Google I/O 2015: Google Photos

When: Thu-Fri, 28-29 March 2015
Where: Moscone Centre West, San Francisco, United States
Admission: USD 900
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[This is a post event report.] Google I/O is an annual software developer-focused conference held by Google. Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, APIs, Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more. Though primarily a developer's conference, the consumer highlight for 2015 is Google's new photo app Google Photos, featuring:
  • Image Analysis - Automatically categorizes photos by persons, places, items etc.
  • Visual Search - Eg. Show me all photos of me with my pet cat, Kuching Happy.
  • Free Cloud Storage - of up to 15GB, and max 16MP photos and 1080p videos.
Get Google Photos here:
  • Link Android: Google Play
  • Link iOS: iTunes
  • Link: Web: Google Photos
For the web version, you might be surprised what photos Google has already uploaded for you if you use an Android device. Other highlights of Google I/O 2015 are:
  • Permissions - If an app wants to, say retrieve your identity or listen to your calls, Android will prompt you immediately. Presently, you would just click through a whole slate of permissions once during installation.
  • Android Pay - Challenger to Apple Pay, successor to Google Wallet.
  • Chrome Tab - When you click on an article in Facebook, Chrome will load faster.
  • Google on Tap - Contextutally intelligent, supercharged version of Clippy.
  • 360° Video - Rig up 16 GoPro cameras and Google will stitch the VR for you.
  • Smart Clothes - Touch sensitive fabrics: control your devices using your clothes
  • Modular Phone - Don't junk your phone, just upgrade that puny 1GB of RAM.
  • Password Less - Authenticate using your behaviour, not your password.
  • Micro Computer - The size of a SD card.
  • Touchless - No mouse, stylus, touchscreen - just radar.