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Google IO 2017: all the news from Google's big developer conference

By Michelle Fitzsimmons , Joe Osborne World of tech
Google IO 2017 is underway! Day 2 has been packed with tons of sessions and up-close looks at what's next for Google. 
We've also seen plenty of clues as to Android O's mystery name. Spoiler: it looks like it'll be Android Oreo, and we've got eight reasons why
We were also introduced to the next generation of Google's Daydream VR platform. Called Euphrates, Daydream 2.0 is built with standalone VR in mind. It's filled with new features, like an updated Daydream Home, to push Google's vision for VR even further.
Short on time? Then catch up with the five most important announcements in our quick Google IO keynote round up.
However, Google isn't set only on elbowing into iPhone, with aims to bring Google Assistant to various home appliances as well as vehicles.
This is a big step forward for virtual reality as everything is contained in the headset. Latency is reduced, and you can take your VR headset wherever you go. 
The Daydream VR standalone VR headsets from HTC and Lenovo will be available later this year.
The next Android: We've gotten a rundown of Android O features, namely Fluid Experiences and Vitals. The point with these is to make using Android smoother, save your device's battery life and give you doubly faster boot time, among other decent improvements like picture-in-picture and smart copying.
Android O won't be a radical change over Android Nougat, but there are improvements to be had. Check out all of them in our Android O hub page. And no, we still don't know what it will be called. Oreo? Oatmeal?
These are sizeable gains for Google Home, but definitely feel like catch up to Amazon Echo.
Google Photos gets lots of love: A few new features were detailed for Google Photos during the show: suggested sharing (Google tells you who might want your photos shared with them), shared libraries and Photo Books, wherein Google will print a physical coffee book of your photos, sent right to you. Neat!
A Lens for the future: Google also announced new tech called Google Lens, which is computer-vision photo tech that can recognize what you're looking at and take actions based on what it sees. That could mean removing a fence in the way of your daughter at bat during a baseball game, or identifying a flower you took a photo of. It's computer vision, come to your photos. 
An impressive feature of Google Lens is the ability to parse text out of a photo. So if you take a photo of a Wi-FI SSID and password, Google Lens can take that information and log you into a network. 
Google Lens can also translate text; if you point your phone at a menu in Japanese and ask, 'What is that?', it a) will recognize what you're trying to translate and b) translate the text for you. Google Lens will be available later this year.
Some big news for Gmail users: Google is rolling out smart replies to iOS and Android. These AI-suggested replies should make emailing (even more of) a breeze.
Finally, Google announced Android Go, a version of Android that's less demanding and intended for budget phones beginning in 2018. 
Android Go will allow smartphones with anywhere between 512MB to 1GB of RAM use the latest Android software. It's similar to Google's Android One initiative, which also aimed to put a less taxing Android on budget devices.
While we didn't see any more new hardware from Google at its 2017 IO event, we did get a good sense of where Google's headed in the next year: even deeper into our lives than ever before.
Turn to Page 2 for pre-Google IO 2017 news and predictions!
Google IO 2017: all the news from Google's big developer conference Reviewed by Chidinma C Amadi on 12:58 AM Rating: 5

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