This year’s Google I/O was the most boring ever

This year’s Google I/O was the most boring ever
This year’s Google I/O was the most boring ever

Google’s annual developer conference has come and gone, but I still have no idea what was announced.

I mean, I do. I know that Gemini It was a big part of the program, the main responsibility of the week, and the plan is to infuse it into every part of Google’s product. portfolio, from your mobile operating system to your web applications on the desktop. But that was all.

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There was little in the arrival of Android 15 and what it would contribute to the operating system. We didn’t get the second beta reveal until second day of the conference. Google usually comes out right off the bat with that speech towards the end of the first day’s keynote, or at least that’s what I expected, considering it was the status quo at the latest developer conferences.

I don’t only in this feeling. Others share my feelings, blogs to forums. It was a challenging year coming to Google I/O as a user of their existing products. It felt like one of those timeshare pitches, where the company sells you an idea and then placates you with fun, free stuff afterwards, so you don’t think about how much you pay for a property you only have access to a few times a year. . But I kept thinking about Gemini everywhere I went and what effect it would have on the current user experience. The keynote did little to convince me that this is the future I want.

Put your faith in Gemini AI

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I think Google’s Gemini is capable of doing a lot of amazing things. On the one hand, I actively use Search Circle, so I understand it. I’ve seen how it can help you get work done, summarize notes, and get information without having to do it. Swipe through screens. I even tried Project Astra and I experienced the potential of how this large language model can see the world around it and hone in on the small nuances present on a person’s face. That will certainly be useful when it comes out and is fully integrated into the operating system.

Or not? I struggled to figure out why I would want to create an AI narrative for fun, which was one of the options for the Project Astra demo. While it’s great that Gemini can offer contextual responses about physical aspects of its environment, the demo didn’t explain exactly when this type of interaction would occur on an Android device specifically.

We know who, where, what, why and how behind the existence of Gemini, but we don’t know when. When? use Gemini? When will the technology be ready to replace the remains of the current Google Assistant? The keynote and demos at Google I/O failed to answer both of these questions.

Google presented many examples of how developers will benefit from what is to come. For example, Project Astra can look at your code and help you improve it. But I don’t code, so I didn’t immediately resonate with this use case. Then Google showed us how Gemini will be able to remember where objects were last placed. That’s really cool, and I could see how that would benefit everyday people who deal with, say, being too overwhelmed by everything that’s required of them. But there was no mention of that. AI if not shown being used in context?

I’ve attended ten Google I/O developer conferences and this is the first year I’ve walked away scratching my head instead of waiting for future software updates. I’m exhausted by Google pushing the Gemini narrative among its users without being explicit about how we’ll have to adapt to stay in its ecosystem.

Maybe the reason is that Google doesn’t want to scare anyone. But as a user, silence is scarier than anything else.

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