Google IO 2018

Android P feature: New UI and Gestures

Android P feature: New UI and Gestures

Google will launch the next evolution in Android, simply called Android P for now, later on this year. Ahead of that, though, is a look at the changes users can expect -- and there are quite a few of them. Unlike past iterations of Android, the upcoming version will be designed to help users better manage the time they spend on their phone, quickly access the content they want, intelligently perform actions, and more.

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Android Digital Wellbeing is Google’s new biggest deal

Android Digital Wellbeing is Google’s new biggest deal

Today Digital Wellbeing for Android was introduced by Google VP of Product Management Sameer Samat at Google IO 2018. That's a set of controls and features which allow the user to assist themselves in regulating their use of their smart device - starting with the smartphone. Samat described Digital Wellbeing as the in-phone equivalent of locking one's phone in a hotel safe during a vacation - or at least that's what he started speaking about to get the crowd in the mood.

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Google News gets an AI-driven makeover

Google News gets an AI-driven makeover

Google News is a handy little tool, and lately, it's been given a lot of attention over at Google HQ. It's about to get even more, as a new makeover for Google News was announced a Google I/O 2018 today. After a brief introduction by CEO Sundar Pichai today, Trystan Upstill took the stage to discuss the new Google News, which leverages Google's work in AI to offer a deeper perspective on the stories of the moment.

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Watch Google Assistant call a restaurant for you

Watch Google Assistant call a restaurant for you

The Google Assistant will soon be able to make phone calls on your behalf. That's what Google CEO Sundar Pichai showed onstage today at Google IO 2018. The call itself wasn't live, right on stage, but the call was apparently 100% real. It didn't go as smoothly as was originally intended - but the Google Assistant kept up with the conversation just fine.

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Google Assistant adds professionally recorded voices and follow-up queries

Google Assistant adds professionally recorded voices and follow-up queries

Google I/O 2018 has officially begun, and as expected, the company is talking quite a bit about what it's doing to improve its efforts in the artificial intelligence space. Of course, Google Assistant is a big part of the company's AI initiatives, but here in 2018, it might be starting to sound a bit too familiar. That won't be an issue for much longer, as Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the Assistant will soon be getting six new voices.

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Google Smart Displays release dates and details

Google Smart Displays release dates and details

Google Assistant for Smart Displays was announced this week in further detail than we saw earlier this year. CES 2018 played host to a couple Smart Display devices - now we get to see what they're capable of. The first demonstration focused entirely on watching video - live video - with YouTube TV.

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Intel is counting on Android P to get its chips into cars

Intel is counting on Android P to get its chips into cars

Intel may have missed out on getting into smartphones, but it's not willing to do the same with smart cars, and it could well ride Android P's coattails to do it. The chip-maker has confirmed today that it's powering Volvo's new Android-based infotainment system that the Swedish automaker will be deploying on future vehicles.

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Why LG TV’s Google Assistant in 2018 is a big deal

Why LG TV’s Google Assistant in 2018 is a big deal

A bunch of new LG ThinQ TVs were announced this week at Google IO 2018. This isn't the first we've heard of this connection - it's just that now, it's for realz. It's a strange thing, announcing once back at CES 2018 that LG and Google had plans to do this, then again, now, when Google and LG confirmed that, yes, they are indeed going to push that Google Assistant to the LG TVs that are otherwise branded LG OLED TV AI ThinQ.

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Google I/O 2018 keynote livestream: How to watch, what to expect

Google I/O 2018 keynote livestream: How to watch, what to expect

It's the first day of Google I/O 2018, and if you're looking for the livestream of the big opening keynote, we've got you covered. Each year, Google brings together developers, press, and its own engineers and other employees for a run-down of what's new and special in the cloud, on Android, in autonomous vehicles, and more.

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This JBL Link Bar is Google’s first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

This JBL Link Bar is Google’s first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

Google has teamed up with JBL for the first Google Assistant powered soundbar, with the JBL Link Bar effectively baking together its voice AI and an Android TV box. Launched ahead of Google I/O 2018, the new gadget is designed to plug into a TV and bring all of Google's media streaming and voice control technologies in one fell swoop.

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Google’s big Android Things plan to dominate the IoT is here

Google’s big Android Things plan to dominate the IoT is here

Google's Android Things has graduated to v1.0, with final software and four new hardware designs announced for those wanting to fast-track Internet of Things devices like smart speakers and connected displays. Announced back in December 2016, Android Things was Google's attempt to make developing IoT products more straightforward, wrapping up Android, Brillo, and some turnkey hardware from partners into an easily-deployable package.

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Android Auto is getting a slick new interface

Android Auto is getting a slick new interface

Android Auto is about to get better looking and easier to use, cutting down on driver distraction in the car while putting your favorite media at easier reach. The in-car smartphone projection system is being updated at Google I/O 2018, complete with new UIs for third-party apps and smarter messaging.

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