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Google opens up digital assistant to iPhone

Google I/O 2017 News Update: Android O, DayDream VR And Google Pixel 2 Are Expected Launches Google to push Siri-like AI-powered assistant to Apple iPhone, new photo books service
Ramiro Mantilla | 18 May, 2017, 10:46

In direct competition with Amazon Alexa, Google Home provides you with smart and voice-dictated information that syncs across all of your Google services and apps. Say you point the camera at a sign in a foreign language, Lens will translate the sign right on the spot.

Third is the version of the Play store that will contain the whole app catalogue but will also highlights the apps by the developer partners designed for Android Go platform.

The main focus of the event, which Google is calling a "festival", will take place on the first day when CEO Sundar Pichai and his executives will reveal what the company is working on.

The company is realizing the evolving ways in which people take and share photos, and recognizing that even with a bevy of photo-sharing social media tools like Instagram and Facebook, sometimes people just want to share regular photos.

Pichai announced the new feature during Google's I/O presentation, where it teased a variety of its newest tools.

The Google Assistant debuted a year ago on the company's own hardware, and Google has gradually extended the tool to devices from other manufacturers running on its Android operating system. "There's a big initiative inside Google to have more consumers be logged in to be ready to initiate commerce anytime".

"We're excited to join forces with Google Home, and to be among the companies part of its inaugural introduction to the home appliance category", said Brett Dibkey, Vice President of Integrated Business Units at Whirlpool Corporation. So it's really great that you can now type to talk with it.

Users can schedule new calendar appointments and create reminders using Google Assistant on Google Home starting today.

Google is expected to give the crowd a look at new twists in its Android software for mobile devices.

Google is unveiling the new feature at a conference in California on Wednesday. As Ars Technica's Ron Amadeo notes, it's likely that iPhone users will need to have the Google app open to use Assistant, as opposed to the always-on nature of Siri (on iOS) or Assistant on Android devices.

Many of Google's products are vying against similar offerings from Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.