Smart Reply being added to Gmail on Android and iOS

One of the themes, if there is one, that seems to be emerging from Google I/O 2017 is the expansion of existing Google technologies to a wider array of platforms. An example of that was the announcement today that the Smart Reply function that Google developed for their Inbox and Allo apps will be added to and supported in Gmail on both the Android and iOS operating systems.

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, new LG phone to get Daydream support

Along with the announcement of a modified version of Daydream, called WorldSense, coming to a new standalone VR headset, Google also announced the expansion of the existing Daydream platform to some new flagship devices during Google I/O today. The devices slated to get support for Daydream include Samsung’s latest flagship offerings, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, as well as an unnamed LG smartphone. With the addition of the new devices, Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform will be supported on at least 11 different devices.

Actions on Google expanding beyond Google Home to Android and iOS

During the keynote address at Google I/O 2017 today, Google announced a major expansion of Actions on Google. The big, most immediate news related to the framework used to build voice activated apps is that support is being enabled through the Google Assistant on Android and iOS devices. Eventually the ability to use Actions on Google will expand to any and all platforms that the Google Assistant is able to operate on. Along with the expansion of availability, Google also announced Actions on Google will be able to support financial transactions.

Audi, Volvo to add Android Auto to new models

There are many paths to using Android Auto in a vehicle including aftermarket systems that support the framework natively, using a cable to plug your smartphone in and run Android Auto through a vehicle’s system, or running the Android Auto app on your smartphone. Probably the best option though is having access to Android Auto through a vehicle’s built-in system. The latest manufacturers to announce support for Android Auto in their systems straight from the factory include Audi and Volvo.

Snapchat CEO sees Facebook copying as sign of success

Snap, the company that produces the popular Snapchat social media platform, is riding a rollercoaster of ups and downs. After rising quickly thanks to popularity with younger generations, Snap has recently been struggling a bit. Many point to one change as bringing about this struggle and that change is Facebook. Ever since Facebook started copying some of Snapchat’s features, the latter has been struggling to maintain the momentum it has been carrying. During a Q1 earnings all, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel took on the question of whether he was scared of Facebook.

Google blazes new path for Street View ready imagery with new cameras in 2017

Google announced today another step in their efforts to crowd source the images and street views available on their platforms. This latest move from Google promises to reduce the “significant time and effort” it was taking for users to prepare and upload their interactive photography. Google is doing this by introducing a new certification for 360-degree cameras and creating a new framework to guide the work flows needed to get images ready for publication.