20 May, 2017
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As the saying goes, a photo is worth a thousand words. "Most of these users are in emerging markets".
This means you can ask "Who is the Prime Minister of Canada?" followed by "How tall is he?" and Google Assistant knows that you're still talking about Justin Trudeau. "The simple act of taking a photo of a boarding pass could tell you a lot about a person: their travel plans, lifestyle, airline preference, seating preference, etc". Google I/O has slowly moved away from announcements of shiny things and become more about what those things can do, and how it makes a difference.
The new system will prolong battery life, the company said. "Snapchat showed the power of the camera to transform the traditional ad unit with brand lenses and filters". The new OS version arrived suddenly, and it has a new feature that not many people noticed until they tried it out: all-new, redesigned emoji.
You can't integrate with other non-Google apps on your iPhone. Acting like a search engine provides you and the user with much more options, as there are answers for all different cases regardless of the format and data the user supplies.
New parts of Google Play Protect, according to Google, include the ability to manually scan previously downloaded apps in order to check if they are still safe.
Gurnman notes in a Bloomberg report today that "Some people think Google's virtual assistant beats Siri in reliability and capability".
The introduction of Lens has led to accusations that the tech giant is copying platforms like Pinterest.
Pinterest has a similar tool. You can easily access Siri by holding down the iPhone's home button, but with Google Assistant (and Cortana, Alexa, and all other third-party assistants), you need to launch a separate app.
It does let you input calendar appointments, set timers, jot down shopping lists, look up contacts, and get reminders, but all of that functionality works only with Google's own services. That's changed, and here we are a year later with a very smart Assistant that can run anywhere with an internet connection and a Python (development language) interpreter. How to style a new dress? Google has also said that it will be looking at lowering the required minimum software version to Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Still, more information doesn't necessarily mean more targeting accuracy.
Sure, that will probably prompt antitrust complaints, but regulators are taking years to consider such cases even with more easy-to-understand technology.
"We see our job as evangelizing this new shift in computing", Giannandrea says.
Indian handset vendors Micromax, Lava and Karbonn, which are major players in the mass market segment that Google wants to target and were also its partners for Android One, said Thursday they are looking forward to working with the USA company's new OS.