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Google is always at the forefront of technology, and Google I/O is the place where they announce their newest, coolest products.

And the company didn’t disappoint this week.

The theme of this year’s Google I/O event was the ability to interact with its technology in more conversational and natural ways, and the products that Google announced takes us many steps closer to that reality.

Let’s see the five coolest, most impactful product announcements of the conference.

Google Home

Google was not to be outdone by Amazon, who has created a hit with its artificial intelligence-based (AI) home speaker Amazon Echo.

The company launched Google Home, a small speaker that will listen to your voice requests to play music, control smart home devices, search for answers, and much more.

Google Home incorporates Google Assistant, an improved personal AI system that is leveraged in many Google products.

Google Home will be available in the fall.

Read more at The Verge.

Google Home

Android N

While this wasn’t the sexiest announcement, the improvements made to Android N certainly has the broadest reach, with over 80% of the world’s smartphone owners using the Android platform.

Google showed off more of its newest operating system, which includes split-screen multitasking, security enhancements, improved speed and performance, and most importantly, a new set of emoji.

Google hasn’t confirmed an official name for Android N, and is crowdsourcing the name in a contest.

Read more about Android N at Android Central.

Daydream Virtual Reality Platform

Google has just created a new virtual reality platform called Daydream and is baking it right into Android N. So everyone with an Android phone can eventually have access to VR, which is pretty amazing.

Google’s first foray into VR was with Cardboard, but now Daydream will be the company’s focus in virtual reality.

Along with creating its own headset, Google is working with partners like Samsung, Alcatel, HTC, and LG to create additional hardware.

And companies like Netflix, Hulu, Electronics Arts, and more already have apps available for the platform.

Read more about Daydream at Wired.

Allo, the AI-powered messaging app

 

Google Allo

Google is taking a shot at WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger with Allo, its new messaging app.

The big difference is that Allo is powered by Google Assistant, the aforementioned AI platform that also helps power Google Home.

Assistant will be able to automatically pull up information based on the context of your conversation. For instance, if you’re talking to your friend on Allo about grabbing dinner, Assistant might suggest restaurants for you. Pretty sweet.

You’ll also be able to message a chatbot to search for other information you seek.

Read more about Allo on Engadget.

Instant Apps

Though its part of the improvements to Android N, Instant Apps deserves a section of its own.

While apps are amazing pieces of technology, a major problem with them is that, unlike the web, they sit in their own silo and are difficult to access from one another. That causes problems with app interaction and discoverability.

Google aims to solve that problem with Instant Apps, which allows users to tap on a link to access apps without having to download them.

This is a HUGE development that will change how we use Android apps for the better.

Read more on the Android Developers Blog.

Conclusion

As you can see, Google announced a bunch of really interesting technologies this week that will allow us to converse more easily with our gadgets, be more efficient in our communications, and more easily discover information.

While these products are in the early stages, the launch of Google Home, Android N, Daydream, Allo, and Instant Apps are big bets that can help change the way we work and live.

What do you think about these product launches? Will they work out and have a huge impact on our lives? Please let us know what you think in the comments.

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