Android P: 3 major features you should know about [I/O 2018]

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Google said it had improved the natural sound of the Assistant's voice, and will roll out six new voices later this year - including one provided by singer John Legend.

At the firm's annual I/O developer conference, Google's latest innovations included revamps for its Android operating system, as well as Gmail and virtual helper Google Assistant.

This new version of the Assistant is built on a tech machine learning technology called Wavenet, which the company started building out some 18 months ago.

Besides, users won't have to say "Hey Google" or "OK Google" every time to give a command.

Google has a new version of Android coming to your phone with features that will make it act more like an iPhone X.

If you're an avid Google Maps user, as accurate as the app is, it can be a challenge sometimes to follow the directions.

It still doesn't have an official name, but Android P is this week available to download and test on a number of devices. For example, if you need to call and book an appointment at a salon, Google Assistant (GA) will call the establishment for you and talk nearly like a human to book you a slot.

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You can also use it for everything you would use the Assistant for, such as setting timers, answering questions, and even placing grocery orders. When kids say "Please" during a command, they would receive thanks from the virtual assistant in response.

"Actions show up throughout Android in places like the Launcher, Smart Text Selection, the Play Store, the Google Search app and the Assistant". These devices would be launched in July.

In February, a group of former Apple, Facebook, and Google employees formed an anti-tech addiction coalition called the Center for Humane Technology.

Further impressive AI features to be announced at the conference included a Smart Compose feature that can write emails for you and the ability to colorize black and white photos using advanced object recognition. You can accept the completion by hitting the tab key. "In this case, it understands the subject is ataco Tuesday.' It takes care of mundane things like addresses so you can focus on what you want to type", Pichai explained. In fact, 500 million devices are now Assistant-compatible, and we can soon expect to see tons of new features from the A.I. helper, including those created by independent developers.

With these features, the competition in Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered assistants space seemed to have intensified.

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