7 things you missed at Google I/O

After three days of I/O, Google’s developers conference has come to an end. During that time, there were several announcements including Google Lens and updates to Android O and Tango/Daydream. But there were several other pieces of news that might have flown under your radar. Read on to check out all the good stuff you might have missed from Google I/O.

Google is going to do some deep cleaning in its Play Store.

AR? VR? UR? What’s in a name?

Both Google and Microsoft are making leaps to pursue virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). But both companies have different names to their approaches. Let the AR-VR turf war begin.

AR shop to you drop

Finding items and goods at shops will be a breeze with AR and indoor mapping. At least, that’s what Google and other department stores hope.

Do you VR?

To get people using VR more often and for longer periods of time (currently, people play with VR a mere 5.7 minutes a day, or 40 minutes a week), Google is on the search for the “Angry Birds of VR,” or really any killer app will do.

The ultimate selfie stick

Google has a Tango selfie stick that is a must for good AR, especially for kids. It’s all a part of Google’s push to bring AR into schools.

Superpowers for teachers

Google Expeditions is an educational initiative that, for two years, has taken over 2 million students to the VR and AR versions of the coral reefs and outer space. It’s a wild way to bring tech to the classrooms.

Tango and Daydream — together at last

If you want to satisfy your AR and VR curiosity this summer, the Asus ZenFone AR will go on sale this summer through Verizon. Unlike the Tango phone you might have already heard of, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the ZenFone AR is the first phone to have both Tango and Daydream
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