Google unveils latest tech tricks as computers get smarter

Angelica Greene
May 19, 2017

It will be available to download on numerous two billion devices that now run on Android.

By the end of the year, the system will understand Italian, Spanish and Korean, Google said.

AI will also be more evident in the Google Photos app. Users will soon be able to use the software to intelligently pick out photos based on events such as holidays, special occasions or celebrations, which they can then compile into a physical photo book.

Google provided a look at its latest digital offerings, with a heavy focus on its efforts to extend artificial intelligence features into more of its apps and services.

Google Assistant is on more than 100 million devices and on Wednesday released a free app that works on the operating system powering Apple's iPhone.

According to Google, Android was built with security in mind since day one.

Users of Google Assistant also have the flexibility of entering queries via voice search or by manually typing them, whereas Siri only recognizes voice commands. A program called Google Lens will analyze your photos and be able to remove obstacles, such as a chain-link fence, that obscure your shot. Siri may also be more helpful to you depending on how invested you are in Apple's ecosystem.

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This includes Notification Channels that let app developers provide users with more fine-grained control over different kinds of notifications.

These days, it's not unusual to find tech giants and their plucky startup rivals copying each other's tools and features - sometimes improving on them and sometimes just playing catch-up.

"Android O" is aimed to make phone startup quicker and apps faster, with added optimisations for developers to help prevent your battery from draining.

What's more, Android O is expected to add under-the-hood improvements for speedier booting time and application performance.

New "visual responses" were also announced by Google which enable users to get the answers they receive from Home shown on a screen. And there will be a version of the Play Store that highlights apps specifically designed for Android Go, while still offering the entire app catalog. But given the amount of malicious apps that have managed to creep into the Play Store in the past few years, one can easily denounce such a statement.

There are more Android users in India than in the United States and majority are from tier-2 and tier-3 towns, who operate in their regional languages.

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