Google announces new 'machine learning' service

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Moments before the start of the Google I/O developer conference, Google put its new device-finding app up on the Google Play Store.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., May 17, 2017. Google Lens utilizes computing capabilities to immediately offer information on what it "sees". Google Home is available for GBP 129 as a standalone purchase or for GBP 19 upfront and GBP 10 per month for 11 months with EE's Add to Plan.

At a more advanced level, Google's VPS (visual positioning system) builds on the foundations of Google Lens on Tango devices to pinpoint specific objects in the device's field of vision, like items on a store shelf. The next phone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, available this summer, the company said. This silicon infrastructure will be able to train neural networks, aid image recognition and host machine translation tools. To drive greater usage of the app, Google will now make suggestions to prod users to share images and allow them to order physical photo albums.

Google's mobile operating system is now used on more than two billion active devices around the world - smartphones, tablets, and so on. Google also designed the service to minimise data usage on bandwidth-hungry services like YouTube. (The current version of Android is the N version, Nougat.) It often takes years for a new version of the software to make it to older phones, and never arrives at all for some. Google Maps' users navigate more than one billion kilometers a day. But Samat said the changes coming with Android Go will convince the hardware partners to change course.

Google Home, which is seen rivaling Amazon's Echo smart speaker, has a slew of new features.

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It seems that Google Home is the ideal hands-free speaker phone that requires no setup and allows us to call any phone for free and even dial-up with our personal number when google detects our voice.

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

Google just announced new updates to Assistant and Google Home. Here, instead of communicating to the Assistant with the voice, you can also type your queries. You can point your Android device's camera at something, be it a flower, a restaurant, or a Wi-Fi network name, and Google Lens will give you more information about what you're looking at.

In October 2016, Google launched Daydream View, a VR headset that's comfortable and easy to use. Well during today's event, the search giant said it's expanding availability of the Assistant to iOS.

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