Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

Posted May 18, 2017

Picture-in-picture - it's a feature that lets you do more than one task without having to turn to multi-window.

New "visual responses" were also announced by Google which enable users to get the answers they receive from Home shown on a screen. It will let third-party device makers inject the conversational technology into devices like dish washers, door locks, and vacuum cleaners. The New York Times crossword puzzle is a ideal example of an Instant App.

According to Google, one of the reasons behind this initiative is because, "Almost half of US employers say they still have issues filling open positions". Google is releasing its voice-controlled assistant on a free app designed for iPhone's operating system, basically competing with Apple's assistant on her own turf.

The really cool news here is that iOS users do not have to really wait for Google Assistant to hit Apple's App Store.

Ultimately, the reason Android Go matters is because it should result in a better and great user experience for all Android users at the lower end of the smartphone market, rather than just a great experience for those buying the £700 devices.

This Wednesday, April 26, 2017, photo shows a Google icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia. One that got a "finally" reaction from some in the crowd: support for Bluetooth music streaming. Google is also adding more music and video services to Home. Another gadget that can be in the pipeline is internet-connected speaker called Home. That's typically limited to high-end systems such as the Oculus Rift from Facebook. All Google Play apps go through a rigorous security analysis even before they're published on the Play Store-and Play Protect warns you about bad apps that are downloaded from other sources too. In other words, the interface changes are created to ensure that content can be much more easily found and in a much quicker time-frame.

Google did not say whether you can switch a call from Google Home to a smartphone - or vice versa.

HTC and Lenovo will make the first stand-alone VR headsets using Google's system. Daydream as an app, though, is launching soon on the Samsung Galaxy S8. Google Photos will figure out which of your snapshots are best for sharing, and it will use facial recognition to figure who should get those photos. You can also program Assistant to send reminders. And there has been a 10X growth in Android Auto since 2016.

As with every new version of Android, we are getting a bunch of new features such as picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, and much more.

Android O is available as a beta to users of compatible devices (Pixel and Nexus).