Google I/O 2018

Like Microsoft BUILD and Apple’s WWDC — is Google’s premiere event for developers. Between May 8 and 10, thousands descended on the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, where Google held keynotes and developer sessions to talk about new technological advances, and its plans for 2018. We learned what Google has cooking for projects like Android P, Google Assistant, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, Wear OS, and more. Here’s our complete coverage.

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Home Theater

JBL’s Link Bar lets Google Assistant find and play whatever you want to watch

The JBL Link Bar is a soundbar that features built-in Google Assistant support as well as Android TV functionality, meaning it might be the only thing you need to plug into your TV.
Mobile

Google is updating Android Go with Android 9 Pie Go Edition

Android Go is a lightweight version of Android that promises to improve the user experience on devices with low-end processors or 1GB of RAM or less. Here's everything you need to know about Android Go.
Mobile

Grab your fork and dig in: Android 9.0 Pie is now being served

It's time to dig in, as the new version of Android is here: Android 9.0 Pie. Is it worth getting excited about? You bet! Here are all the new features you'll want to try out in Android 9.0 Pie.
Photography

Google enables virtual tour creation via Street View or a smartphone

Google wants anyone to be able to create a virtual tour -- Google Tour Creator is an online program for creating virtual tours with multiple points of interest. The program is designed to make advanced tours easy to create.
Mobile

Android 9.0 Pie is fresh out of the oven: Here's how to get a slice

The Android 9.0 Pie update is now available for those who have compatible phones, and want to take the latest cutting-edge features for a spin. Here's how to get your hands on Google's newest dessert-themed OS.
Smart Home

Google Assistant-enabled smart displays to start shipping this week

Look out, Amazon Echo Show: Your days of domineering the smart display market may be coming to an end. The Lenovo Smart Display is available this week, and two other devices from LG and JBL are on their way.
Smart Home

What is Google Duplex?

What exactly is Google Duplex? Creepy or not, it's coming soon. This guide explains the technology, how it works, the potential applications and concerns, and what it can do for you.
Smart Home

Google Home expands to 11 countries, including Spain, Ireland, and Austria

Google is slated to double the number of national markets in which the Google Home and Google Home Mini can be found this year. The Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers are now available in 11 countries around the world.
Mobile

Google Assistant will reportedly soon be able to obey three commands at once

Google is launching a number of awesome new updates to Google Assistant that could help make it the most natural digital helper so far. Most recently, Google Home will soon gain the ability to obey three commands at once.
Mobile

The latest Google Maps update lets you follow a car instead of an arrow

At Google I/O, the company gave us a sneak peek at what's yet to come from Google Maps. No matter how nonexistent your sense of direction might be, Google can help with its new visual positioning system.
Smart Home

Google Duplex will disclose that people may be recorded during conversations

Google Duplex is a new technology that uses Google Assistant to make phone calls and book appointments. Instead of sounding robotic, the voice sounds like it might be coming for an actual, human assistant.
Smart Home

Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa: How do they compare?

Google announced several updates to the Google Assistant that will make Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max owners happy. But how do the improvements to the voice assistant stack up against Amazon Alexa's capabilities? Let's take a look.
Photography

Google rolling out A.I.-enhanced features to Google Photos app

At Google I/O, Google announced new A.I.-based features that will be rolling out across its products and services, including Google Photos. The new “suggested actions" will help speed up the editing and sharing process.
Computing

Microsoft Build and Google I/O are over. Which came out on top?

Google and Microsoft both leveraged AI in their I/O and Build to demo digital assistants, accessibility and healthcare, and the Internet of Things. Google's more impressive Duplex technology may score it an early win.
Mobile

The Google News App fuels your interests, provides a balanced perspective

At Google I/O 2018, the company introduced its all-new Google News app. Using artificial intelligence, the app provides readers with well-balanced content while still allowing for plenty of customization -- all within a clean, uncluttered…
Mobile

A.I. and Google News: The push to broaden perspectives

Google has redesigned its Google News app, not just to refresh the design, but to also look for a way to broaden perspectives in an increasingly polarized world. Google is still betting big on artificial intelligence to help.
Cars

Behind the wheel with Volvo’s Android infotainment system

Volvo is injecting Android into its upcoming cars. You don't need a phone to power it like Android Auto or Apple's CarPlay, but you can still get the same great apps, music services, and even the Google Assistant to control your car.
Smart Home

You may be able to step foot into this massive Google Home Max

At Google I/O 2018, we stepped inside a larger than life-size Google Home Max to experience a wave of sound and immersive visuals. This structure showcases the audio capabilities of the Google Home Max smart speaker.