Sounds like the Amelie soundtrack being played from a tesla coil!
We've switched musical stylings, but the keynote hasn't quite "started" just yet
We have power; we have coffee; we have ethernet; we have developers. Let's do this! #io16
Live string instruments ... something odd I've never seen before
they're up in booths overhanging the amphitheater
Just a reminder that our Twitter feed is going to be LOUD for the next couple of hours. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.
cheers from the crowd! we're ready to rock.
And the requisite Google-y intro video has begun. Colors, bicycles and some categories: World, Biz, Tech, Science, Buzz.
A nice throwback to cultural influences of the last few decades. I love the Alto's Adventure shout-out! I also see Crossy Road and Angry Birds, among other popular games.
Let's hope some big changes are coming to the Play Store this year, too.
With these volume levels, this is most definitely a concert venue. NOW THAT'S SOME BASS.
The bass is insanely loud in here; I can feel it in my fingers, I can feel it in my toes.
And Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, is out on stage! Big applause!
"It feels really nice and different out here."
After 10 years of I/O, Sundar saw it was time for a change of venue.
"We are at a pivotal moment for where we are as a company, and thought a change in venue was appropriate." Over 7,000 people in the crowd today.
Over 530 Extended events streamed throughout the world. Amazing turnout.
The largest developer audience on the livestream is China with over 1 million people tuning in. Amazing!
There are over 3 billion people connected and using the internet in ways we've never seen before, says Pichai. "They live on their phones."
Over 50% of Google queries come in from mobile. In the US, 20% of mobile queries are voice-based.
The screens behind Pichai show a live view of the queries hitting Google right now — how too cook rice, open youtube, what is fracking?, set an alarm ...
Sundar wants to give people richer experience cards when searching on mobile, which is increasingly important to the 3 billion connected.
"We do this across thousands of categories, globally, on scale."
Sundar is talking up AMP, mobile-optimized webpages meant for fast and beautiful mobile reading experiences.
"This is why we are evolving search to be much more assistive." Data science and machine learning brought us the Knowledge Graph. What's so important is the relationship between People, Knowledge and Data.
Through deep learning work, Google has dramatically improved all of its products. From voice recognition to tougher problems like image recognition and computer vision.
Voice recognition quality has increased over 25% in the past year. More people are using voice to search, so this is increasingly important.
For example, Google Photos can now determine what a "hug" is — not just inanimate objects or faces.
"Show me my dog videos" allows Google to find subjects in movies stored on Google Photos, which is incredible.
Google translates 140 billion words for users every day.
Google now translates 140 billion words across hundreds of languages. "Profound advances in machine learning and AI" have allowed this.