Searching for apps now faster, more convenient with the Assistant App Directory


Searching for apps now faster, more convenient with the Assistant App Directory

In addition to optimizing Android O for lower-end devices, Google is also tweaking other apps such as YouTube, Google Play, Chrome, and Gboard to use less memory, storage space, and mobile data, Burke said. The company is also introducing an Android Assistant App Directory so you can easily find apps compatible with the Google Assistant.

Pichai continued "As part of this effort, we will be launching a new feature in search in the coming weeks that helps people look for jobs across experience and wage levels - including jobs that have traditionally been much harder to search for and classify, like service and retail jobs".

The development is an extension of a partnership announced between the two tech firms last month which enables consumers in the U.S. to use PayPal as a payment method in the Android Pay wallet in apps and in stores. The first big announcement of the day comes in the form of Google Lens: a "set of vision-based computing capabilities" that will give Google Assistant the ability to analyze and detect the things that it sees through your smartphone's camera. There is also a chat feature that can be improved so there is no need to check out UIs of some apps.

Every supported app will each have a page on the Assistant App Directory. For reference, consumers installed approximately 65 billion Android apps from the Google Play Store in 2015, and if recent trends are to continue, the number of annual app installs recorded by Google's digital marketplace may surpass 100 billion this year. Potential downloaders can view and try the apps first so they can have a quick preview. Say if you want to know what a particular flower is, you'll be able to bring up Google Lens through Assistant which will will identify the flower and it will tell you what flower it is. Search is built-in so you can easily locate new ones in specific categories.