Google shifts mobile focus to apps and digital assistant

Above Google’s second generation tensor processing unit chip Image Credit Google
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19 May, 2017

With it- you can point your smartphone camera at an object and as long as Google lens recognizes it- it will give you more information about that object.

The new Google Payment API, which will work with both verified credit or debit cards linked to a Google account, is launching to enable faster payments in apps and online by requiring only a security code or authentication with an Android device to complete a purchase.

That reflects a recognition by the search giant that the assistant and other apps will be increasingly important to its future, said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

Affirming its dominance in the tech world with announcing beta version of "Android O" operating system, Google is celebrating the milestone of reaching two billion monthly active Android devices globally.

"This is partly a concession to the fact that whatever they put into Android, most users don't see it for a couple years ... and a lot of their best, most attractive, most valuable users are going to be on other platforms", Dawson said.

"With AI, all the apps are getting upgraded so they don't need new hardware".

The Google Assistant debuted previous year on the company's own hardware, and Google has gradually extended the tool to devices from other manufacturers running on its Android operating system. Google is making the AI assistant more conversational and giving users new input methods - you'll be able to finally type to ask Assistant questions on your phone.

In addition to optimizing Android O for lower-end devices, Google is also tweaking other apps such as YouTube, Google Play, Chrome, and Gboard to use less memory, storage space, and mobile data, Burke said. "We've had significant breakthroughs". Pichai also mentioned that there are about 800 million people are actively using Google Drive while 500 million people are Google Photos users.

Google Photos will be able to suggest which photos to share and whom to share them with - for example, if the person is in the photo. You will just have to provide a password or identify yourself using the fingerprint scanner to securely send money using the Google Assistant.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address of the Google I/O conference, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Mountain View, Calif. Google provided the latest peek at the digital services and gadgets that it has assembled in the high-tech tussle to become an even more influential force in people's lives. "They really pushed that message hard".

Artificial intelligence chatbot shopping app Mezi, operated by Mez Mobile Inc., has raised $9 million (Rs 60 crore) in Series A funding from Saama Capital, .

Google also announced enhancements to its Home personal assistant, adding abilities such as hands free telephone calls and acting as speakers for wireless audio.

One final significant announcement is the release of a software development kit (SDK) to allow developers to integrate Google's assistant into their own products.


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