Google unveils latest tech tricks as computers get smarter

Both Amazon and Google are racing to bake their virtual assistants into as many devices as possible, as they struggle to gain the upper hand in an epic new frontier for tech companies: The home.

Nominees were selected much like previous year by cross-functional teams throughout Google who work hand-in-hand with the relevant categories and product areas. This means you will no longer have to wait for your phone to get that new Android update to get all the new emoji in your favorite messenger app, provided the app developer has implemented this library.

In the blog post, VP of Payment Products Pali Bhat writes that more countries will have Android Pay soon. "We've had significant breakthroughs".

Keep in mind that the revamped battery settings menu applies to mostly-stock devices that will run Android O. In other words, skins from Samsung, LG, HTC, and others might offer their own spin on the menu once Google's latest and greatest lands on their devices.

If you link your number, Google said it will use it when Home recognise your voice (and thus whomever you call will know the call is coming from you, whereas with a private number, they won't know). But with this week's Home announcements, Google just catapulted itself into a completely different league of product.

Starting this week, users of the Google Home digital assistant for instance will be able to schedule appointments and setup reminders by speaking to the device using normal conversation.

As of late 2016, 95 percent of the world's 7 billion-plus population now has access to cellular coverage and "there are nearly as many mobile-cellular subscriptions as people on earth", according to the International Telecommunication Union's "Measuring the Information Society" report.

At the keynote of its Google I/O developers' conference Wednesday, Google announced a handful of updates to its Google Home smart speaker - and these are no incremental improvements.

It will also allow anyone with an iOS device and a Google Home to interact with the two devices in a much more seamless way. When you see the lights flashing, you simply say "Hey Google, what's up?" to get the info.

From here, Google moved on, naturally, to Google Home, its own home-based smart device.

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Now, Google is drawing upon that treasure trove to teach new tricks to its digital assistant, which debuted previous year on its Pixel phone and an internet-connected speaker called Home that is trying to mount a challenge to Amazon's Echo.