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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 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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Android P just got one serious security fix (long overdue)

Android P just got one serious security fix (long overdue)

This week we've learned of a fix to a security flaw in Android that's plagued the platform for years. The problem begins at a piece of Android called /proc/net. That's a bit of Android which currently has no restrictions for apps - they're able to read this bit of your phone's code any time they like. With this access, an app can see your TCP and UDP files, and check what you're connected to.

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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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Volvo is baking Google Assistant, Maps and Android apps into its next cars

Volvo is baking Google Assistant, Maps and Android apps into its next cars

Volvo plans to bake Google Maps, the Google Assistant, and other services into its dashboards, offering the functionality regardless of the type of smartphone drivers might have. The new feature was announced on the eve of Google I/O 2018, the search giant's annual developer event.

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Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Formally, Google I/O is the company annual event to connect with developers as well as partners spanning its entire platform and product range. It is also a time for Google to share its direction not just for specific products but for the company as a whole as well. So while the schedule and topics of talks are public, its grand vision, expressed in keynotes, is still under wraps. Given Google's focus these past months, however, we can pretty much predict what it will be delivering on stage in a few hours.

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Wear OS by Google puts a smarter Assistant on your wrist

Wear OS by Google puts a smarter Assistant on your wrist

Wear OS by Google is getting a supercharged Google Assistant experience, the company has announced today, with the rebranded smartwatch platform adding new voice control features. The new integrations were revealed ahead of Google I/O 2018, the company's annual developer event set to take place in San Jose, CA next week.

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