Google Assistant redesigns its settings page on phones

Obviously, Pichai started with the numbers.

On Day 1 at Google I/O at the Shoreline Amphitheater at their Mountain View headquarters, Google celebrated a big milestone of reaching 2 billion monthly active Android devices globally. Google had introduced rounded icons for the Pixel users in the past. It does let you input calendar appointments, set timers, jot down shopping lists, look up contacts, and get reminders, but all of that functionality works only with Google's own services. Google has also revealed that the Assistant is now available on more than 100 million devices.

Simply pointing a phone at a restaurant would bring up reviews of it. Google's initial roadmap showcased that the Android O would release in four phases: the second of which was expected to come out between May and June. From creating an internet browser to a social media outlet to using Google Glass for the Health system, Google always tries to make our lives better. Not only can you connect to WI-FI by taking a picture of a router's barcode (praise it), you can translate signs in real time (genial!).

Next, you'll be asked to give Google Assistant permission to access certain data about your iPhone and your web and app activity. Instead of talking to your digital assistant, you just need to type a text. And Smart Text Selection improves copy and paste-because who enjoys fumbling with text selection handles? The play store that will be accessible on Android Go will also highlight applications that the engineers have fine tuned for it. Samat says Google is in now in discussions with device makers, but nothing has been locked down yet.

Among other things, Google unveiled new ways for its massive network of computers to identify images, as well as recommend, share, and organize photos.

After announcing DayDream VR previous year, a phone-based virtual reality push, now Google is working on standalone VR headsets, working with HTC, Lenovo and other third-party hardware makers. No release date as of now. Until now, cameras could only take pictures and record videos.

"The problem is that once you have a phone with updates, we can't just change the apps on you", Burke told us.

Android O also includes other redesigned emoji but the differences here don't seem stark, at least in the few that are available to us right now. Play Protect detects and removes apps that might be harmful.

The most visual, and therefore most exciting, news is in Google Lens.

Though to be fair, Android fans that may own a Chromebook, a Samsung tablet and an Apple iPhone for instance, Google Assistant will find a friend who's more familiar with Google Assistant and knows that over time Google's engineers will fix most of the short comings that Gurman has amply and glaringly pointed out. It also addresses apps downloaded from third-party app stores that aren't subject to Google's automated malware scanner Verify Apps, part of the Google Play app store.

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