Google shifts focus to apps and AI for mobile

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

Addressing an audience of thousands of developers in Mountain View, California, Google executives delivered a broad-based update to their product portfolio which also included a slate of new features for the Google Home speaker, a job search tool and even a set of new virtual reality headsets.

Google is also planning to bring Assistant to more devices, including TVs, wearables, and cars - as well as third-party devices, including iPhone.

Google had launched Android Device Manager App way back in 2013 that enables users to track lost or stolen Android devices.

"Integrating our full suite of connected appliances with the Google Assistant makes it easier for owners to control their appliances and get on with their day".

Every supported app will each have a page on the Assistant App Directory.

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The Google Assistant debuted past year on the company's own hardware, and Google has gradually extended the tool to devices from other manufacturers running on its Android operating system. It will first be available as part of Google's voice-controlled digital assistant - which bears the straightforward name "Google Assistant" - and Photos app.

The wide variety of announcements focused around what Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated as the core mission of "Organizing the world's information".

The move is good news for developers looking to flirt with the use of apps that bypass the need for installation, which could be used to ensure that users of said apps are more engaged in them, rather than needing to wait for a time sapping download and install process, complete with authorising any permissions an app may need to data and a phone's features.

Another tool in Google Photos will prompt you to share photos you take with people you know.

Instant Apps continues to ramp up on the latest Android devices in more than 40 countries.

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