Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets
11:35, May 18, 2017
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Google announced the Assistant's expansion to the iPhone at its I/O developers conference on Wednesday, along with a slew of other improvements.
Google I/O 2017 has been absolutely packed with announcements, but the company isn't done yet.
Google on Wednesday said that two billion users are using Android users.
Android Go isn't a phone, it's a platform.
It includes rebuilt Google apps and a redesigned Play store for devices with less than 1 gigabyte of memory. We've got something like this already on the iPad Pro, but the difference here is that Android will let you do it on your phone and with any app.
All Android devices with 1GB or less of RAM will automatically use the "Go" configuration of Android, and all Android releases going forward will have "Go" configurations for these low-end devices. That's why it's launched Google Play Protect, that combines a raft of new security features that will protect your device from real-world and digital threats. In fact, Google has decided to make an Android Go version for all Android operating systems beginning with Android O.
Google has added Suggested Sharing to its Google Photos service. The company envisions a world in which wonderful photos are no longer left on people's phones because other pressing things in life got in the way. Google will also let you share whole photo libraries with others. Pichai also announced that the machine learning-driven Smart Reply feature is coming to Gmail on iOS and Android as well.
The major new feature that the Google Home gets is the hands-free calling features.
Huffman said Google's working to improve Assistant's "conversationality", since up to 70 percent of requests to the AI come in the form of natural language, rather than keywords like in a standard Google search.
Standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets are coming soon to Google Daydream through partnerships between Google and manufacturers like HTC and Lenovo. "Whether at home or on the go, your Assistant is here to help".
In an interesting twist, one of those third-party "devices" will actually be the Apple iPhone, which will receive its own version of the Assistant to compete with Apple's Siri, right on her own turf.
Google Assistant is getting much more functional. Well you might not (especially if you're used to summoning Apple's assistant by holding down the home button), but it is arguably better and can understand and respond to more complicated queries than Siri.
Another cool new trick is Google Assistant's ability to pair with your phone's camera.
It's also bringing over "proactive" suggestions from Google Now.
As well as simple Wikipedia descriptions and the rest, Google Lens will also offer up reviews of any shops, restaurants and other services that you aim your camera at. That way you can, say, watch a YouTube or Netflix video or do a Duo chat, while sending an email.
This feature will be rolled out "over the next few months", Google said, but potential United Kingdom launch details weren't revealed.
Pinterest has a similar tool.
Google introduced Lens, so your smartphone camera can recognize objects and provide additional information. You can move it around the screen, as well as flick it away to close it. Executives are also laying out how the company is expanding the reach and capabilities of the Google Assistant, which is now available on some smartphones and an internet-connected speaker called Home. Some of the unveiled products won't be out until later this year.