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How Google is trying to fix your phone addiction

11 May, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Android P will stop apps snooping on users

The company announced the update at its annual developer conference on Tuesday. Important details are information about my own use: How much time do I spend with which service per day, how often do I unlock my smartphone, how many notifications do I receive and so on.

Google AI as part of the operating system can help you save battery life.

The assistant will be able to answer questions, like, "What service are you looking for?" or "What time are you looking for?"

With gestures enabled, the home button becomes a single pill-shaped button in the center of the navigation bar, and you control all gestures with it. All are powered by Google's ever-developing artificial intelligence or AI technology. The feature is expected this summer.

Tell the Google Assistant to book a table for four at 6 pm, it tends to the phone call in a human-sounding voice complete with "speech disfluencies" such as "ums" and "uhs". "I anticipate significant negative reactions by many persons who ultimately discover that they've been essentially conned into thinking they're talking to a human, when they actually were not".

It was indicative of the tone of Google's presentation, probably the most impressive tech keynote that has come along in some time.

The second Developer Preview of Wear OS based on Android P comes with support for Actions on Google. It's AI that can make calls for you. Not only can you copy texts of what you see, Google Lens now matches you up with items listed on the internet when you point your camera to an item in front of you. The changes are coming in the next two months.

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Imagine this type of conversation with your Assistant via Google Home or your phone when you need to get a few things done, fire off an email, or get up to date on a breaking story. The voices aim to sound more natural and will include pauses that convey meaning. And it will reward kids who say "please", similar to a feature Amazon is bringing to its Alexa voice assistant.

As the Android Auto team noted during its I/O session, in-car screens are starting to get bigger and popping up in different sizes and aspect rations.

Google was working on Duplex for quite some time now and finally demonstrated it at the Google I/O stage. The feature should be available to everyone by next week.

Android Auto, the in-car option for using smartphone apps on your dashboard, began supporting wireless connectivity last month, allowing owners of any Google Pixel or Nexus device to connect their smartphones to their vehicle without a cable. It's common to look at your smartphone and realize that all the apps you've left open have sucked away the battery life. Typically, Android Auto essentially mirrors your phone - with a special on-screen interface designed for the vehicle.

Another new feature related to Assistant is called Continued Conversation.

To ensure your phone doesn't keep you up at night, Android P is getting a "wind down" feature.

Developer Preview 2 of Android P introduces an "enhanced" battery saver mode that shuts down nearly the same set of things, but introduces a new "power-efficient" watch face.

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