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10 Influential Announcements From Google I/O 2015

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10 Influential Announcements From Google I/O 2015

The 2015 Google I/O, Google’s 2-day developer conference, featured several significant announcements that will impact users in some pretty exciting ways. Here are ten of the most influential announcements that were made.

1. Android M

Android M is the forthcoming update to Android’s operating system, and with it comes improvements on permissions, battery usage, and fingerprint recognition. The updated operating system features a new opt-in permissions system, allowing users to set app permissions on an individual basis. A new feature called Doze increases battery time by shutting down background processes when the device isn’t being physically handled. Improved fingerprint recognition means that users can use fingerprints to authenticate purchases made in the Play Store or with Google’s new Android Pay, as well as providing authentication in other applications.

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2. Android Pay

Although Apple Pay has been out for several months, Google announced its own mobile payment service that will replace Google Wallet. Google announced that Android Pay is already accepted by 700,000 merchants. Android Pay will allow users to make purchases in-app as well as at physical stores.

3. Google Photos

Users can now store photos and videos in Google’s new Photos storage and sharing service. Photos and videos are stored in the cloud and accessible from any device. Google Photos features unlimited storage and some impressive organization and search features that eliminate the need for tags. Users can make videos and collages within the app.

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4. Jump

Partnering with GoPro, Google’s goal with Jump is to create a system by which users can create their own virtual reality content. Google itself is developing a 360-degree camera rig with GoPro, but Google’s goal is that users will be able to use any combination of cameras to create VR content. Jump serves to expand upon Google’s Cardboard VR platform

5. Inbox

Developed by the team behind Gmail, Inbox is designed to make email organization work more efficiently for its users. Features such as Undo Send and Reminder suggestions based on email content will undoubtedly save time and make users lives a little easier. A new feature that Google announced for Inbox is Trip Bundles, which collects all emails related to a trip into one easy-to-access location.

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6. Polymer 1.0

Polymer 1.0 is a new Web App toolkit made available to developers, which allows them to create impressive “app-like experiences” on the web. The toolkit gives developers the tools they need to create web applications faster and supports both desktop and mobile browsers.

7. The Family Store

Google introduced a new section of the Play Store designed specifically for children and parents. The Family Store isolates apps for children 6-8 and 9-12. In addition to the many apps that have already been available for children on the app store, The Family Store will feature many new apps that are designed for children for families to choose from.

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8. Google Maps Offline

Google announce offline accessibility of apps like Maps and YouTube. With Maps, users will no longer run the risk of having a drop in connectivity cause the disappearance of the directions they’ve pulled up. Making apps available offline is Google’s strategy for making app accessibility available in countries where the internet isn’t always readily available.

9. Android Wear

Google makes usability of their Android Wear more prominent by introducing features such as “Always On,” which allows users to select an app still stay open on the screen so that users can get information at a glance. Google also introduced gestures, such as flicking of the wrist, that aids in hands-free navigation.

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10. Project Brillo

Brillo is Google’s new operating system designed specifically for the Internet of Things and will run on connected devices that have low memory and small processors. Google also announced a common language by which these connected devices will communicate with one another called Weave. Brillo will allow Google to get Android onto many more devices.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

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Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

Does technology have all the answers?

This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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