Posted on May 20, 2016, at 4:27 p.m. ET
That's Google's annual developers conference, where it convenes thousands and thousands of engineers and tells them what it's working on for the next year. Because this is one of the biggest companies in the world, with billions of people using its many, many tools, I/O is the biggest story in tech for the week, and this year Google announced a ton of new products. So, we made this week's quiz all about it!
It's a voice-controlled, button-free device.
The sleek new device from Google will solve your in-home entertainment, to-do and information needs (provided you don’t already have an Amazon Echo).
It's a messaging app.
Google promises to make conversations “easier, more expressive and more productive”
with Allo. The app is linked to users’ phone numbers (like WhatsApp).
It's a VR platform.
Integrated with Android, Daydream is a phone, a headset, a controller, and a bunch of apps you probably already use.
It's a video chatting app.
Duo comes with a feature Google is calling Knock Knock, which shows a livestream of the caller before the call begins.
It's a new way to launch apps without downloading them.
Coming soon to Android handsets, this feature promises to make things move much, much quicker on mobile — especially for transactions that require payment.
It's the virtual assistant.
Google Assistant is a conversation-based virtual helper that Google promises will bring context-sensitive information to the users of the world’s biggest search engine.
“Our ability to do conversational understand is far ahead of what other assistants can do,” CEO Sundar Pichai said.
It's an AI program that plays the Chinese board game, Go.
AlphaGo is the creation of DeepMind Technologies, a British artificial intelligence company that Google acquired in 2014. Its AI was able to make moves that were not only mechanically calculating, but also creative when it beat one of the greatest players in the world.
Brendan Klinkenberg is a tech reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.
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