI is also extending to other devices like GE appliances and the iPhone.
We should also get an update on the latest version of Android, called Android O, which is expected to launch this fall.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage welcoming the crowd of thousands of developers.
“It’s been a very busy year since last year. We’ve been focused on our core mission of organizing the world’s information,” he said. He also mentioned that Google’s efforts in AI are solving the world’s problems at scale.
And there was one big stat: Pichai said there are over 2 billion active Android devices in the world right now. It’s the largest operating system by a longshot.
Pichai said that after mouse and keyboard and touchscreens, Google is working on new methods of input like voice control and imaging. He bragged about how Google’s voice recognition has become much better at accurately understanding what the users say.
“Voice is becoming an important modality in our products,” he said.
Next, there was vision. With computer vision, Google can analyze the contents of photos to better organize them. This is great for products like Google Photos. Pichai announced a new initiative that ties this all together called Google Lens.
This will be part of Google Assistant. It can recognize objects like the species of flower or the wonky passwords written on wifi routers.