Developer News from Google I/O

Thursday May 18th 2017 by Developer.com Staff
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Artificial intelligence, mobile development, virtual reality and cloud computing were hot topics at the event.

During the first day of the Google I/O developer conference, the company made numerous announcements of interest to developers. On the mobile development front, Google announced that Android will now support the Kotlin programming language as well as Java. This is a big change for the platform, which has supported only Java in the past. In addition, the company is launching Android Go, a new variant of its mobile operating system targeted for low-cost devices. It also unveiled a second developer preview of Android O, the next version of Android.

Artificial intelligence (AI) was another big theme of the day, and Google announced TPUs, chips designed to enhance training for AI and machine learning. Developers will be able to access TPUs through the Google Compute Engine cloud computing service, and it is making some TPUs available to researchers for free through the TensorFlow Research Cloud.

Other key announcements from the first day of the event included Google Lens real-time object identification, a standalone Daydream headset, improvements to Google's Photo app, a visual positioning system (VPS) and improvements for Google Home.

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