Google IO 2018

Google is suspiciously quiet about its incredible Duplex AI demo

Google is suspiciously quiet about its incredible Duplex AI demo

Google's most controversial demo of I/O 2018, its Duplex AI that apparently made reservations on behalf of the phone-averse, now faces questions as to just how real the showcase was. The technology, which used artificial intelligence to hold a conversation with employees at both a restaurant and a hair salon, prompted concern from some, for failing to disclose that it wasn't a real person.

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Android at I/O 2018: Google’s smarter play

Android at I/O 2018: Google’s smarter play

As expected, Google devoted a good chunk of its I/O 2018 stage and press time to Android. But unlike previous I/Os, Android wasn't just an independent, major Google product among other Google products. This time, it was part of a bigger whole. If there were one pervasive theme in Google's entire conference, it would be the use of machine learning and AI to make our lives easier and better. Naturally, that theme applies even to Android and not just in a future version but even starting very soon.

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Chrome OS Linux support brings Android Studio to Chromebooks

Chrome OS Linux support brings Android Studio to Chromebooks

Chrome OS is slowly but surely transforming into an all-in-one, general purpose operating system, the Google OS that many might have been waiting for. While running Windows software is still a bit roundabout, Chrome OS already supports directly running Android apps and, announced at I/O 2018, now Linux apps as well. More than just simply increasing the number of things you can run on a Chromebook, this move opens up the platform for development, including creating Android apps right on Chromebooks.

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ARCore now supports shared experiences and walls

ARCore now supports shared experiences and walls

As expected, Google had a thing or two to share about its VR and AR endeavors, mostly the latter. And, as expected, it's not exactly much. Make no mistake, though, the updates Google has announced for its ARCore augmented reality platform for Android are not just much-needed ones, they are also long overdue. Now AR app developers will be able to create experiences that can be seen and experienced by more than one device, including ones that can get pinned on walls.

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ADT-2 Android TV developer device is Google’s mystery 4K HDMI dongle

ADT-2 Android TV developer device is Google’s mystery 4K HDMI dongle

Last month, we saw a teardrop-shaped G-branded dongle appear at the FCC with few details. The HDMI device was featured with a remote control, USB charger, and a "4K ATV Stick" label. Though somewhat shaped like a Chromecast, the Shenzhen SEI Robotics company listed on the FCC filing raised doubt over whether it was actually a Google device. Now we know the answer.

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The top 5 things we saw at Google I/O 2018

The top 5 things we saw at Google I/O 2018

Google's annual I/O event is now underway following its keynote earlier today. The company had a lot to say about its products, the work it is doing now, and the plans it has for the future. There's a lot to unpack from the event, but a handful of thing stand out among the rest, including all the details on Android P, a surprise Waymo announcement, and more.

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Google Maps is about to get personal: all the new features coming soon

Google Maps is about to get personal: all the new features coming soon

Google Maps is about to be revamped with a more personal experience, Google has revealed, helping users figure out where to eat, where to stop for drinks, and more. The company aims to eliminate the current seemingly endless scrolling involved with "recommended restaurants," replacing it with faster, smarter suggestions. In coming months, users will see a new Explore tab and more.

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Android P makes it easier to get rid of annoying notifications

Android P makes it easier to get rid of annoying notifications

Android P isn't just bringing gestures and UI changes: the system will offer even more control over its already excellent notification management, enabling users to refine what alerts they get and when. The changes were detailed by Google at its keynote today, where it showed us everything coming to Android later this year.

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Google Lens is coming to Android’s camera app with a bunch of new features

Google Lens is coming to Android’s camera app with a bunch of new features

Google Lens is a cool piece of technology as it is, but beginning next week, it's going to become a lot more accessible. No longer hidden away inside Google Photos and Assistant, Lens will soon be coming to Android camera app on a sizable number of devices. While we'd expect it to be added to the camera app on Google's own Pixel lineup, the full range of manufacturers supporting this roll out may surprise you.

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Download Android P Public Beta for these 11 phones

Download Android P Public Beta for these 11 phones

Today we're having a peek at the Android P Public Beta as it's made available through Google. This system update installs a beta version of Android P (PPP2.180412.013 on your smartphone this afternoon. This update is a "pre-release" edition of Android P, and should be treated as such. Users must opt-in to the Android Beta program to be a part of this preview update.

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Waymo self-driving car service will launch in Phoenix this year

Waymo self-driving car service will launch in Phoenix this year

Alphabet has announced plans to launch a Waymo self-driving car service later this year. The service will be launching first in Phoenix, Arizona, where residents and visitors will be able to order a fully autonomous car using the mobile app. Though Waymo isn't the first company to launch a self-driving car service for the public, it does offer a twist: there won't be a human safety driver in the vehicles.

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Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P is almost certainly the biggest reason why many people are interested in today's Google I/O keynote, and it turns out the next version of Android will give a lot of focus to a common pain point for many Android users: battery life. Google will once again be leveraging its work in AI (we're noticing a trend this year) in a new Android P feature called Adaptive Battery.

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