Google Assistant New Features Include Good Manners

Audrey Hill
May 12, 2018

Singing star John Legend will lend his voice to the Google Assistant later this year, it was announced at Google's I/O 2018 developers' conference in Mountain View, California on May 8, 2018. However, when the Google Assistant makes the same call, it does so from a Google server. Once a user requests the Assistant something, Assistant makes calls on behalf of the user to businesses.

We've also worked on building security patching into our OEM agreement.

The Google assistant was talking so naturally that the staff members it was interacting with did not realize they were talking with a robot. Though, Google Home isn't as popular as Amazon's Alexa.

Google Assistant was super impressive at the I/O keynote address.

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The Google Home Mini 2-pack normally costs $78, but you can save $20 and get the bundle for only $58. Google's head of Android platform security, David Kleidermacher, revealed some new changes coming to the company's security policy which effectively require OEMs to roll out security patches. The company is always quite open about its core focuses, and Google I/O 2018 was a showcase of all the key areas of concentration at Google. More phones are expected to be added to the list.

The all-new Google News replaces Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop and the Google News & Weather app on mobile. The section has a briefing of five stories which includes a mix of the most important headlines, local news and the latest developments on the topics. If there was one theme underlying most of Google's keynote, it was that AI and ML advancements from the company were going to drive most of its products from Android or the self-driven Waymo auto.

Google says this new mode will help dissuade you from continuously using the phone in your bed past a certain hour by turning the phone's screen to greyscale. Earlier version of Android have also had the "clear all" button, which can be used to close all apps that are now being held in standby. Services such as food delivery and transportation will also be easier with the addition of third-party Actions available in the near future.

We're also seeing the introduction of a new enhanced battery-saver mode, which seriously puts your smartwatch on ice when engaged, killing radios, touch input, and tilt-to-wake functionality all in one go. Say, if you ask the Assistant to adjust your thermostat, it will show you a meter. It will now bring the actions you frequently do, around a given the time of day like going to a jog after office, or reading news in the morning, right from the launcher screen.

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