The most important announcements from Google I/O 2017!

By | 17th May 2017

What are the biggest announcements from Google I/O 2017?

For Android people, Google I/O is both frenetic excitement — all the announcements! — and a huge party. But main takeaways are the products and services that will affect the way developers and consumers interact with Google products every day.

Here are all the major announcements from Google I/O 2017!

Note: This page will be continuously updated throughout Google I/O, so check back often for updates!

Android O beta is live

Check it out! An official announcement is expected later in the keynote.

Android passes 2 billion active devices

The enormous growth of Android continues, with the OS passing the 2 billion active device milestone. "It's a privilege to serve users at this scale," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said during the opening minutes of the keynote.

In other milestones, Google revealed that Drive has 800 million users, and Photos has 500 million, with some 1.2 billion photos being uploaded per day

Google Lens announced

Google Lens is a set of vision based computing capabilities that can identify things in the real world using Google's AI and knowledge graph. Lens is effectively Google Goggles on steroids, and it'll be shipping first in Google Assistant and Photos, before arriving in other products.

Sundar Pichai gave a few examples of Lens's capabilities, including identifying specific flowers, finding camera at Wifi username and password by scanning a sticker, and identifying a restaurant in the real world. and TPU Cloud is the company's new AI platform for developers, allowing them to build machine learning applications in the cloud. uses neural nets to design neural nets as part of a reinforcement learning approach, and Google is already using it in healthcare and pathology.

Google Assistant

Google revealed that 100 million devices now have access to Google Assistant. And Assistant is about to get a whole lot smarter thanks to the capabilities of Google Lens, Assistant will be able to have a conversation with your about what's on your screen. In addition to all that, Google announced that you'll finally be able to directly type to Assistant.

What's more, Google Assistant will finally be coming to iPhone, as widely rumored in recent weeks.

The new Google Assistant SDK allows manufacturers to build Google Assistant into whatever device they want — from cars, TVs, drinks mixers to toys to home appliances, opening up the platform to significant new markets.

And new languages are coming too — French, German, Brazilian Portuguese and Japanese this summer, and Italian, Spanish and Korean by the end of the year.

Actions on Google

Actions on Google will be getting payment support, allowing food orders directly through voice in Google Assistant. The on-stage demo showed ordering from Panera, with alterations to order, pulling address and payment from existing data in the Google account.

Google Home

This summer, Google Home will be launching in Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan. Proactive assistance will be coming to Google Home — for example, Google Home might light up, prompting you to ask Google what's up, to notify you you'll need to leave earlier to reach your next appointment.

Handsfree calling will be coming to Google Home, with free calls to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. And thanks to multi-user support, asking Home to "call mom" will call the right person depending on who's asking.

On the entertainment front, new partners including HBO Now were announced, and users on Spotify's free service will be able to use Google's smart speaker in addition to the premium subscribers.

Bluetooth support will be coming to Google Home too, effectively turning it into Bluetooth speaker for iOS and other devices.

And Chromecast will be updated to show visual responses on your TV when you ask for help from Google Home — for example "show me my calendar" might bring up the result on your TV. Through Google Assistant, all the actions supported on other platforms will eventually be available on your TV.

Google Photos

Google Photos is getting new features to make sharing easier. Suggested Sharing can help you find the best pictures of your friends, and share them, using machine learning to recognize people in photos, and offers to share with that person, based on your own sharing patterns.

The new Shared Libraries feature can help to automate sharing of pictures of specific people, things or places. Shared Libraries can notify recipients of new photos, and automatically save photos to personal library — no more worrying about whose phone has which photos. Suggested Sharing and Libraries will be rolling out on iOS, Android and the web in the coming weeks.

Google Photo Books lets you print photos from your library, automatically selecting the best pics from a selection of your choice, based on search. Photo Books are available in the US now: Softcover books will cost for $9.99, with hardcover coming in at $19.99.

Google Lens support will be coming to Google photos too, using the power of Google's knowledge graph to help you learn more about what's in your photos.


Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube told keynote attendees that viewers watched 1 billion hours of content on the video platform in 2016.

360-degree video is coming to YouTube's TV app, including live 360 video. Using the TV remote, you can pan around the video.

More to come!

There's lots more to come at Google I/O, so stay tuned!