What is Google Lens?

The coming version of Android, referred to simply as "O" for the time being, will also have boosted artificial intelligence features along with enhanced security, executives showed. As you can see from our hands-on, the end-user experience is just as though there is an app operating on the device. Providers can also create specific channels.

We have audio explaining these new developments directly from Wednesday's Google I/O keynote, featuring Google CEO Sundar Pichai, along with Scott Huffman and Rishi Chandra. Like a natively installed app, Instant Apps will also remember where you left off if you switch between tasks. Android Go is fairly distinct from Android One as the former comes with no hardware and software restrictions. Google I/O is a platform for developers, enthusiasts and journalist to learn about what's next from the company, and this year's event continued numerous trends that Google kicked off in 2016: virtual reality, with the unveiling of Daydream 2.0 and standalone headsets from HTC and Lenovo. But Android TV will also be playing host to Google's Alexa competitor.

Google Assistant on the iPhone brings numerous same features that we know and love about the version on Android, but without the tight integration into the OS. iPhone users finally have a viable alternative to Siri, for those that want one at least, and with developer support, Google Assistant on the iPhone will only get better in time.

Google announced that more than two billion devices powered by Android software are used monthly in a freshly passed milestone.

Google Assistant, introduced a year ago, is now on more than 100 million devices, according to the team's vice president of engineering, Scott Huffman.

For example, you can continue to have a conversation with the Assistant, and reference previous results.


(The 3:59, Ep. 230 extended weekend edition) What excited you the most about Google I/O?

The Assistant understands that by "it" you mean Stranger Things and it will display the answer.

I have an Apple TV at home, and I've been surprised at how much more capable Siri on the iPhone is compared to its TV counterpart.

Google also announced enhancements to its Home personal assistant, adding abilities such as hands free telephone calls and acting as speakers for wireless audio. You can ask the Assistant how long it will take to get to work while you're watching Netflix, and a card will appear on the bottom third of the screen with the relevant information. Anyway, Google is specifically concerned with six "vital" metrics now - pardon the brief diversion into highly geeky territory. It could push driving directions to your phone or display a weather report on a Chromecast connected TV, for example.