Google Scoops Apple with 2 Major Announcements About Assistant

Alicia Guzman
May 18, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai hosted his second Google I/O as the company's chief today. Oreo, maybe? Google has already rolled out developer previews for Android O, and we might finally get to see the OS in action and get an idea as to the features that will make the final cut. Google is also expected to unveil updates for the Android Auto platform for existing users and new systems that will deploy this add-on-Android Auto is expected to get significant usability tweaks, and wider compatibility. There are now two billion active Android devices, 500 million active Google Photos users and 1.2 billion videos and photos uploaded to Google Photos every day.

There were a lot of interesting announcements coming out of Google I/O today, particularly if you're an Android fan. You can now ask Assistant to order you a pizza and even pay for it. Google says it'll default to using a private number, but you can link your personal number to the function as well.

Google Assistant - Bloomberg reported the voice-activate software, Assistant, which completes with Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alex, will come to iOS, Apple's mobile operating system.

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More servicesGoogle Home is a great Bluetooth speaker and it's been helped by the integration of services like Spotify and Google Play Music. From the keynote to the individual talks, this is what we're expecting to see launched. It has three killer VR apps - Tiltbrush, Google Earth, and Owlchemy Labs' Job Simulator - but none of them work on Daydream. And because we're super nice, we'll save you going there and embed the whole thing below as soon as it's available.

At I/O 2017, Google could provide the official name for Android O, given the near unanimous support on the Web for "Oreo", though that's unlikely given last year's contest strategy.

The vision of AI first has already been seen to a certain extent with the Google Assistant running on Google Home devices and also present in the latest versions of Android.

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Additionally, Google Home is getting proactive assistance or notifications, which is a fancy way of saying that it'll be able to ping you with notifications or alerts (Ex: flight or traffic alerts).

The move extends the potential reach of Google's assistant, which debuted last fall on the company's Pixel phone and an internet-connected speaker called Home.

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