Google eases tech stress with app controls, table-booking assistant

Olive Hawkins
May 10, 2018

Who knows? We may come to know more about it in future developer previews. Additionally, the Google Assistant will be used to help users make restaurant reservations, schedule hair salon appointments and get holiday hours over the phone.

Google said it will roll out the technology, called Duplex, as an experiment in coming weeks.

Furthermore, Google revealed that support for manufacturers leveraging the Google Assistant SDK in order to bring Assistant to third-party hardware has also been introduced to 14 new countries.

"It turns out that a big part of getting things done is making a phone call". And while the retail giant might have been joking, Google is very serious about enlisting a celebrity voice for their automated assistant.

"Many of us feel tethered to our phones and worry about what we'll miss if we're not connected". And Google - yes, that Google - wants to help.

The conference opened with Silicon Valley facing a wave of criticism over issues such as private data protection, the spread of misinformation and the use of tech platforms for hate speech and violence, and with intense scrutiny of Facebook over the hijacking of data on millions of its users.

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At the firm's annual I/O developer conference, Google's latest innovations included revamps for its Android operating system, as well as Gmail and virtual helper Google Assistant.

Google's new gesture-based navigation can be turned on and off with a switch.

Google on Tuesday announced that people will soon have a choice of choosing from six voices, including one of musician John Legend, to talk to "Google Assistant".

The Assistant is now also able to have a back-and-forth conversation without users having to repeat the "Hey, Google" wake phrase before each command, and will also be able to make multiple requests at once for the first time. It will also log the number of notifications received and how many times you've unlocked your device. Google had a Chinese OEM build Android TV into a pretty awesome Chromecast form factor, but it's only going to be used as a developer device-sales to general consumers aren't going to happen.

YouTube watchers will be able to set a pop-up message to remind them to take breaks from viewing, according to Pichai. It has been challenging Google more frequently by launching that services duplicate what Google already offers on Android.

Google Home is continuing its trip around the world.

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