Google Lens premieres as a voice-controlled digital assistant, and will extend its focus into Google Photos and other apps. Android also gets more intelligent about battery usage, malware protection.
Redmond introduced the "planet-scale" Azure Cosmos DB, Azure-based MySQL and PostgreSQL managed services and improvements to its own Azure SQL.
Through a partnership with IoT platform builder Particle, Google has revealed the Google Maps Geolocation API, which can pinpoint a device's location using cell-tower and Wi-Fi information.
Using sound as a carrier for data isn't new. But Rodney Williams, CEO of startup Lisnr thinks that his company's new "Smart Tone" protocol can radically change device-to-device communications.
Java and C++ no longer share a duopoly as the "first-class" languages for writing apps for Android. Google last week announced that Kotlin will be included with Android Studio 3.0.
At last week's Build 2017, Microsoft showed how apps made for Windows also could run on Android and iOS from a single shared code base. Redmond also unveiled a cross-platform version of XAML UI elements.
Build 2017 also saw the launch of Xamarin Live Player, which Microsoft says can perform debugging without the need for SDKs or emulators.
Graphics-card maker NVIDIA says it will train 100,000 developers in its Deep Learning Institute this year, a 10x increase from its 2016 goal.