Catch-up: Google I/O 2018

I was going to write this long, winding diatribe about my time at Google’s developer’s conference last week and what I learned after several hours of sessions and demonstrations. But every time I sit down to write about it, I start to feel really tired.

Needless to say, I’m still recovering. I think a few pictures and links to where you can find my coverage on the web should suffice as I recuperate from the biggest conference of the year for Google.

Ahh, yes. The Google Duplex demonstration. We talked about it on every single podcast that I recorded during the week. I’m still processing bearing witness to this experience.
A few new Google Assistant smart speakers are now available, as a sort of precursor as we wait for Smart Displays to hit this summer.

I wrote two pieces during the conference: one small one detailing the new consumer-facing features of the Google Home for Reviewed, and a longer piece on the ethos of Material Theming for Engadget.

I also made a whole host of podcast appearances throughout the week. Here’s where to find them:

  • All About Android: In this special episode, we eschewed the usual weekly show for an hour-long conversation with Google’s Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson and Allen Huang. TWiG’s Jeff Jarvis also joined in on the fun
  • Download: Jason Snell invited Mikah Sargent and me to talk about all the major announcements that occurred at Google I/O, though we chatted about Microsoft Build and a few other tech things, too
  • Material: Our co-host, Russell Ivanovic, was on one last time before heading out on a bit of a hiatus to discuss all that we’d saw at Google I/O. (Andy and I will be holding down the fort for a while from here on out)
  • TWiT: Leo Laporte had me on his end-of-the-week recap show for an invigorating conversation. The panel included journalist Harry McCracken and analyst Sam Abuelsamid.
  • The Parallel: [Episode publishing soon] Shelly Brisbin invited Blind Bargains’ J.J. Meddaugh and me to chat all about Google I/O, including some of the company’s new accessibility features