Google I/O 2018

Google’s YouTube is the first streaming app that will actually tell users to stop watching. At its Google I/O conference this week, the company introduced a series of new controls…

YouTube rolls out new tools to help you stop watching

Google Pay got a big upgrade at Google I/O this week. At a breakout session, Google announced a series of changes to its payments platform, recently rebranded from Android Pay,…

Google Pay’s app adds boarding passes, tickets, p2p payments and more

Listen, it’s late on day two of Google I/O and we’re all getting a bit punchy here. During a late-afternoon panel on design and Assistant, Google Principal Designer Ryan Germick…

Google used improv rules to deal with a farting Assistant

Over the course of the last few days, Google teased a few updates to Android Auto, its platform for bringing its mobile operating system to the car. At its I/O…

Google previews what’s next for Android Auto

Google today launched a new tool for teachers and their students called Tour Creator, which allows anyone to create their own VR tour using imagery from Google’s Street View or…

Google’s new Tour Creator lets students make their own VR tours
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A Google I/O conversation

6:30 pm PDT • May 8, 2018

Hey Google, what happened at Google I/O today? Artificial intelligence. Okay, that’s non-specific. I heard Android P was released today. What’s new? Artificial intelligence. Hmm. Has Google added any features…

A Google I/O conversation

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the Day 1 keynote. There will be…

8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

App revenue continues to climb year-over-year, a large part which can be contributed to the growth of subscription services. Now, Google is looking to make subscribing to apps easier for…

Google today announced a new version of Google Maps that will launch later this summer. All of the core Google Maps features for getting directions aren’t going away, of course,…

Google Maps goes beyond directions

With so much focus on consumer-facing updates, it can be easy to forget that the rest of I/O is all about developers. So, when the company announces a rare piece…

Google’s new Android TV dongle is for developers only

Google managed to elicit an audible gasp from the crowd at I/O today when it showed off a new augmented feature for Maps. It was a clear standout during a…

Maps walking navigation is Google’s most compelling use for AR yet

Routines are probably one of the best features the Google Assistant team has rolled out in recent months. Just say “Hey Google, good night” and the Assistant will shut down…

Google Assistant is getting support for custom and scheduled routines

Multiplayer has been one of the huge limitations of early smartphone AR platforms; it’s a tough thing to tackle and relies on a lot of computer vision smarts to match…

Google wants to bring multiplayer AR to iOS and Android with its new Cloud Anchors tool

Google Assistant is catching up with — and in some cases, passing — Alexa on a variety of fronts, with a wealth of new features announced today at Google’s I/O…

Google Assistant adds digital subscriptions and more ways to engage with Actions

Google today said it is rolling out Lighthouse 3.0, an update to its tools that help developers optimize their websites and audit their performance. The new update is centered around…

Google announces an update to its website optimization tool Lighthouse

Since 2014, Material Design has been Google’s design language for its apps. Now, the company is greatly expanding its services around its design system by offering a set of new…

Google makes its Material Design system easier to customize

Instant Apps for Android have been one of Google’s most interesting technologies for mobile developers. In their earliest incarnation, Instant Apps were mostly useful for developers of relatively straightforward apps. Earlier…

Google opens Instant Apps to all game developers

For the longest time, developers have taken Chrome OS machines and run tools like Crouton to turn them into Linux-based developer machines. That was a bit of a hassle, but…

You can now run Linux apps on Chrome OS

Google today announced Android App Bundles, a new tool for developers that will make apps radically smaller. The trick here is that developers can now say which of their apps’…

Google’s new Android App Bundles promise to make apps radically smaller

Android’s development studio is getting a new update as Google rolls out Android Studio 3.2 Canary, adding new tools for visual navigation editing and Jetpack. The new release includes build…

Google’s Android development studio gets a new update with visual navigation editing

Android gets a Jetpack

1:00 pm PDT • May 8, 2018

At its I/O developer conference, Google today announced Jetpack, a major update to how developers write applications for Android. Jetpack represents the next generation of the Android Support Library, which virtually…

Android gets a Jetpack

Google today showed off new ways it’s combining the smartphone camera’s ability to see the world around you, and the power of A.I. technology. The company, at its Google I/O…

Google makes the camera smarter with a Google Lens update, integration with Street View

Google I/O is nowhere near done. While the mainstream keynote just ended, the company is about to unveil the next big things when it comes to APIs, SDKs, frameworks and…

Watch Google I/O developer keynote live right here

Google will soon launch a new version of Google Maps that will give you more personalized recommendations than before. Google has long worked to make Maps seem more personalized, but…

Google Maps will soon give you better recommendations

Along with the A.I.-powered changes coming to the Google Photos app, Google today also announced a new way for developers to work with Google Photos’ service. The company is launching…

Google launches a Partner Program and developer API for Google Photos

Google unveiled some of the new features in the next version of Android at its developer conference. One feature looked particularly familiar. Android P will get new navigation gestures to…

Android blatantly copies the iPhone X navigation gestures

There was plenty of talk about Android P at today’s big I/O kickoff — but when can you actually download the thing? Right now, as a matter of fact, if…

Android P Beta is available today

As had been previously rumored, Google introduced a revamped version of Google News at its I/O developer conference today. The A.I.-powered, redesigned news destination combines elements found in Google’s digital…

Google News gets an AI-powered redesign

Google today announced at its I/O developer conference a new suite tools for its new Android P operating system that will help users better manage their screen time, including a…

Google rolls out app time management controls

At its I/O developer conference, Google today introduced ML Kit, a new software development kit (SDK) for app developers on iOS and Android that allows them to integrate into their…

Google’s ML Kit makes it easy to add AI smarts to iOS and Android apps