Google Maps AR now rolling out to Pixel devices

09 May, 2019, 04:11 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • New smartphones and the future of Android: what to expect from Google I/O 2019

The Pixel 3a phone, which includes numerous artificial intelligence features of its flagship devices, is priced from $399, executives said as Google opened its annual I/O developers conference near its headquarters in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View.

In improving that capability, Google "opens up a whole set of use cases here", McMahon said, solving concerns around latency and privacy in an era where tech companies are increasingly under fire for their data practices.

The changes come after Google and other major technology companies have faced repeated calls from privacy groups and lawmakers to take measures to protect user data.

Shares of Google parent Alphabet fell 1.3 percent, to $1,174.10. Google last month reported fewer first-quarter Pixel sales than a year ago due to increased competition and decreased demand in the high-end market.

For home-based devices including smart speakers, thermostats and security alarms, Google on Tuesday published a new website with disclosures on how sensors such as microphones and cameras on those devices work. Below is an overview of the newest additions to the Pixel smartphone line, and all the places you can buy them.

Further, the company said it would not use "video footage, audio recordings, and home environment sensor readings" to personalize ads.

The vehicle booking capability, which Google demonstrated on National auto Rental's website, builds on the company's push over the last two years to integrate more artificial intelligence-fuelled features into its virtual helper, Google Assistant. It will be available later this year on Android phones in the United States and United Kingdom, Google said.

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Along with weaving podcasts and 3-D augmented reality images into search results, Google is enabling more of the computing to be done on handsets where users have control. Google said it was working with companies such as New Balance, Target Corp, Samsung and Volvo to make 3D models of their products available in mobile search.

Google announced smaller but tangible changes across many of its products. In the meanwhile, interested users can get their hands on the Android Q Beta 3 which is available starting today.

"It was the right time" for the expansion, Mario Queiroz, the Google vice president overseeing Pixel, told Reuters last week.

Google had discussions with AT&T, another major USA carrier, but could not overcome some differences, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Google Nest Hub Max, a larger version of Google's smart speaker with a display, will arrive later this year, the company announced.

That focus echoed throughout the day, with the company demonstrating how many of its artificial intelligence capabilities - including some facial recognition and voice searches - are beginning to be processed on devices, rather than by constantly sending information to company servers.

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