Google I/O 2021: Highlights, New Launches, and Everything You Need to Know

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Google I/O 2021 just launched on Tuesday. There are quite exciting updates regarding the event. Many updates were unleashed, various features were introduced, etc. Here’s a brief recap for you.

Android Beta 12

Google officially dropped the Android 12 Beta version on Tuesday. As usual, Pixel users are the first ones to try out the latest software. Pixel 5, Pixel 4/4a, and Pixel 3/3a are already enrolled in the Beta program. Several flagship phones from partner OEMs are also joining the Android 12 Beta party. Following devices are Android 12 Beta 1 eligible:

  • ASUS Zenfone 8
  • Google (Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G, Pixel 5)
  • One Plus 9 and One Plus 9 Pro
  • Realme GT
  • Tecno Camon 17
  • TCL 20 Pro 5G
  • Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
  • Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i, Mi 11 X Pro
  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra

Google I/O 2021: Highlights, New Launches, and Everything You Need to Know
Source: CNET

Google Material You 

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Material You, the new Google design language was also showcased at the event. This is the latest redesign after the current Material Design which is now a bit old. Material You colorful, refreshing, and bold. Its main focus is on offering users endless customization through its theming capacity. We will soon witness Material You in almost all the Google products.

Google Finally Adopts Wear OS

After deserting Wear OS for many years, Google has finally adopted it. Google is now serious regarding its smartwatch OS. The company announced that it will collaborate with the Korean electronics brand, Samsung. Wear OS will also have Material You in it. It will also inherit some popular Fitbit features. Wear OS will also have a YouTube music app in it. Users can download music and listen to it anytime they want.

Google I/O 2021: Highlights, New Launches, and Everything You Need to Know
Source: 9to5Google

The New Language Model: LaMDA 

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This was one of the fascinating reveals at Google I/O. LaMDA is a conversational language model built on Google’s ‘Transformer’. The transformer is Google’s newer network architecture. It is unlike other language models and is not restricted to answer only queries. LaMDA can indulge in free-flowing conversations on any topic. It is still in the development phase currently.

Project Starline: The Future of Video Calls 

This feature is the future of video conferencing. Video calls are extremely common these days. We have platforms like WhatsApp, Zoom, Meet, etc. to connect with people. But we have this desire in our heart to see the person in real. Project Starline, a Google initiative will make video conferencing feel real. It will use 3D imaging and you’ll feel that the person is next to you. Watch here.

Google I/O 2021: Highlights, New Launches, and Everything You Need to Know
Source: Wired UK

New Features Added to Google Maps 

Three new features are added to Google Maps.

  • Eco-friendly routes will help you find roads that lead to less fuel consumption.
  • The Safer route will help you find the safest way to reach your destination. With AI technology, it will trace out traffic, weather, and other safety factors.
  • Live-view will provide augmented reality-based navigation. It is dynamic and easy to access.
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