- Google I/O is ostensibly about the future of Android, but that changed in 2016 when CEO Sundar Pichai put the AI-powered Google Assistant and machine learning at the forefront, a trend that continued at this year’s show.
- Google unveiled new tools to make interactions like purchases seamless, opening the door for the Assistant to become a money-making platform for developers.
- It started when the Google Assistant debuted in the less-than-popular chat app Allo, which launched simultaneously on iPhone and Android.
- Now that developers can write Actions for the Assistant, it effectively turns the iPhone into an extension of Google’s existing platforms.
- Rather, Google is pushing hard to turn Android developers into Google Assistant developers, Google Home Actions developers and web developers using the latest tools available in Chrome.
As Google puts its machine learning at the forefront, Android is just another platform.
@stevekrohn: At I/O, Android Takes Backseat to Machine Learning