Android O Will Thwart Battery-Draining Apps

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Another good thing is that there are even more third-party companies involved according to what Google just said.

In addition, Pichai announced that Google will be working on the hardware side of AI technology equation with the launch of its new Cloud Tensor Processing Units, or Cloud TPUs.

So it certainly raised a few eyebrows today, when Google's Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson said that "Android was built with security in mind from day one", pointing to application sandboxing as the basis for that claim.

Android and Google Home devices already support Google Assistant (with iOS support rolling out as well), but the search giant wants its AI-empowered virtual assistant in more devices. At the moment, it remains to be seen how customizable the interface (namely the home screen - leanback launcher) will be.

There is no official dessert name for the latest version of Google's mobile OS, but Android O is now available for download in beta. Some of the unveiled products won't be out until later this year.

Google has taught new tricks to its digital assistant, which debuted past year on its Pixel phone and an internet-connected speaker called Home that is trying to mount a challenge to Amazon's Echo.

With those personalized improvements, however, will come an even greater demand for data from Google services.

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Battery life - With Android O, Google is introducing what it calls Wise which reigns in on errant background processes in order to maintain the juice on a device.

But I usually just go with Alexa, because "Alexa" is way easier to say than "OK Google".

A new service called Google Lens will give Assistant a new power.

So if the smartphone dies, as Microsoft and Facebook expect it will, Google Assistant stands to actually outlive Android. Lens uses your phone's camera and looks at images to help you get things done.

The announcement heralds a step by Google, whose Android operating system runs on the majority of the world's smartphones, to get a foothold on Apple's phones, which have smaller market share but are used by people who tend to spend more on technology, Reuters reports.

Now, Google is splitting up these recommendations by service, meaning that Netflix, YouTube and other apps on the platform automatically get their own row, or channel, as Google officially calls it. Android Engineering Vice President Dave Burke said users now also have the option to "snooze" notifications, if they do not want to be bothered by incessant updates over a 15-, 30- or 60-minute period.

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

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