Google is looking to AI to vault Android ahead of iOS


Android TV, Google's television platform based off its flagship mobile platform, will soon support Google Assistant, Google announced at I/O 2017. Google says there's no setup or app required - just ask the assistant to make the call and it'll handle the task.

"As Android continues to take advantage of machine learning to improve the user experience", Google said in a blog post, "we want our developer partners to be able to do the same".

The Google Play Store on Android Go phones will highlight apps optimized for low-resource phones.

As with every new version of Android, we are getting a bunch of new features such as picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, and much more.

Nearly a year ago, Google announced Instant Apps, a technology that would allow you to use apps without even installing them.

Alphabet's Google is bringing its digital assistant to Apple's iPhone, making a play for the higher end of the smartphone market and challenging Apple's Siri feature on its own devices.

The new software is created to run versions of Google apps that require less data. Google will also let you share whole photo libraries with others.

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At the same Google I/O session, Google also detailed some interesting new ways that people will be able to make payments, both to vendors and retailers, and to one another through its first peer-to-peer operation.

It also comes as Google was expected to unveil more partnerships and initiatives in artificial intelligence at its developers conference in California. Case in point, the service will be integrated with the new Google Lens tool and its built-in recognition technology.

At this time it appears Google Assistant is only available in the U.S. app store.

Exhausted of Siri? Well, you can now get the "chatty" Google Assistant installed on your iPhone.

Using machine learning, Google states that the service scans 50 billion apps each day, "always on the lookout for new risks, identifying potentially harmful apps and keeping them off your device or removing them".

"There are now more Android users in India than there are in the USA", said Sameer Samat, the VP of product management for Android and Google Play.