New Google features tap digital smarts

It has been two days since one of the year's biggest developers conferences end and we are still grappling our heads trying to make sense of the host of announcements that Google made during the two-day event. Rather it could aid doctors and make healthcare more efficient in the future.

If there was one theme underlying most of Google's keynote, it was that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning advancements from the company were going to drive most of its products. The Google Assistant will get six new voices to choose from, including John Legend, an American singer-songwriter.

While in Android Oreo the clock is on the right side of the screen, in the Android P developer preview the clock is on the left. Google is also unveiling ways to let you issue multiple commands without having to say "Hey Google" each time. For instance, plugging in headphones could prompt your Android phone to ask if it should open a music app like Spotify, depending on one's usage habits. Google says the technology is rolling out as "an experiment" in coming weeks. Along with that, there's now also a new dashboard that shows you stats of how much time you spend on a particular app.

Google's virtual assistant can now make phone calls on your behalf in a new unsettling feature. Smart Displays come integrated with all your favorite Google services like Calendar, Maps, and YouTube.

The voice was under control of Google's DeepMind WaveNet software that has been trained using lots of conversations so it knows what humans sound like and can mimic them effectively. With the new features, Google Assistant can be a real assistant very soon. For outlets with subscriptions, Google will allow you to subscribe directly through your Google account, without needing new passwords or credit-card information.

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Users will be able to pin Linux apps to the Chrome OS shelf for quick launching, arrange, snap and manage Linux app windows as normal, and access files in Google Drive and local storage from inside apps.

The goal of the functionality was so that users could know which apps were consuming too much battery.

"Our vision for our assistant is to help you get things done", Mr. Pichai told the conference in Google's hometown of Mountain View, California. What's more, the Back button is still staying in place on Android.

Another distinguishing feature of Android P is that if you put it over a surface, facing down, it will automatically switch to the "Do Not Disturb" mode until you pick it up and flip over.

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