Google Assistant gets keyboard input with the latest update

Guillermo Lane
May 26, 2017

Ask anyone, however, and they'll tell you that the most exciting new features Google showed off on stage on Wednesday pertained to Google Assistant.

Day 2 of Google I/O 2017 has completed and Google will be moving into the third and final day of the conference tomorrow, but before that happens we've got all of the details on day 2 rounded up just in case you happened to miss anything while it was going on.

"Android O" would bring more fluid experiences to the devices as well as improvements to areas of the phone called "vitals" like battery life and security.

And, even before you download any apps, Google Play Protect scans its catalog of more than 50 billion apps to pick up on potential risks. It has been announced by Google that this feature will be enabled to the users of its Assistant in the United States. Although Google hasn't been exactly clear as to when exactly Android Pay will be available in these new markets, at least it did mention the service will be launched in Brazil, Canada, Russia and Spain, and Taiwan.

Of course all of this is created to keep users within Google's ecosystem, but we can imagine that it will be much more convenient. Point your camera at the marquee and the Assistant can find you showtimes and even help you buy tickets via a Ticketmaster integration. This feature is not limited to videos, and it may be able to run games and other apps as well. The blobs, as they came to be called, are seen on all Google platforms, including Gmail, Google+ and during Google Hangouts.

Not everything will work the same on both Android and iOS. Google maintains the feature will be smart enough so that you would auto-share only specific photos - say, of your kids - to your partner or a friend.

The push marks another step toward infusing nearly all of Google's products with some semblance of artificial intelligence - the concept of writing software that enables computers to gradually learn to think more like humans.

Samsung will open up its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones to the headset (it already has a partnership with Oculus).

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