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Taylor Martin  CNET Taylor Martin CNET
Ramiro Mantilla | 18 May, 2017, 11:16

He and other Googlers announced several new "AI first" products and features, including Google Lens, Smart Reply for Gmail and Google Assistant for iPhone.

Google was also showcasing the Google Assistant compatibility with Android TV during our demonstration.

In April Google announced that Home would no longer be a US-only product and would branch out to the United Kingdom as well.

Following the initial announcement, Google has been showcasing the new interface at Google I/O 2017. No word on whether that means United States or Australian Summer, but either way, if you've ever wanted to speak to your speakers, you soon will be able to, and certainly faster than we see competitor Amazon Alexa here too.

Hands-free callingA phone call is still the easiest and quickest way to communicate with someone and now Google Home is baking in support for phone calls. New apps, including the free version of Spotify and home Bluetooth streaming will add to Google Home's media chops, while new proactive features will wake Google Home so that it can remind you of upcoming appointments or potential traffic delays on your daily commute.

Another interesting figure that the company revealed during the event today was that it's seeing more than one million Android TVs coming online every two months. Last week, Google had concluded the beta test of Android Nougat and said the beta test of Android O will begin soon. Instead of asking consumers to add credit cards to their accounts, Google is just turning the credit cards that are already stored into digital wallets. Predictably, Google is promising that Android O will offer improved battery life and faster load times, but we'll have to wait until final code is available on real devices to see how true those claims are.

While impressive, it's worth clarifying that Google is talking about active devices, not the number of people using Android (a user can have multiple devices like a tablet and a smartphone, for example).

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., May 17, 2017.

One overriding theme of the I/O keynote was how heavily Google intends to shift into AI-driven applications, and not just on the back end to run its highly lucrative advertising and search businesses. The new API will work for Android Pay users as well, but the payments tool can not be used for iPhone apps or for the desktop web. For instance, you can ask the digital assistant within Home to turn on the dishwasher or set the temperature on the oven.

"The Assistant is becoming even more conversational, always available wherever you need it and ready to help get even more things done", says Google Assistant VP of Engineering, Scott Huffman.

A preview of Google for Jobs. The chip is designed specifically for machine learning and has been propping up the swanky artificial intelligence in Google Translate, Google Photos and the likes.