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Google I/O 19 Roundup: Key announcements for Google Cloud


It’s been four years since the first Google I/O conference held. It is a conference that brings developers from all around the globe under one roof for talks, sessions and hands-on learning in google garages. This conference allows developers to get hands on the latest tech and updates by Google; so that developers can start developing for new platforms with these updates.
For the first time, Google discussed and gave sessions on Google Cloud for the developers; that will allow them to take advantage of cloud technologies to build the next generation web and mobile applications. Here are the key announcements made last week at Google I/O ’19.

The built-in security key of Android phone is now generally available

FIDO Security Keys provide the highest level of protection from phishing and account hijacking and it is a must-have for all people who are at risk of targeted attacks, such as IT admins, executives, journalists, and activists. Last month at Google Cloud Next ’19, they announced its beta functionality that allows users to use their Android Phone as a FIDO security key for their Google cloud accounts at no extra additional cost.

In Google I/O they made this feature available for all phones running Android 7.0+. Admins can also define compulsory use of security key for users as a policy to protect their G Suite, GCP, and Cloud Identity accounts. This enables users to choose between a physical security key, Android phone, or both.

Google made Cloud TPU V2 ad V3 Pods available publically in beta version

Google made its Cloud TPU pods publically available to speed up the large scale machine learning application; this will help developers to train their ML models in minutes and hours instead of days and weeks. Right now, this technology is available in beta to help ML researchers, engineers and data scientists iterate faster and train more capable machine learning models.

Google I/O ’19 brings updates for Firebase:

Expanded Machine learning Capabilities, monitoring of web performance and analytics enhancements

Google launched Firebase with a number of updates to help mobile and web app developers by making it easier to build their apps, improve app quality, and grow their businesses. Here are all the updates for Firebase:

ML Kit allows all app developers to access machine learning for their applications regardless of their machine learning experience. This means developers will use ready to go APIs for solving common tasks or hosting and using their own custom models. These models will be available on-device and in the cloud, via Google Cloud AI.

Besides this, Google launches three more capabilities in beta only: the Translation API, the Object Detection & Tracking API, and AutoML Vision Edge. These new features will complement previous updates including solutions for natural language processing with Language Identification and Smart Reply APIs.

Firebase Performance Monitoring is the most popular way for developers to troubleshoot performance issues of their native mobile apps. Currently, Performance monitoring is available for web apps along with mobile apps but in beta version only. This allows developers to have a deeper understanding of how real users are experiencing their app.

Google Analytics for firebase provides developers with free, unlimited and robust analytics. Google has also announced a completely reconstructed audience builder with a new interface. The new features have been added like sequences, scoping, time windows, membership duration, and many more. This will allow you to create audiences for personalization via Remote Config or you can re-engage them through Cloud Messaging and/or the new App campaigns.


The latest announcements at I/O will give a boom to startups around machine learning. Developers can now cover the unprecedented market of machine learning and AI. Google also sticks to its motto of making life easier for users by introducing the latest security methods. This will definitely help Google in the battle of cloud computing against its counterparts.

These updates will surely attract new developers and startups to build their business with Google. This is the perfect example which clearly demonstrates a masterstroke by Google to outperform its peers.

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