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Google

Google always throws out a ton of new technologies at its I/O developer conference. Historically, some thrive while some others fizzle. Here's a look back at last year's key announcements and how they have fared since, plus some thoughts on where those products are headed.

Assistant: Google showed off its AI-powered digital assistant last year. In the year since introduction, Google's Assistant has come to a broader set of Android devices as well as in the Google Home speaker, which was also previewed at I/O last year. Look for it to come to even more devices, both from Google. Bloomberg says a version should be coming to the iPhone this week, but it will almost certainly not be as ubiquitous on Apple hardware as it is on the Google-controlled Android operating system. It's also said to be coming to kitchen appliances.

VR: Google announced its Daydream ecosystem at I/O last year and followed up with its first headset, the Daydream View, in the fall. We have seen a few more Daydream-compatible phones in the intervening months, but probably not as broad an ecosystem of Daydream-capable phones as we might have though. Nor has anyone else yet build Daydream compatible headsets, even though Google said it was making the schematics freely available. In addition to an update on Daydream, Google is reportedly planning to show its vision of a standalone mobile VR headset at I/O.

Messaging: Last year Google added two new messaging apps, Also and Duo, to its lineup. Its messaging story has continued to be a murky one, with a number of different products including Allo, Duo, Hangouts and the messaging program built into Android. While it would be nice to see the strategy come into focus this year, I'm not necessarily holding my breath.

Android: Google previewed Android N ahead of last year's I/O, detailed it further at the event and shipped Nougat in the fall. The company appears to be on a similar path this year, having released a preview of Android O in March, but not going into great depth on its features. One thing Google talked about last week was Project Treble, an effort to make it easier for device makers that want to offer operating system upgrades.

Instant Apps and Android Wear 2.0: Both took a little longer than Google had expected. Watches using Android Wear 2.0, originally scheduled for late last year, were pushed back until this year, while Google is still working to make its vision of Android apps that run from the web a reality.

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”

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