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I Broke Google Duplex, But It’s Still Impressive

Among updates about new features coming to Android P, a new direction for Android Wear, and improved image recognition in Google Lens, the thing that really stole the show at Google I/O 2018 was Duplex, the automated phone service that can make a dinner reservation or an appointment at a hair salon without you ever needing to actually dial a number. Read More >>

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Google Photos’ Slick Object-Removal Feature Never Arrived Because Other Stuff Got in the Way

Remember when Google showed off a cool trick that would automatically remove things like fences or window panes from the foreground of your photos? Originally demoed at Google I/O 2017, the object-removal feature was supposed to be incorporated into Google Photos. But after waiting a year for the feature to go live, Google’s annual dev conference swung ‘round again and object removal was still a no show. So what happened? Read More >>

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Google Swears Its Duplex AI Assistant Will Tell You It’s a Bot Calling

Earlier this week at the Google I/O developer festival, the company debuted Duplex, its eerily accurate human voice system that impersonates a bumbling intern making calls on your behalf. According to Google, Duplex is able to schedule appointments and book restaurant reservations by making actual phone calls for you. What Google didn’t say was whether the human on the other end would know it was talking to a bot. But now the company says it’s working on a feature to solve that problem, according to CNET. Read More >>

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An Empowered Assistant Is How Wear OS Could Get Back on Track

When Google changed the name of its smartwatch OS from Android Wear to Wear OS, I was pissed. Not because the name sucked, as Wear OS does do a better job of reflecting the platform’s support for both Android and iOS devices. The problem was that the rebranding didn’t come with any new features or updates that advanced the capabilities of the platform. That meant the name change was more symbolic than anything, or at the very least, poorly timed. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Impersonating a Human Is Scary as Hell to Me

Google could soon have a feature that lets your phone impersonate people—because consumer-facing artificial intelligence isn’t terrifying enough. Called Duplex, it’s intended to make people’s lives easier by handling standard phone calls that are necessary, but not especially personal. Read More >>

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How to Try the Android P Public Beta Right Now

The next big release of Android is available today in the form of a public beta release, and you can try it now—if you happen to own one of the eleven devices that are supporting the OS update right out of the box. Read More >>

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All the New Features Coming to Google Lens

Lens is Google’s experimental, camera-powered search engine, but up until today, the service was buried inside Google’s Assistant and the Google Photos app. Lens still isn’t getting its own standalone app, but now Google is merging the feature into the default camera apps on a handful of Android devices, including the Pixel. With new prominence, Google is updating Lens with a handful of features that should land on your phone sometime “over the next few weeks.” Read More >>

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Google’s New ‘Digital Wellbeing’ Android Features Save You From Your Phone

Smartphones have fundamentally transformed our world but the downside of all of this is that your phone owns you. Remember the last time you left your phone at home? It sucked! In an effort to help improve what it calls your “Digital Wellbeing,” Google’s introducing a collection of features designed to make your phone less addictive, and you more aware of the time you spend staring at it. Read More >>

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Everything Coming to Android P Announced at Google I/O 2018

Is it going to be called Pancake or Peppermint? Or how about Popsicle? Well, whatever Google ends up deciding on, if history is any indication, we’re not going to know for sure until the autumn. So to hold us over, why don’t we take a look at all the new updates and features Google showed off for Android at I/O 2018. Read More >>

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Google’s Adding New Conversational Skills to Google Assistant

The Google I/O keynote is happening right now, and as expected one of the topics of discussion is Google Assistant, the virtual AI that lives inside Google-affiliated gadgets. Assistant is getting some new features to help with the whole conversation side of things, making life easier for everyone using it. Read More >>

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Watch the 2018 Google I/O Keynote Live Right Here

Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference, kicks off today with a keynote at 6pm BST led by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who will no doubt wax about the major projects Google’s been working on since its last conference. Are you ready for extremely nerdy details about Android P? It’s a bit too late to hop on a plane and grab a seat at the event, but fortunately, you can enjoy it from the comfort of your chair. Read More >>

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Android Things Gets Official 1.0 Release. Wait, What the Heck Is Android Things?

Android Things was first shown off back at Google I/O 2016, and now, two years later, Google’s nebulous internet of things platform is finally getting an official release ahead of the 2018 edition of Google’s annual developer conference. Read More >>

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What to Expect at Google I/O 2018 

Google’s big once-a-year developer conference kicks off Tuesday May 8. While much of Google I/O is meant to support coders and the people who create apps and software for Google’s various platforms, what gets announced at the event will impact anyone who uses Android, Chrome OS, Wear OS, or any of Google’s many first-party apps—so basically everyone. Here are the big announcements we’re expecting to see (and a few things we won’t) at Google I/O 2018. Read More >>

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For Better or Worse, Google Is Apparently Getting Down With the Notch

Android Oreo hasn’t even landed on one per cent of Android Phones yet, but Google is already looking ahead to the next big update for the world’s most popular mobile OS. And if a report from Bloomberg is true, Android P could make it easier for phone makers to design devices with unusual displays. Read More >>

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Google’s Coolest Tech Is Getting Harder and Harder to See

Google always uses its annual I/O developer conference as a place to trot out some of its biggest and most exciting product updates. You’d be forgiven for feeling like this year was kind of a dud. There were no new gadgets, no new moonshot projects, and not even cool new swag like Google Cardboard headsets. The keynote was essentially just a boring two-hour lecture about small, incremental updates to existing products. Read More >>