Google I/O to delve into virtual reality, artificial intelligence

Thousands of developers will trek to Google’s developer conference, I/O, on Wednesday in Mountain View to hear the latest updates on Android, virtual reality and machine learning. The search giant will hold a two-hour keynote presentation that analysts expect will delve into new features like split screens on its Android smartphone operating system, a rumored all-in-one virtual reality headset and, perhaps, a device similar to the Amazon Echo that recognizes voice commands. “Google is at the point now where they are really looking at expanding way beyond search and mobile platforms,” said Tim Bajarin, president of advisory services firm Creative Strategies. Last year’s Google I/O — the initials stand for “input, output” — drew 5,600 people. The event, being held this year at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, has turned into a…


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