Google I/O is typically a developer's conference, but that doesn't mean there isn't news for us regular folks. From a smarter Google Assistant that now works with the iPhone to a chattier Google Home and the promise of standalone virtual reality headsets, this year's I/O conference had something for everyone. In case you missed the week's many keynotes, here are the highlights from Google I/O 2017.
Google's take on Samsung's Bixby Vision, Google Lens partners your smartphone camera with Google Assistant to identify and interact with objects in a meaningful way. Simply point the camera at a flower to learn its name or scan a restaurant to pull up reviews and other pertinent information. It can even get your phone on the nearby Wi-Fi; just snap a picture of the login and password, and you'll be on the network.
The smart AI is getting even smarter. The latest iteration will focus on being more conversational. If you don't want to look like a tool talking to your phone, you can just type your inquiry. Using Google Lens, you can translate foreign languages by snapping a photo. Point it at music marquee and it pulls up options to get tickets or play tracks by the artist. iPhone users can also get in on the fun, since the AI is making the jump to iOS.
Tired of entering your credit card information for every purchase? Google's new Transaction feature will pull that information along with your address when placing an order. During a demo, we watched a rep make a voice-controlled order over Google Home to Panera Bread. With a quick fingerprint scan, Google pulled the payment information and paid for the food with no fuss.
Google Home is about to get way more useful. Google's adding support for proactive assistance, which will notify you of pertinent info by checking your schedules. Thanks to Hands-free calling, Google Assistant can make a call to any landline in the US or Canada.
As far as entertainment, Spotify's adding its free music service to Google Home. It's also getting support for Soundcloud and Deezer. The smart home device is also getting Bluetooth support, so you can link it to a phone or smart TV.
Speaking of TV, you can now launch HBO Now, Hulu, CW, Food Network, Cooking Channel with your voice. You can also pull up your schedule or directions on the big screen thanks to the Visual Responses feature with is also coming to Chromecast.
Now you can stop being a terrible person and start sharing your awesome group photos with suggested sharing. The new feature sends a suggestion to share the photos by scanning who's in the photo. It will send an SMS or email for people that don't have the app so they can get the full resolution photos. The app will also ask friends for pictures of you.
Android O will automatically share your photo library with chosen people (close friends or family). You can choose to share a subset or all the photos. The person who receives the photos can save their chosen photos to their phones. Instead of checking for new shared photos notifications, Photos of the chosen subset will automatically save.
Curating images, sending them to a print company -- printing photos can be a bit of a hassle. Using Photos, you can select a bunch of photos and Google will pick the best pics and lay them out. From there, all you have to do is pick whether you want a hard or soft cover book and pay (starting at $9.99). In a few days, you'll have a physical copy of your precious moments.