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Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets”

Stay tuned for more updates from Google I/O.

If you're not familiar with Google I/O, it's the company's yearly developer conference.

Augmented and virtual reality have been at the forefront of a number of critical areas in technology over the last couple of years.

Programming algorithms that run on TPUs will require the use of TensorFlow, the open source machine learning framework that originated at Google. The Google Lens uses the company's Deep Learning method.

Google introduced its VR platform Daydream previous year. I particular, Bloomberg reckons that Google will be showing off both the Audi Q8 and the Volvo V90 SUVs, which will come complete with Android built-in. Google says Home will also feature "proactive assistance", which means notifying you ahead of time if you need to leave early to beat traffic, for example.

Googles object identification (the "What is that" part) in Google Lens is impressive, but also not necessarily groundbreaking.

"We are now witnessing a new shift in computing: the move from a mobile-first to an AI-first world", Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said during an opening presentation.

At I/O, Google will show off live demonstrations of the operating system running on the Audi Q8 and Volvo V90 SUVs.

The company is realizing the evolving ways in which people take and share photos, and recognizing that even with a bevy of photo-sharing social media tools like Instagram and Facebook, sometimes people just want to share regular photos. Plus, you can always expect Google to spring something out of the blue.

Google's digital assistant is hoping to outsmart Siri on Apple's iPhone. They believe computers can take over more of the tedious, grunt work so humans have more time to think about deeper things and enjoy their lives with friends and family. Previously, Google Play only offered ads in search. The news service also reports that Assistant will be built into General Electric (GE) home appliances "such as refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, washers and dryers".

While Amazon's Echo speaker has emerged as the most popular device in the category, Google repeatedly touted its ability to use artificial intelligence to identify multiple users, an edge it has over Amazon. Of course, to most of us, it's the opening keynote that will be most interesting. There is also a crucial difference between the two companies.

Owners may also wonder why the developers took so long to incorporate a very basic feature, which is of enormous importance nonetheless.

"For Google's AI work well, it needs loads and loads of personal information". This type of positional tracking means the device can detect a user's movements in physical space, like keeping track of whether they have taken a step forward or backward, tilted their body forward, or squatted down.

According to XDA Developers, the v2.3 update for the Google Home app may bring a host of enhancements to the smart speaker.

Yet, the Google I/O keynote reminds us that Google also has the potential to do, and help others do, enormous good with artificial intelligence. Unlike the dedicated app rows, this row pulls recommendations from all the installed (and compatible Android TV apps), much the same as the current recommendations row does. Google Home is getting Bluetooth casting capabilities so you can play anything you want through the Home.



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