Google IO 2017 Coverage

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.

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.

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.