Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

"Partnerships between tech giants and local service providers will therefore be key differentiators", said Ronan de Renesse, practice leader for Ovum's consumer technology team and author of the report. Turns out, Google is already making this feature available for some users.

- Google said it is cutting the cord on virtual reality headsets with Daydream, which will not require connection to a computer or smartphone. That's typically limited to high-end systems such as the Oculus Rift from Facebook. It has launched a program for cheaper, entry-level devices.

Google announced that more than two billion devices powered by Android software are used monthly in a freshly passed milestone. Phones with less than one gigabyte of memory will automatically get Android Go.

Google's released its first public beta for the next big Android update, Android O.

Google is also crafting a lighter version of Android, referred to as "Go", designed for maximum performance on low-priced, entry-level smartphones in developing countries where internet bandwidth is lean or expensive.

As part of a years-old tradition, Google will name the next Android version after a dessert or sweet-tasting snack beginning with the letter "O". First, a new feature called Suggested Sharing will suggest that you share your photos with the people it recognizes to be in the picture itself.

The coming version of Android, referred to simply as "O" for the time being, will also have boosted artificial intelligence features along with enhanced security, executives showed.

Google's internet-connected Home speaker is ready to take on more chores in an attempt to become at least as versatile as Amazon's Echo. Looking to control several rooms' lights at once, hands-free? Google is also adding more music and video services to Home.

Assistant over the past year has improved on its conversational abilities. This while people using its dominant internet search engine and leading email service have been feeding the machines valuable pieces of personal information for almost 20 years.

The Assistant is now available on more than 100 million devices, including Android smartphones, Android Auto, Android TV, and Android Home.

Google had stated a few days back about the possibility of Google Assistant being available on the iPhone. Argue all you want about Assistant's seamless integration into Android and how much more powerful it is, but if you want a platform to succeed today it has to be on the iPhone in addition to everything else. Also called Lens, it lets people point their cameras at real-world items and find out where to buy them, or find similar things online.

So far, Google Assistant did not support text input from users to search for queries. For example, users can point a smartphone at a flower and be told exactly what it is. The tool can extract Wi-Fi login and password when you point to a sheet with that information.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a succession of company execs took the stage to talk up the latest milestones and to unveil new and upcoming products. Not only has the number of app and service integrations hit a "larger than you can recall" number, but Google is leading the charge by giving the Assistant control over an increasing number of Google's own products and services.

Pinterest has a similar tool. The first budget devices with the new configuration are expected to ship in 2018.

With this newest collaboration, NuBryte homeowners will enjoy voice control capabilities to manage their home's smart lighting. Some of the unveiled products won't be out until later this year.

Wednesday's keynote took place at an outdoor theater near the company's Mountain View, California, headquarters.

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