The new improved Google Home gadget has left us speechless


It's a giant milestone after a decade of existence. Android Go, however, is a different platform altogether.

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Now, Google is drawing upon that treasure trove to teach new tricks to its digital assistant, which debuted a year ago on its Pixel phone and an internet-connected speaker called Home that is trying to mount a challenge to Amazon's Echo.

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Google Home is getting new features such as the ability to make voice calls, with no need for a handset or app. Calls in the U.S. and Canada to fixed and mobile lines are free. In the United States, about 60% of K-12 laptops sold are Chromebooks.

For users, Instant Apps offer a few advantages. For example, asking Home for a location can now prompt Google Maps to open on your phone or your TV screen.

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One advantage point for Google Home is that the device will soon be launched in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Japan, bringing its total reach to seven countries. With Android Go, Google is clearly focusing on low-end devices, with limited internet connectivity.

Pichai said the company is rethinking all of its services in order to apply AI and machine learning technology across as many aspects of Google's business as possible.

"With picture-in-picture, you can seamlessly do two tasks simultaneously, like checking your calendar while planning a party on a Duo video call".

Smart Text Selection is coming as well with Android O, and it allows users to select groups of words rather than individually dragging and choosing specific words or entire texts. This Android O is created to make any phone and app startup faster than before.

Above: Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android, announced that 82 billion apps and games had been downloaded from Google Play, while onstage at Google I/O 2017. It's a new built-in comprehensive security service for Android phones that deletes possibly harmful apps. Play Protect will also come a Find My Device feature that helps users locate lost/missing devices, and will even allow users to remotely lock or wipe a device in such an event. It supports smartphones with less than 1GB memory. At the very least, aesthetically speaking.

Google is also crafting a lighter version of Android, referred to as "Go", designed for maximum performance on low-priced, entry-level smartphones in developing countries where internet bandwidth is lean or expensive.