Google's New Voice Bot Sounds, Um, Maybe Too Real


The Assistant is now also able to have a back-and-forth conversation without users having to repeat the "Hey, Google" wake phrase before each command, and will also be able to make multiple requests at once for the first time. Similarly in Google Photos, it will now be easier to share a photo instantly via smart, in-line suggestions.

If I looked closely - ideally when the auto was stopped or parked - additional metadata could tell me if a particular piece of music or an audiobook had already been downloaded, so that I would know that playback would continue regardless of how strong my cellular connectivity was. Lens lets you just point your camera and get answers about everything from that building in front of the concert poster you that lamp you liked in the store window.

Google also debuted a new way for developers to promote their voice app, called Action Links.

During the Google I/O keynote, Google talked about the WaveNet voice engine and how it was making speech synthesis more realistic.

Google knows that while smartphones are indispensable tools for the modern lifestyle, the gadgets can also be the ultimate distraction device ever created.

Enter the recent apps screen by tapping the recent apps button in the navigation bar or swipe up on the home screen.

A user might always be itching to call themselves to ensure an AI had successfully managed to make an appointment (though confirmation emails or txts will help in that department).

The company revealed it's working with vehicle manufacturer Arrival on a pilot fleet of 35 lightweight electric trucks that look far more futuristic than the standard boxy vehicles.

"To help you understand habits, focus on what matters, switch off and wind down".

Android P is the newest iteration of the Android OS, and it's shaping up to the the smartest one yet. For the most part its a simple option: do you want location services, or not? It will also offer things including Adaptive Brightness that learns how you like to set the brightness slider given your surroundings and adjusts it automatically. Conceptually, this isn't too dissimilar from what the iPhone X incorporated on its Super Retina display and what Duarte's current team has implemented on Android. This is why during the new setup process, users will be able to quickly choose the apps from the suggested list.

Google, in fact, is closer to being that one company that we can't afford to lose. You can get to this all-apps view by swiping up from any screen on your phone. During its I/O developers conference this week, Google promised cheaper Android TV hardware, a smoother path to market for device makers, better support for app developers, and a general recommitment to getting Android TV onto more streaming devices.