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Google Assistant download leaks for Android

Google Assistant download leaks for Android

While Google's new "Google Assistant" system is meant to be limited to Pixel devices - at least in part - the system has leaked. While this leak might not last forever, right this minute, users are able to attain access to Google Assistant with a manual edit of their device's build.prop file. Users that have no idea what a build.prop would do well to skip this process, as it could have adverse and negative effects on their device's software, and therefore end experience.

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Google Assistant will be funny: Onion and Pixar writers onboard

Google Assistant will be funny: Onion and Pixar writers onboard

In a world where artificial intelligence is becoming more commonplace in everyday life, there seems to be a bit of a push to give these AI companions a little personality. Whether it's acting awkward at the mention of a dirty word or delivering a quip when given a compliment, AI like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa are already capable of engaging in something resembling a conversation, but Google is looking to take that one step further with Google Assistant.

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Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Days before the Google Pixel finally broke cover, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of a certain Andromeda OS being revealed as well. Andromeda was an intriguing though highly debatable idea, a true unification of Google’s two operating systems, Android and Chrome. In the end, of course, it didn’t come to pass. But what Google did was not only not announce any such Android and Chrome OS merger, it actually revealed something that, in the long run, would make both of those irrelevant, or at least invisible, to the user, in a future where everyone has their own, personal, Google Assistant.

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Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Let the conspiracy theories roll. In an investigation done on the still rolling update to the Google Search Android app, Android Police discovered that almost all but one publicly visible reference to Google Now has been removed, replaced instead by descriptions of their corresponding functionality. Given how heated the personal digital assistant competition has been, it is probably not the case that Google is bowing out. Instead, it could simply be paving the way for a “re-launch” under the upcoming Google Assistant heading.

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Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Aside from making its own smartphone, Google is also rumored to be making its own Google Assistant powered Android Wear smartwatches. Admittedly, that might be an easier sell than a self-made Nexus. That said, just like the smartphone rumors, details on these two smartwatches are still quite vague, but now there are a few more tidbits to chew on. Renders based on "reliable" but highly anonymous sources show how the two, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, will most likely look like, and how wildly they'll differ not just in design but in functionality as well.

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Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google is about to take over "am I sick" searches. They're going to do this with smart parsing of the terms you search - sussing out the ones they're able to tell you more about. If, for example, you search for "why does the left side of my head hurt", Google will tell you about the sort of headache you likely have. And why? Why would Google take the time to do this? Because "roughly 1 percent of searches on Google (think: millions!) are symptom related," according to Google's Veronica Pinchin, Product Manager.

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The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

At the 2016 Google I/O 2016 developers conference, the company revealed software for their products and specifications for hardware for the future. Today we're running down all the bits and pieces in as simplified a way as possible for the common user - with links to more in-depth data collections for those that wish to go the extra mile. This wrap-up will be updated as Google and friends reveal more information throughout the week, and will be locked up at the end of the event series.

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No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

If you've ever gone looking for a friend to chat to, but nobody's online, don't worry: Google has your back. In Allo, the company's new messaging app, there's not only a friends list made up of your human contacts, but "@google", the chatting embodiment of the Google Assistant.

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This is Google Home, the answer to Alexa

This is Google Home, the answer to Alexa

Google has taken the wraps off Google Home, its push to bring the Google Assistant into the heart of the family, and push back at Amazon's Alexa in the process. A compact, almost teardrop-shaped gadget, Google Home works as a WiFi speaker but also a way to navigate Google searches by voice, and more.

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