Google rolls out Assistant's new voices in US

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Earlier this week, Google announced that Volvo would build Android Auto directly into its head units, making it one of the first vehicle manufacturers to do so. The announcements came at Google's I/O 2018 conference in Mountain View, California. "Our core mission is to make information more useful, accessible and beneficial to all of society". You'll be able to set the brightness for specific situations, and Android P will use machine learning to figure out how like you it.

Android TV thrives on apps, and Google's also working to make it easier to configure a new system with the apps you're going to want most. Likewise, Samsung's camera app won't get a built-in Lens feature that lets Google offer information after taking a photo of a building or sign. But the Google's AI can call you and you wouldn't even realize that you are talking to a bot or a tool. Google calls the technology Duplex.

The new technology is called Duplex, and its aim is to carry out natural-sounding conversations so that Google's virtual assistant can accomplish tasks over the phone on users' behalf.

Pichai showed off Duplex's skill by having the "assistant" make reservations with a hair salon and a restaurant in two recorded phone calls. Attractive and scary nonetheless but let's keep the evil side of AI for other time, shall we? Sundar Pichai joked on-stage that he's been sending out more memos than usual lately thanks to Gmail's "smart compose".

The Duplex might as well break the stereotype of being technically sound enough to use the technology - you should just know the language.

It's also more ubiquitous, as noted in a blog post: "As of today, the Google Assistant is available on more than 500 million devices, it works with over 5,000 connected home devices, it's available in cars from more than 40 brands, and it's built right into the latest devices, from the Active Edge in the Pixel 2 to a dedicated Assistant key in the LG G7 ThinQ".

And, based on a press release from Kenwood, Android P will also allow Google to make third-party devices Android Auto-compatible.

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Google also wants to anticipate what apps you will use next in an effort to speed up-and limit-the time spent using different apps. You can drag this button right from any app that you're in to quickly switch to an app, and then switch back again.

DeepMind has worked with Google to decrease their energy use at data centers across the world and works on other AI-related projects as well.

The new Android P will also bring smart gestures and it will be prepared for bigger screens, notches and phones without a home button. Now you can colourize your old black and white pictures with the help of AI. "As digital technologies become better at doing human things, the focus has to be on how to protect humans, how to delineate humans and machines, and how to create reliable signals of each-see 2016".

All those publishers who have already participated in Google Play Newsstand, the original Google News, or videos on YouTube, will see their content automatically flow into the new product, along with all existing participation requirements, business rules, and analytics.

There are several new changes to Google Photos. A new view will show the same top stories to everyone, but it will get more personalized based on your location, favorite sources and topic preferences.

Similarly, there's also a new upcoming feature named Slices.

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