At its annual I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, Google announced that it will be rolling out a new version if its artificial intelligence assistant. Tapping the icon will go to the home screen, long press will activate Assistant, half swipe up will go to the overview screen, full swipe up will bring up the app drawer, sliding to the right will scroll through recent apps, and finally is the back button which will only appear in apps.
According to Google, JBL will be selling this as a soundbar and also with a wireless subwoofer. The Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6 and Essential PH-1 will all support the beta from today. Rather than downloading an APK and getting all technical, you just need to enrol in the beta and then wait for it to be pushed to your device via an Over The Air (OTA) update.
With the new Routine Suggestions, after a user engages with an Action, the developer can prompt the user to add the Action to a Routine with just a couple of taps.
Putting down your phone at dinner can be a big problem, so Google's adding a Shush gesture that enables Do Not Disturb mode.
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Pichai brought up a very relevant syndrome of our time - FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) - and pointed at the importance of JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) as well.
Also, the volume buttons on Android phones will now default to adjusting the media volume settings instead of changing your notification sounds. Only the newest seven or so Android premium flagships and a few mid-range handsets are covered by this announcement.
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Perhaps most impressive is Google Lens' ability to look at practically any object - clothes, books, furniture - and find similar objects on the internet, just based on what's in the camera frame. The average Evernote user, for example, is spending three times more time on large screen devices and four times more time when using the Google Pixelbook.
Moreover, the Assistant is also coming to navigation in Google Maps later this summer.
"There are going to be some tangible and strong opportunities there for brands", says George Manas, president of Resolution Media.
As is increasingly the case, the key hurdle here may not be one of technological limitations, but societal. Some of the new features include six new voices, continued conversations, multiple actions and Google Duplex etc. Therefore, the phones running Android P will be better suited to user preferences and needs. Last week, however, it said its partner Lenovo will sell a $400 stand-alone virtual reality headset that doesn't require inserting a smartphone. Let us know down below!
Google also says that it hopes adoption of newer versions of Android TV will improve as we go forward. While Apple's biggest event is usually some sort of iPhone announcement, much of Google's advancements and industry dominance is due to their software - much of which is announced at events like Google I/O 2018.