Google kicked off their I/O conference in Mountain View yesterday. Like last year, there was a strong emphasis on AI and AI-powered experiences in the Google Assistant, including a compelling demo of Google Assistant having real phone conversations with businesses to make reservations at a salon and a restaurant.
But Google also introduced a new narrative of Digital Wellbeing, with an emphasis on giving users new tools to help limit the amount of time they spend in apps instead of the real world. Google is clearly responding to the public debate around “Time Well Spent” and controversies like Facebook’s recent Congressional spotlight. It remains to be seen how deeply that changes their behavior - or the experiences for developers building on top of their platforms.
As I did last year, I’ll try to break down Google’s exuberant futurism into three areas: things you probably want to start thinking about now, things you might want to wait for a few months on before investing in, and things that are interesting but either niche or a long way off from primetime - the stuff you can put on your “someday” list.
At Localytics, we’re excited for the future of mobile computing - and the future of deeply intelligent “beyond mobile” experiences that are on display at I/O this year. I personally always love seeing the keynotes and sessions from Google I/O - from the practical nitty-gritty developer content up to the pie-in-the-sky visionary hardware pre-production announcements. Clearly Android apps are still where the rubber meets the road for the company, but the vision for the Assistant and an AI-powered future full of AR phones has us excited to see what’s next.
You can catch all the talks on Google’s I/O conference website, and let us know in the comments what you’re excited about, skeptical of, or starting to develop for today!
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