Volvo cars equipped with voice assistant from Google

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Volvo cars equipped with voice assistant from Google

Google knows just how annoying notifications can be and is introducing a powerful feature in the Android P to help users find some quiet time.

The Lens product was initially announced at last year's I/O event, at which point the feature was in more of a beta phase.

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". Think autocorrect, but for entire sentences rather than just a single word. Maybe you'll finally use your Android phone to read a bit more. However, smart gestures are also included to compete with Apple's navigation gestures. This device will have all the capabilities of the Google Home smart speakers, but will also be able to play YouTube videos, make video calls, check the weather, and do a variety of other actions, all powered by the more powerful Google Assistant AI. I'm really hoping for Android Pez or Android Pop-rocks, but Android Payday, Android Popsicle, and Android Pixy Stix would also suffice.

Android P beta was released by Google on Tuesday along with some of the features details. One can also copy and paste text from the real world like recipes, gift card codes, or Wi-Fi passwords to your phone. The system will employ machine-learning to glean some pattern from the smartphone habits of a particular user and will attempt to guess which app the user will likely use next. By letting users set time limits on their app use, a quick phone break can't spiral into a full-blown digital bender. For example, if you plug in your headphones, Android P will suggest that you open your favorite music app if that's normally what you do after you plug in your headphones. This year the Android P beta version will be available on 11 phones, not only on Google Pixel models. It's doing this in a few ways, but one of the more prominent is through the new interactions Assistant will be able to make on the user's behalf for setting up appointments and such. In DP1, those revolved around the width and height of the notch, ranging from narrow like the essential PH-1 to wide like the iPhone X to tall.

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