Google tech can make phone calls for users

It even says "um" and "mm-hmm". Games editor Rishi Alwani and reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Pranay Parab to discuss. We begin the episode by talking about all the new and interesting features of the upcoming version of Google's operating system for smartphones and tablets. It knows what emails you check and which ones you delete.

Google argued on stage at Google I/O and again in the supporting Google Duplex blog post that the idea behind the system is to carry out very specific tasks such as scheduling a hair appointment or book a table. Google has yet to show a live demo. While Apple's biggest event is usually some sort of iPhone announcement, much of Google's advancements and industry dominance is due to their software - much of which is announced at events like Google I/O 2018. The changes are coming in the next few months. "It's just that, as of now, there are only a handful of phones that do, and these are currently all Google devices". When the human hairdresser said that they didn't have a free appointment for 12pm, that's when things got interesting. (You can add certain VIP contacts that still break through.) That seems way easier than activating a phone setting, though it's not clear how a phone might get confused when it's in your pocket or bag. Android P will have augmented reality (AR) features to help people navigate their surroundings, and the ability to preview apps before downloading them.

The Google Assistant even adds in umms and ahs in order to make itself appear more human.


Last, but certainly not least, is a focus on Computer Vision moving forward. It has 8 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. The restaurant says it only accepts reservations for larger parties, so the Google Assistant asks about wait times for the night in question.

The company has ensured security by putting the Linux app environment inside a security sandbox, running inside a virtual machine. The two leads on the project, Yaniv Leviathan and Yossi Matias, are both men with long and distinguished careers at Google's R&D centre in Israel. The press (and consumers) demand it and, more often than not, the technology companies oblige. "With Android P, we're going beyond simply predicting the next app to launch to predicting the next action you want to take". The feature can find name of a building or recognize a dog breed, just snapping a picture of it. Sometimes it'll go back to a previous app, and sometimes it'll go back to the previous page in the current app. It can also convert photos to PDFs and automatically add color to black-and-white photos or make part of a color photo black and white. In case you were wondering: yes, that's legal. Regulation, he said, may be necessary to require bots to self-identify.

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