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Android O

Summary
  • New metrics: There are now over 2 billion monthly active devices. 
  • We announced the key themes of Android O: Fluid Experiences and Vitals
    • Fluid Experiences: Picture-in-picture, Notification Dots, Autofill with Google, Smart Text Selection / TensorFlow Lite
    • Vitals: Google Play Protect, OS Optimizations, Play Console Dashboards, Android Studio Profilers 
  • We are making Kotlin an officially supported language in Android
  • And there’s more: Project Treble (announced last week), downloadable fonts with new emoji, redesigned settings, and more
  • First beta release of O is available starting today. 
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Android Go

Summary
  • We gave an early preview of a new initiative for entry-level Android devices—internally we call it “Android Go.” 
  • The goal is to get computing into the hands of more people by creating a great smartphone experience on all Android devices with 1GB or less of memory. 
  • Android Go is designed with features relevant for people who have limited data connectivity and speak multiple languages.
  • The initiative has three key areas: 
    • Android OS: We’re optimizing the latest release of Android to run smoothly on entry level devices, starting with Android O.
    • Google Apps: We’re designing Google apps—like YouTube Go, Chrome and Gboard—to use less memory, storage space and mobile data. 
    • Play Store: There will be a version of the Play Store that contains the whole app catalog, but highlights the apps developers have designed for these next billion users.
  • Android Go will ship, as a single experience, starting in 2018.

Android TV

Summary
  • New metrics: We’ve partnered with cable operators and hardware manufacturers in more than 70 countries around the world. Thanks to these new partners, we’re now seeing 1 million new device activations every two months, which has let us double the number of users since last year. 
  • Android O update: The new Android TV home screen will be a content-first guide experience. With Android O, users will be able to turn on their devices and find engaging content from multiple apps right from the home screen.
  • YouTube 360: The new YouTube app for Android TV brings YouTube 360 to big screens for the first time. With 360-degree videos, you can explore new places, get entirely new perspectives, and be immersed in the videos that you love on the biggest screen in your home
  • To learn more, come check out the demo booth located in the IoT dome. 
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Play Protect

Summary
  • Android users want to be confident that their devices are safe and secure, which is why we are doubling down on our commitment to security.  
  • Today we introduced Google Play Protect—Google’s comprehensive security services for Android, providing powerful new protections and greater visibility into your device security. 
  • Play Protect is built into every device with Google Play, is always updating, and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don’t have to lift a finger.
  • With more than 50 billion apps scanned every day, our machine learning systems are always on the lookout for new risks, identifying potentially harmful apps and keeping them off your device or removing them. 
  • We’re also launching Find My Device as part of Google Play Protect, allowing you to locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches
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Android Auto

Summary
  • New metrics: We’ve seen a 10x user growth since last year, and we now support more than 300 compatible car models.
  • New integration: On Monday, we announced that Volvo and Audi will build Android into their next generation of cars. Their built-in infotainment systems would allow drivers to control air conditioning, sunroof and windows, navigate with Google Maps, listen to music, or just ask the Google Assistant for help—even without pairing a phone. 
  • To learn more, come check out the live demo (details below) or the breakout session on Day 1 at 2pm - 3pm, Stage 1
  • Cars available for demo: 
    • Volvo’s car (V90) is located in the IoT dome
    • Audi’s car (Q8) is located in the Android dome
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