Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Look Who's Talking Now - a Legend; MARTYN LANDI TAKES A LOOK AT THE LATEST FROM GOOGLE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Look Who's Talking Now - a Legend; MARTYN LANDI TAKES A LOOK AT THE LATEST FROM GOOGLE

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Byline: With Justin Connolly Tech Now

GOOGLE has unveiled a range of new products focused on artificial intelligence, which the technology giant hopes will make its services easier to use.

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.

So, what were the key announcements from the event: ANDROID P THE next version of Google's annually updated mobile operating system, Android P, is now "smarter" according to the firm, thanks to new machine learning tools at its heart.

This artificial intelligence has been applied to several new features, including Adaptive Battery which prioritises power to the apps used most, while Adaptive Brightness automatically tweaks screen brightness.

There are also App Actions, which learn user habits and then predict which app a user is likely to turn to next - for example raising a prompt to resume a Spotify playlist when a pair of headphones are plugged in.

Android P also includes a range of digital wellbeing tools, including a Dashboard to monitor how a user is spending time on their device and tweak habits as needed, while Do Not Disturb mode silences all calls and notifications - it can even be enabled automatically by turning a phone face down.

Google boss Sundar Pichai said Google hoped that rather than the fear of missing out (FOMO), the company wanted to help people discover the "joy of missing out" (JOMO).

GOOGLE ASSISTANT AND GOOGLE DUPLEX WITH artificial intelligence a central theme of Google's event, its AI-powered virtual helper Google Assistant was a key part of the company's new feature announcements.

Google said it had improved the natural sound of the Assistant's voice, and will roll out six new voices later this year - including one provided by singer John Legend.

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. …

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