Google Assistant becomes smarter, to get six new voices

How to Get Android P Now

San Francisco: In a bid to make it easy for users to navigate and use smart ways to access functions on Android devices, Google on Tuesday unveiled a string of updates to its upcoming operating system (OS) Android P and launched its beta version. Maybe you'll finally use your Android phone to read a bit more. The new update brings smart text selection, style-match with real time results.

Keep in mind that, unlike Apple, Google doesn't really force its user experience on Android phone makers.

Go Home: There's no more home button (virtual or otherwise) in Android P, but the replacement is pretty straightforward. So the latest update doesn't require you to say "Hey Google" or "Ok Google anytime you want the assistant to hear you". Users will have to flash their smartphone with the beta build of Android P. Users can head over to Google's Android Beta Program page for specific instructions on how to flash the software version. "It's just that, as of now, there are only a handful of phones that do, and these are currently all Google devices".

"... Our vision for the ideal assistant is that it is naturally conversational, it's there when you need it so that you can get things done in the real world".

The above screenshot shows the notification panel, where an app called Lockwatch is running in the background, and the camera and mic icons are displayed on the right.

One of the biggest pluses for users is that with Android P, Google will crackdown on companies and services that harvest data from users via apps. You can also flick the same button quickly to jump straight to the last app you were using.

At the annual Google I/O conference for developers taking place this week, Pichai introduced Google Duplex, an artificial intelligence technology that can make phone calls on your behalf with human-like cadence. After all, you still just have a navigation bar area that is using up screen space, only now it's filled with semi-confusing swipes instead of simple tapping.

Google Assistant will now book appointments on your behalf.

However, one major drawback of the Google lens feature is that it struggles to identify handwriting and search information that is not always on point or thorough.

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