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Google Home will soon be able to make voice calls

Google Home will soon be able to make voice calls

At Google's annual I/O developers conference in California on Wednesday, the Alphabet (GOOGL) unit introduced Google Lens, a feature that uses machine learning technology to analyze a person's surroundings and provide suggestions based on what's around them - all using the camera on a smartphone.

The 2017 I/O schedule is packed with challenges, talks, and other news in the world of development.

The conference will be streamed across multiple YouTube channels because of the many events that are set to coincide with one another. (The current version of Android is the N version, Nougat.) It often takes years for a new version of the software to make it to older phones, and never arrives at all for some.

The virtual assistant, which debuted as an exclusive feature on Google's latest flagship phone - Google Pixel, is now available as a standalone iOS app. Executives are also likely to detail plans for expanding the reach and capabilities of a voice-controlled digital assistant now available on some smartphones and an internet-connected speaker called Home.

The first item on Google's list is the "Picture-in-picture" feature (pictured down below), and most of you probably know what's this about. Not only did it star in its own segment, but Google announced numerous new features coming soon to the device.




The smart assistant, which now runs on 100 million devices, will soon be available for the iPhone, letting the assistant live alongside Apple's Siri.

"Whether you're at home or on the go, your Assistant is ready to help".

Google also gives very detailed Developer Tools in O, breaking down network, memory and CPU in an easily visible tab in Android Studio. Another big change to Google Home is the ability to make hands-free calls to the U.S. or Canada for free. In 2016, Google announced the Google Assistant, the start of a project that would encompass what it had learned from previous attempts. This way, Assistant answers will be displayed on the big screen when a Chromecast is plugged in. Pinterest has a similar tool too.

This feature is being sweetened with the general availability of Spotify's free tier on the Google Home device. Many of Google's products are also vying against similar offerings from other tech conglomerates like Amazon and Microsoft.


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