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A much richer Assistant experience coming to Android this summer, iOS later this year

Despite my preference to swipe over to the Feed for most things I need, I will call up Assistant whenever I remember to do so. But coming later this year, Google is going to be vastly improving the visual Assistant experience.

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Google adding machine learning-based Smart Compose to Gmail this month

The recent Gmail redesign is still fresh in everyone's minds and I'm still playing around with it. Google isn't done with its signature email, however. Smart Compose is the next step, which utilizes the advances in AI to improve upon the already nifty Smart Reply.

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Udell releases Wear OS watch face for Google I/O 2018

Udell is a well-known Android developer, mostly thanks to Wearable Widgets. If you're getting ready for Google I/O 2018, or you're just looking for a fun Android Wear Wear OS watch face, Udell's new 'I/O 2018 Watch Face' is pretty great.

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Google I/O 2018 preview: Five talks to plan for at this year's developer's conference

Google's spring schedule is always an exciting dichotomy between the predictable and the unexpected. We never know what services might get axed during the company's regular spring cleaning, but we can always depend on the I/O developer conference—and with it, a good chunk of Google's non-Pixel announcements for the year.

From our vantage, we think we've got a good idea on what to look forward to at this year's event. So if you're planning your own schedule for which talks to listen in on, we've got the details here.

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Google updates I/O app for 2018

You know Google I/O is right around the corner when the official app gets a fresh coat of paint. Yes, today is the day. You can download the new Google I/O app right now and begin reserving seats and adding events to your schedule. It also looks pretty different.

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You can now reserve seats for Google I/O 2018 sessions via the updated schedule

Google I/O is now less than a month away, and Google has updated the website with all the events, keynotes, and sessions it will hold. The schedule could be changed at Google's discretion prior to the big day, but attendees can head to the I/O site right now to reserve seats for the sessions as currently listed.

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The first wave of Google I/O invites has started going out

I/O news is abound these days: yesterday we saw that the registration for the ticket raffle was closed and then the preliminary schedule was published revealing focus on Assistant, Chrome and the Web, a new Android Wear session, but still no signs of TV and Auto (though they might be added later). Now we have the first sign of ticket invites being issued to those who tossed their name in the hat.

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Google I/O 2018 schedule is up: New things for Wear, Chrome OS, Assistant, but no sign of TV or Auto yet

The Google I/O 2018 ticket sign up registration is now closed, but there's something else on the I/O website that should grab your interest: the event schedule is now up and you can see that there might be two main keynotes on May 8, one from 10am to 11:30pm and one from 12:45pm to 1:45pm. I don't think this format was used in the previous years: it used to be one long main keynote.

Aside from the main event, the schedule has a long list of sessions to look through just to try to gauge a bit what the next focus points for Google will be over the next year.

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[Update: Closed now] Google I/O 2018 registration is now open

Google revealed the location and dates of Google I/O 2018 last month. If you've been waiting to get your own tickets, now's your chance - registration is finally open to the general public.

Just like last year, I/O uses a raffle system, so you won't know for sure if you have a ticket until February 28. Your payment method will be pre-authorized once you register, but you will only be charged if you are selected. The ticket prices are identical to last year - $375 for students/teachers, and $1,150 for everyone else.

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Google I/O 2017 app's source code released on GitHub to demonstrate the newest, best practices for Android devs

Every year for the past few years, Google releases an app for I/O attendees. Then, a few months afterwards, the company uploads the app's source code to GitHub. This year's I/O app was aptly named "Google I/O 2017," and now, if you're an Android developer, you can go through its source code to see what new techniques you can implement into your own app(s).

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