Key headlines from Google I/O ‘17: From Mobile First to AI First

Google made several announcements by the close of Day 1 of I/O 2017, covering advancements in products such as Google Photos and Google Assistant, the beta release of Android O, and updates in ML, VR and AR.

This list recaps the most important ones, with links to more information on our blogs.

AI and ML

  1. Tensor Processing Units — aimed at powering machine learning — is into its second generation
  2. Built to run machine learning algorithms faster and more efficiently.
  3. Optimized for both inference and training, it will help power the AI era.


  1. Android O focuses on delivering a more fluid experience, faster response, and stronger vitals
  2. Android Go, a special version of the latest Android release aimed at entry-level devices (upto 1GB RAM)
  3. Smart Reply is coming to Gmail’s 1Bn users for Android and iOS

New in Google Photos

  1. Suggested Sharing identifies the best photos of your friends, and reminds you to share it with them
  2. Shared Libraries share photos directly with a specific person — it shows up directly in their photo feed
  3. Control the photos shared by selecting subjects, or a certain date forward.

Google Assistant

  1. It is now coming to iOS
  2. The Google Assistant SDK enables Third Party Developers to easily integrate Assistant into their devices.

Google Lens brings a new way for computers to “see”

  1. Learns more by identifying things around you
  2. Perform actions directly within a Google Allo conversation
  3. Identify buildings and landmarks in Google Photos


  1. Daydream is coming to the next LG flagship, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
  2. Standalone AR/VR devices coming, with hardware fully optimized for VR
  3. Features WorldSense, a new headset tracking technology for tracking your precise movements in space

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