New update to make Google Assistant more life-like

Gwen Vasquez
May 10, 2018

The lynchpin is Google's use of Debian Stretch - that is to say, as long as there is a version of the code that runs on Debian, you'll be fine to code and run in any IDE you like.

The Assistant is now also able to have a back-and-forth conversation without users having to repeat the "Hey, Google" wake phrase before each command, and will also be able to make multiple requests at once for the first time.

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

Company CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google has been working on newer and more life-like version of its spoken AI that features natural voice that is "closer to how humans speak".

"To help you understand habits, focus on what matters, switch off and wind down". They just have to do this once to strike the conversation with the Assistant.

Pichai played a recording of the Google Assistant independently calling a hair salon and a restaurant to make bookings - interacting with staff who evidently didn't realize they were dealing with artificial intelligence software, rather than a real customer. Every good Android platform needs a device that gets day-one updates from Google so that when Google releases a new software update, developers can actually use it on a device and make apps that support the new features.

As you type, Smart Compose pops up suggestions about what you might want to write next - similar to Google autocomplete.

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As of today, the Google Assistant is available on more than 500 million devices, works with over 5,000 connected home devices and in cars from more than 40 brands.

Machine learning is also at the core of Android P that is built on the key themes of intelligence, simplicity and digital well being.

Nevertheless, AI will reportedly help improve the battery performance in Android P. If Google wants to re-train Android users to use gestures instead of virtual buttons, they need to go all-in, not provide an oddly placed crutch. Developers are in charge of defining which actions you can perform with a swipe and a tap, but if you've seen media and app controls take up residence in your Android phone's notification shade, you basically know exactly what to expect.

Swiping down still shows your notification screen.

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Maps will also be getting a new tab called "For You" that will be the home for recommendations the app the tailored just for you.

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