Google began its annual I/O developer conference by announcing its new software Android P and other new products including an overhauled News app and a new Google Assistant. Google also announced they are rebranding their research division to Google AI. Google’s updates also include improvements to smartphone cameras, photos, and Smart Displays.
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced Thursday, that he will step down from his high position to become a technical adviser. Schmidt, who previously served as Google’s CEO, will remain a member of the company’s board. The shift underlines the leadership of a new generation at Alphabet.
Opening statements in the Waymo-Uber trial were delivered, Monday, with Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, claiming Uber stole technology from them, including 14,000 ‘highly confidential’ files. Uber says the claims are ‘baseless.’ The trial is expected to last at least three weeks and influence who controls the future of transportation.
Google has been fined 2.42 euros by the European Commission, the largest penalty so far by the regulator for such a case, for distorting the search results for shopping searches by promoting its own shopping comparisons at the top of search results. Google has 90 days to respond to the charge or face further penalties.
Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, was held on Wednesday. Here are some highlights:
Gmail: automatic suggestions to phrase your replies based on its interpretation of your conversation.
Photos: will help you decide which of your photos is best for sharing and use facial recognition to figure who should get those photos.
Google Lens: will analyze your photos and remove obstructions, such as a chain link fence, that may obscure your shot.
Google Assistant: will be more proactive, reminding you to leave earlier is traffic is bad, rather than waiting for you to ask about it.
Chief executive Sundar Pichai said that improving artificial intelligence is Google’s top strategy in its continuing goal to organize the world’s information.
Waymo, Google’s autonomous driving spinoff, is going head to head against Uber. Waymo claims Uber is using stolen trade secrets to develop autonomous vehicles. Waymo claims the thief is the ex-Google employee, Anthony Levandowski. They have accused him of stealing 14,000 illegally downloaded documents from Google and using it on his project. Uber is also dealing with a criminal investigation as they were caught using the software “Greyball” which helped Uber evade detection in locations they were not supposed to be active.