Android is now installed on more than two billion active devices

Google rolling out arsenal of services, gadgets

Google rolling out arsenal of services, gadgets

During its IO keynote today, Google reiterated the main new features coming in the Android O release later this year, but also unveiled a couple of new things.

Google reported in September 2015 that Android had 1.4 billion monthly active devices meaning it has added more than 600 million devices in roughly 20 months. "We are not just a OTT platform", Prueter said. A new addition called Google Play Protect has been announced. Google claims the feature will be smart enough so that you could auto-share only specific photos - say, of your kids - to your partner or a friend.

Would a lighter version of Android O appeal to you?

"We're going to start simple, with really important messages like reminders, traffic delays and flight status changes", said Google's vice president of product management, Home Products, Rishi Chandra, on stage at I/O 2017.

However, you must use your phone or Google Home to control these appliances - you can not speak directly to them. Facebook has its own version of this feature in its Moments app. There is also the possibility that Android Go will get more users to upgrade their devices, since the concern for many people is lag and problems if they run the newest operating system on a lower-quality or older Android device.

Google doubled down on its bet on artificial intelligence with new features and availability for its virtual assistant and smart speaker at its annual software-developers conference, part of a scramble with other tech giants to dominate the next wave of consumer technology. If they like it, they'll be able to go on and install it. "If you use Google Maps, Street View automatically recognises restaurant signs, street signs, using machine learning".

Speaking of apps, the Playbook app lets you set your objectives and provides a tailored list of the latest articles and videos from Google experts and across the Web.

But Google, like Microsoft and even Apple, seems to be focusing developer attention more strongly on software and services rather than exclusively on gadgets, analysts said. Google is now allowing users to build conversational apps for phones that will work with Assistant, allowing users to get responses from third-party services as well as from Google.

The 2017 Google I/O developer conference runs May 17 - 19, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The tool can extract Wi-Fi login and password when you point to a sheet with that information.

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