As part of this rebrand, the company has also changed the homepage for Google AI so that it features published research on varying subject matters, stories of AI, and a range of tools and resources that users can use. But while it might seem like a blatant rip-off of Apple's iPhone X navigation, Google's method-which is says it's been working on since before the iPhone X landed-differs from Apple's in meaningful ways. In fact, 500 million devices are now Assistant-compatible, and we can soon expect to see tons of new features from the A.I. helper, including those created by independent developers.
We're still digging through all the announcements from Google I/O 2018 Day 1.
Some new features for Android phones also aim to improve people's digital well-being, including a new "shush" mode that automatically puts a phone in "do not disturb" mode if you flip it face down on a table.
Finally, Wind Down will switch on Night Light when it gets dark, and it will turn on Do Not Disturb and fade the screen to gray at your chosen bedtime to help you do not forget to get to sleep at the time you want.
Dashboard will display just how often you open an app, and how long you spend within them.
The Google Photos app aims to get smarter about suggesting who you might want to share photos with. Barring Nokia and Google, all the other manufacturers in the list offer a modified version of Android on their offerings.
The All of Me singer's voice is one of seven new ones joining the Google Assistant.
Of note: The "return" button at the bottom of the screen appears for some of these gestures, so it isn't completely gone.
Finally, Pichai wants to push Google's AI capabilities to enhance digital well-being and allow users to achieve a desired balance with technology. Now Google is back at it again. It's able to work with a remote control, reportedly runs Android TV and is expected to run Android P once the device ships out to developers. It will be available on iOS and Android this summer.
Gone is Android's horizontal swipe-to-close app recent apps page, and in comes its new vertical layout. It's mainly because of the new scrolling bar, which makes sense visually, but Google's UI cuts down on how much you can actually see on your screen.
That doesn't mean you can't interact via touch with these apps at all.