Familiarity in Google's newly unveiled services

In addition to audio calling, the Google Home speaker is also bringing Bluetooth connectivity to the realm of its features. That echoes Amazon's Echo speaker, which was released earlier and so has had more time to acquire a wider range of abilities. According to stats that Mr. Pichai quoted, 46% of U.S. employers are struggling with filling up vacant job spots, and Google chose to use the thing it does best - search and machine learning - in order to lend a helping hand to the job market. Samsung is trying to some of that with its new Bixby Vision feature on the Galaxy S8 phones.

It'll feature lighter versions of Google apps, like YouTube Go (which already exists), Chrome and the Gboard keyboard application. All the Google apps suite will be optimized too. Previous year we got the Google Home, and who knows what's in store this time around.

The devices won't be out until later in the year.

Google announced a lot of new bells and whistles Wednesday - several of which, it turns out, are already offered by rivals such as Amazon, Apple and Facebook.

More details on Google Lens and its availability will follow as this story develops.

The next major version of Android operating system - Android O - is likely to make its debut at the event.

Pichai has made AI the foundation of his strategy since becoming Google's CEO in late 2015, emphasizing that technology is rapidly evolving from a "mobile-first" world, where smartphones steer the services that companies are building, to an "AI-first" world, where the computers supplement the users' brains.

This includes Notification Channels that let app developers provide users with more fine-grained control over different kinds of notifications. The Google Assistant in Home will also be updated to understand French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Korean and Spanish by the end of the year.

Back in 2014, Google launched an initiative called Android One, which was aimed primarily at emerging markets and developing countries.

At the conference, the idea is to give developers time to create new experiences for their apps with the upcoming features before they're pushed to the public. A feature called Google Play Protect, meanwhile, will scan all your apps for malicious software.

A "beta" test version is available on Wednesday.



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