Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Android Go features lightened Google apps, OS for markets that need it


The Lens feature, which will be used on phones, sees what the viewer sees through the camera and provides information about the object.

Even better, since Google Home can now recognize who's speaking, just say "Call Mom" and Google Assistant will know whose Mom to call.

With Lens, Assistant will able to identify flowers or artwork, as well as complete image-based tasks such as connecting to wifi networks when users take a photo of the password information on a router.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA-Starting with Android 4.4, Google began to support a "low RAM" flag for devices with 512MB of memory that changes the way that the OS and supported apps work with the goal of reducing resource usage.

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. It also is launching an attempt to make its voice-controlled digital assistant more proactive and visual while expanding its audience to Apple's iPhone, where it will try to outwit an older peer, Siri.

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In 2007, Google held its first annual developer conference, which it called Google Developer Day. The brand has also introduced revamped version of Android manager, known as Find My Device.

It comes as Google, Apple and Amazon.com Inc are competing to establish the dominant voice-powered digital assistant, which many in the industry believe will supplant keyboards and touch screens as a primary way that users interact with technology.

Google Lens follows other visual recognition products put out recently by other tech companies. Along with this, the new feature is Smart Text Selection which is a machine learning feature that allows users to select and copy/ pasting words smartly.

In the Google I/O, Google has announced the successor of the current Android OS i.e. Nougat with Android O which is now for the developers with its beta version.

The feature allows you to call any phone for free, and there's basically no set up required. Android Go will include "lite" versions of core Google apps such as the Play Store and YouTube Go, which are optimized to work well even with less memory and use data very efficiently. This means, it caters to the huge population in developing countries in Asia and Africa, who use Android devices but suffer from high data charges which make it hard for them to use Google services. Or point the camera at the exterior of a restaurant and it will pull up reviews of the place.

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