Google I/O Announcements

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・1 min read

Google has made a few announcements at Google I/O

Google's Chrome OS gets new app muscle with built-in Linux

And some new updates to AMP. I haven't followed it all super closely. Anyone who feels like unpacking any of this and providing opinions is super welcome to!


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Jess Lee (she/her)

While it's fresh in my mind, the longest comment I've ever written on my phone πŸ˜…

  • They're really proud of PWA conversion numbers. XYZ company increased sales by 20% and time spent on site increased by 50%. I'm interested in how the relationship between web and native will continue to evolve with one another.

  • Some neat AR things: multi player capabilities and augmented images within the experience. The cute fox guide to tell you which direction to go with Google lens is also neat and useful.

  • I see material theming being exciting for companies that really care about their brand.

  • They're really encouraging building for the Google Assistant. The Slices API gives companies a lot more reason to build for it.

  • Lighthouse 3.0 should be more accurate and offer better actions. Do any of you use lighthouse as part of your CI?

  • I want to move to Arizona to be a waymo tester!

  • Async-first debugging and Eager evaluation in chrome dev tools seem really useful. I'm looking forward to the dev tools talk tomorrow.

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Am I the only one who thinks "time spent on site" is a bad metric? I want my users to be done and gone in a flash. If you have to flail about to get work done then I've failed.

Obviously it's different for social sites, but is that even a particularly large slice of websites?

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Ben Halpern Author

I agree. Hopefully it can be contextualized alongside something qualitative.

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Dave Jacoby

For my lab, the end product is a huge file of genomic data, for which people spend up to thousands of dollars of grant money, so people come here, do their work and leave.

For a newspaper site, for example, the goal is to get people reading, which exposes them to ads, which pay the bills. Here, "time spent on site" is exactly the metric at play.

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Jose Tomas Gonzalez

I haven't informed about the metric technicalities but.. if you keep a low "time spent on site" metric then it should be helpful or not?

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W. Brian Gourlie

Any mentions of flutter? It seems like a really promising alternative to react native. I also happen to have a soft spot for dart :)

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David Pellegrini

There are a bunch of sessions on combining Flutter with Marterial Components or Firebase

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Stefan Dorresteijn

Google Assistant being able to make phone calls is pretty huge.


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that's unreal, the conversations seem totally natural!

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Stefan Dorresteijn

I also genuinely love the "pretty please" feature on the Google Assistant. Might be small but I think it's good to teach kids to say please so they don't transfer bad habits from tech to people.

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Frederik πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»βž‘οΈπŸŒ Creemers

Being visually impaired, the self-driving car discussion got me really excited for the future. Also, the digital wellbeing features in Android look amazing. Now I want IOS to gray out app icons when I use them too much as well.

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Ben Halpern Author

Also, the digital wellbeing features in Android look amazing.

I agree. Definitely something the world needs to be thinking about a lot.

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Omkar Ajnadkar

My Notes from Google I/O Keynote 2018

(made while watching..may have some mistakes)


  • Retina's photo gives more info about the user(today)
  • Predict if the user will fall ill


  • Morse code on G-board(today)
  • Smart lines in G-mail directly with Tabs(This month)
  • Google photos - Smart notifications for change in photos, share, document photos to pdf, black to color

Google Assistance - 5 new voices(This year)

  • Continued conversation
  • Multiple Actions
  • Pretty Please
  • Visual experience
  • Talking on the phone directly(google duplex)


  • Android dashboard
  • Google News(today)
  • Subscribe with Google
  • Android P
  • Adaptive Battery
  • Adaptive Brightness
  • App actions
  • Slices
  • New volume control
  • New navigation bar
  • New overview
  • Rotation button
  • App Timer
  • Shush - No visual distraction
  • Wind down - convert screen to grayscale
  • Android P Beta(to 7 manu)


  • Personal scores
  • For you tab
  • Share a list of places
  • Vote in a real-time
  • Real-time camera in map
  • VPS(Visual Positioning System)
  • Google LEns in camera app
  • Lens
  • Directly copy and paste
  • Style Match


  • ML Kit
  • TensorFlow Lite
  • Linux on Chromebooks
  • Modified Android Dev
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A lot of AI: techcrunch.com/2018/05/08/a-google...

The new Google AI: ai.google/

Did I mention basically every new feature or product has AI at the center?

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Jess Lee (she/her)

Priority hints! New experimental feature on chrome!

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Also, fixing severe bugs that plagued the platform for years!