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Say goodbye to Google’s gumdrop blob emojis

Say goodbye to Google’s gumdrop blob emojis

Some things are amusing the first few times you see them but become grating the longer you think about them. Or sometimes, such things are immediately unpleasant to others. Such is the case for many artistic products and is definitely the case with Google's emojis. After a journey of half a decade, Google has finally decided to be less liberal in its interpretation of emojis. Starting Android O later this year, Google's emojis will mostly sport the same circular face we all know and love.

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Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

At a Google I/O where the Google Assistant held center stage, it was a service I'm already deeply committed to, Google Photos, which arguably made best mainstream use of the growing AI. Like Google's most successful products, the integration between the Assistant and the cloud photo service ignored technological showboating in favor of just plain useful features that address real sharing hassles users experience every day. Indeed, as nudges to sharing goes, it's hard to see how Google Photos could now make it any easier without bypassing the human user altogether.

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Google Play Protect has been protecting Android devices for years

Google Play Protect has been protecting Android devices for years

Machine learning was the pervading theme of Google's keynote at I/O 2017, and it has found ways to inject it into almost every nook and cranny possible. Case in point is the "all new" Google Play Protect, which uses machine learning to weed out malicious Android apps and keep them from harming your device. As impressive as that might sound, this something Google has actually been doing on Android for years now. At least those Android devices with Google Play Services.

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This is what Embedded Android is like in Audi’s Google I/O concept car

This is what Embedded Android is like in Audi’s Google I/O concept car

Android may have spread to the dashboard, but Google won't be happy until its OS fully colonizes the auto industry. At Google I/O 2017, it's showing off the next phase of that plan, cars from Audi and Volvo running the new Embedded Android for Automotive. In the case of this gleaming metallic orange Audi Q8 sport concept, that means the German automaker's regular MMI infotainment system has been cast out and replaced with a new, Android-based alternative. We clambered inside the hybrid SUV concept to check it out.

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Google Calendar and Todoist get real-time task and event syncing

Google Calendar and Todoist get real-time task and event syncing

Todoist has announced a new integration with Google Calendar that brings users of both apps 'real-time, 2-way sync,' increasing one's ability to both organize and visualize their schedule and tasks. This integration means, to put it simply, that changes made in one app will be instantly synced to and reflected within the other app, offering seamless use for the best of both worlds.

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Smart Reply in Gmail arrives on Android and iOS

Smart Reply in Gmail arrives on Android and iOS

Phones have long offered preset text replies for those times you're too busy to peck out a response: something like "I'm busy, I'll call you later" or "I'm driving." Back in late 2015, Google followed that lead by introducing a Smart Reply feature in Inbox, something that offers three suggested replies based on the contents of the email the user receives. If you're too busy to type a response, selecting a Smart Reply saves precious seconds in your day. Now, Google announced today, that feature has arrived in Gmail for Android and iOS.

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Finding and using Google Assistant apps is about to get a lot easier

Finding and using Google Assistant apps is about to get a lot easier

Google is launching a new Android Assistant App Directory, aiming to make Google Assistant-compatible apps easier to find as well as allow users to more seamlessly integrate their favorite apps with the AI. The new directory will serve as a highlight to the conversational services which use chat rather than traditional UIs, with Google telling I/O 2017 attendees that it believes this will significantly boost discoverability. However, it'll also allow those already taking advantage of the Assistant to streamline interactions with their most commonly-used services.

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Everything from the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote

Everything from the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote

Google's keynote presentation for I/O 2017 has come and gone, and in the span of about two hours, Google covered a lot of stuff. The keynote today included announcements for services like Android, Google Photos, and Google Assistant, but it also had its share of new reveals as well. If you weren't around for the keynote, then have a look at our refresher here for everything you missed.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ will get Google Daydream support this summer

Galaxy S8 and S8+ will get Google Daydream support this summer

Google had an exciting announcement about virtual reality and augmented reality at its keynote today, revealing, among other things, that it is working with HTC, Lenovo and Qualcomm to produce standalone VR headsets. These headsets feature all of the necessary technology built into the device, eliminating the need to insert a phone or run a cable to a PC. Those who don't mind the phone-based VR, though, will soon have a new option: Daydream and the Galaxy S8.

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Google announces Android Go, an ultra-light OS for entry devices

Google announces Android Go, an ultra-light OS for entry devices

Your shiny new Galaxy S8 might have no problem dealing with everything Android can throw at it, but with entry-level devices, it's a different story. Google is looking to tackle that issue starting with the release of Android O. Taking the stage today during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Sameer Samat announced Android Go, which we can consider to be something like "Android light."

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Google unveils standalone VR with ‘no cables, no phones, no PC’

Google unveils standalone VR with ‘no cables, no phones, no PC’

Google has announced standalone VR, 'an entirely new type of VR device.' This is a virtual reality headset that doesn't require a separate smartphone, instead featuring all the technology needed built directly into the headset. This eliminates the external device burden, offering consumers a simple and robust VR experience that requires nothing more than putting on a headset. "No cables, no phones, no PC," Google explains, saying "it's easy to use. Getting into VR is as easy as picking the thing up."

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Google Assistant now lets users buy and pay for stuff

Google Assistant now lets users buy and pay for stuff

Users can now buy items from companies directly via Google Assistant on their mobile device, it has been announced, enabling consumers to, for example, order their favorite meal using simple voice commands and taps. Google's personal assistant works with the company's own payments system, the combination of which handles the ordering and payment process without requiring users to deal with third-party sites. This is made possible via Actions on the Google Platform, which are something akin to competing product Alexa's 'skills,' including support for transactions.

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