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

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Starting today, Gmail's Smart Reply will make it easy to send short and sweet responses from your Android or iOS device.

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.

Google, which gets most of its revenue from its dominant search engine, also released a host of new features for Google Home, a speaker released past year.

Another interesting new feature to watch out for is Proactive Assistance. Google will also let you share whole photo libraries with others.

While Amazon's Echo speaker has emerged as the most popular device in the category, Google repeatedly touted its ability to use artificial intelligence to identify multiple users, an edge it has over Amazon. These include multi-display support and picture-in-picture support for video and web. This year, they've formally announced Google O (and its spin-off "lite" version, Android Go), new AI-enhanced visual applications such as Google Lens and the forthcoming availability of Google Home in Australia.

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The goal is to bypass the tedious processes of manually selecting photographs and individual sharing them by allowing users to automatically share photos with assigned contacts, suggested by Google's own advanced machine learning algorithms.

But it gets even wilder than that: Say you took a screenshot of a restaurant's website and phone number - you'll]( [now be able to call that number just by clicking on it in the screenshot.

As part of a years-old tradition, Google will name the next Android version after a dessert or sweet-tasting snack beginning with the letter "O". But it did tease some of its upcoming features.

Last on the fluid experiences side of the coin we find TensorFlow. Soon, we'll be able to enjoy more third party apps and service integrations. The example given by Google is of a user watching a YouTube video, who by virtue of a simple tap on the home button can transfer the video into a small, always-on-top window which can be moved around freely.

Notification dots are mandatory. As you can see, it now sits below the dock app icons. The app will draw upon its AI powers to automatically pick out the best pictures to put in the album. As has been the pattern in the past, Google is working its way through the alphabet, which means that Android 7.0 ("N", for "Nougat"), will be replaced by Android 8.0, AKA Android O. At this stage, there's no indication which sweet treat will get the naming rights, although based on the fact that Android K was Kit-Kat, Android Oreo seems feasible.

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