Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Google to rival voice assistant Siri on iPhones

Moreover, Google Assistant is practically used in most of the Google products and it is also a direct example of Google's AI tech.

Chandra also revealed that Google Home would soon be coming to these countries - Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan, this summer. So the company is also adding the ability to type requests to the Assistant on your phone, starting today. Developers will be able to see how many users are affected and will be provided with some potential fixes to make the app run better on Android devices.

Proactive AssistanceIf you own a Google Home, then you know that it's great providing feedback when asked. It's kind of a freakish thing for Google to get involved in (and the photo albums look awfully generic), but hopefully Google will continue to build on what they've started here.

Google's voice-based Assistant, unveiled at last year's I/O and released later in the year, competes with Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa.

It will first be available as part of Google's voice-powered digital assistant Google Assistant and Google Photos app.

The Assistant debuted past year on Google's own hardware, and the company has gradually extended the tool to devices from other manufacturers running on its Android operating system.

Bloomberg reports that Google plans to bring Assistant to the iPhone through "a free, standalone app" available through the App Store.

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Both assistants can be summoned with a press of a button to answer questions, manage schedules and handle other routine tasks.

Google is also integrating Google Lens into Google Photos so if you've snapped a photo of a receipt, white board notes, a sticky note, or anything else you want to remember, it can extract the important details and data from those images for use in other apps.

Besides at this year's I/O Google will likely use the platform to talk more about the OS. Hover the camera over a restaurant and it will show you reviews and options to book a table.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., May 17, 2017. It lets people point their camera at things to find out more information about them. So Google will talk about this feature in the event.

Google is about to provide the latest peek at its digital services and gadgets as it seeks to become an even more influential force in people's lives.

Google may unveil a virtual reality headset meant to go head-to-head against competitors like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift at its I/O developers conference this week, Variety reported. The report claims that the new VR device will be able to run independent of a mobile or desktop computing system, but it is unclear whether it will run Android or any other operating system.

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