And the Google Assistant not only knows a lot about the world, but it will stand apart in how it can also get to know you over time. With your permission, of course. It can help you retrieve your travel itinerary, your daily schedule, your traffic to work, your package delivery information, and much more. And as Google keeps getting better, so will Google Home.
So that’s Google Home. A beautiful, smart, voice-enabled assistant for the whole family. Enjoy music and entertainment throughout your entire house, manage everyday tasks effortlessly, and ask Google what you want to know. It’s early days, but we want to give you and show you how we envision the Google Assistant coming to life at home. We created a short video to bring the product into a family setting to capture what it might be like in the future to have your personal Google around the house. Let’s roll the video.
We’re really, really excited about what’s ahead. Google Home will be available later this year. In the meantime, to stay up-to-date with the latest news, please sign up at google.com/home. We wanted to share this early preview at I/O so that we can work with partners in a more open way to deliver awesome experiences at launch. We’ll have a lot more to share soon with the developer community about how to begin to integrate with the Google Assistant.
And with that, let me ask Sundar back on stage.
Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google
Thank you, Mario. It’s really exciting to see the Google Assistant come to life with Google Home and to help people get things done. To do this well, as Mario mentioned, we really need to work with developers and third parties so that we can provide these actions for our users. We already do this a lot at Google today. Using Google products, you can already book a movie ticket with Fandango, get a car with Uber, listen to music on Spotify, book a restaurant with OpenTable, maybe record a ride with strava, and many, many more such use cases. So we are thinking about this thoughtfully, and we’re working on a comprehensive way by which third-party developers can interact with the Assistant, and we’ll be sharing a lot more in the upcoming months.
I talked earlier that we are working hard at core use cases on mobile. One such important use case is Photos. Last year, thanks to the advances in computer vision, we approached Photos with a new perspective. We announced Google Photo at Google I/O last year with the goal to help users find and organize their photos and videos, keep them safe, and share them effortlessly with their family and friends on any device. We’ve seen tremendous adoption with Google Photos, and just in the past year, we have seen tremendous adoption, and today we are at over 200 million monthly active users.
Our computer vision systems have automatically applied over 2 trillion labels. This is what allows us, when you search for Pomeranian, to find the right picture. And by the way, over 24 billion of those labels are for selfies. We even have Pomeranian selfies. Google Photos shows what’s possible when you approach an existing area from a new perspective.
Another core use case on users’ phones is communications. It’s an exciting area, and there is a lot of innovation. But given our advancements in machine learning, we wanted to approach this core use case with a new perspective. Erik Kay is going to join to talk to you more about it.
Erik Kay – Engineering Director at Google
Thanks, Sundar. You know, communications is all about sharing life’s moments. That great restaurant I found, the winning shot in overtime, my daughter’s recital. Today I can share moments like these the second they happen, just by pulling out my phone and sending a message. Communications is such an important part of our lives, and it’s an important focus for Google as well.
What makes me personally excited about communications is the potential for innovation when you combine the power of mobile with advancements in machine learning. So today we’re giving you a look at what we’ve been up to with two new communication apps that show what’s possible when we bring Google technology to this essential human activity.
The first is a new messaging app called Allo. Thank you.
Allo is a smart messaging app. It learns over time to make conversations easier, more expressive, and more productive by bringing all the richness of Google right into your chat. Allo is based on your phone number, so you can easily get in touch with anyone in your phone book.
This morning, we’re going to walk you through three areas that make Allo really special. First are some ways to express yourself and keep the conversation going. Then, we’ll talk about what it means to have the Google Assistant built right into your messaging app. And, finally, we’ll tell you how Allo keeps your conversations private and secure.
So let’s get started. On the stage with me to help demo is Amit. He leads product management. And on the screen behind me you can see Amit’s in a chat — in a conversation with his friend Joy. So we designed Allo to help you express yourself and keep the conversation going. So, of course, there’s a great selection of stickers which we’ve sourced from independent artists and content producers from around the world. But expression is more than just emojis and stickers. So we’ve added more features that help you say what you mean.