Fuchsia remains a mystery despite mention at Fireside Chat

In the week prior to Google I/O 2017, new images and information leaked out about a new, third operating system and accompanying user interface that Google appears to have in the works somewhere deep in the inner workings of the company. The operating system is called Fuchsia and the leak triggered lots of social media chatter – enough that it came up on Google’s radar as a topic for a Fireside Chat session at Google I/O. Dave Burke with Google was given the task of responding and managed to do so without really giving a response.

Mophie just announced a Juice Pack for the Google Pixel (XL)

Google announced one phone late last year, the Pixel, with two variants, and the differences between them seem minor on paper but are actually important when choosing one. If you go with the 5.5-inch variant over the 5-inch variant, you’re getting a bigger display as well as a bigger battery. Longevity is the key difference, obviously. Spend $120 more and you get better battery life from a 3450mAh unit.

Now you can improve the Pixel (XL)’s already-great battery life by picking up Mophie’s Juice Pack.

G Suite gets more customization tools including new App Maker

As Google I/O 2017 starts to wind down and fans plot their new developments or their next big purchase based on Google tech, the enterprise market got some welcome news about some tools Google will roll out for G Suite. G Suite is Google’s platform mainly intended for the enterprise that gives companies access to their own cloud version of many of Google’s consumer tools. G Suite makes apps like Gmail, Drive and others available to an enterprise as their own private version of the tools. The new tools and features Google is rolling out will help enterprises leverage G Suite to be much more useful and productive and continues their efforts to match some other offerings in the enterprise market.

Google hoping new features from Google Payment API make purchases even easier

Despite what seems like a lot of upstream swimming over the last few years, Google has managed to turn Android Pay into one of the more popular and used mobile payment options available for users. In addition to continuing to add more cards and banks to the program, Google is also hoping to expand usage by making it easier to deploy in more situations. To that end, at Google I/O the company announced a new Google Payment API that will streamline checkout for customers and give retailers and sellers a new path to collect payments.

Google Play Protect is the new public-facing security package for Android

Security on Android is no longer the exaggerated problem it once was. The phones, tablets, smartwatches, and streaming devices powered by the platform are all safe and secure. We’ve known that for years to be honest. This week, however, Google made an effort to bring its care for security to the forefront. Google Play Protect is a “comprehensive security services” package for Android devices that’ll monitor behavior and protect your data.

Google announces new standalone VR headsets, WorldSense platform

As had been rumored, at Google I/O‘s keynote address today the company announced a major step forward in their offering in the virtual reality headset market with the upcoming release of a standalone VR headset. The new units are expected to be ready for retail purchasers before the end of the year with units from HTC and Lenovo in the pipeline. In addition to the support from hardware manufacturers, Google has developed a new system called WorldSense to provide positional tracking for the units.

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.