Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Google shifts mobile focus to apps and digital assistant

Google shifts mobile focus to apps and digital assistant

That echoes Amazon's Echo speaker, which was released earlier and so has had more time to acquire a wider range of abilities. From the image above, it does certainly seem as though preferences will be given to some apps (presumably the ones Android TV device owners use the most), with other apps being pushed further back into the system. It lets people point their camera at things to find out more information about them. In the real world, that means you could, for instance, point your phone camera at a restaurant and get reviews for it. Samsung is trying to some of that with its new Bixby Vision feature on the Galaxy S8 phones.

Pinterest has a similar tool.

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Google is also planning a slimmed down version of Android for low-end phones, primarily used in the developing world.

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. It will first be available as part of Google's voice-controlled digital assistant - which bears the straightforward name "Google Assistant" - and Photos app.

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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 claims the feature will be smart enough so that you could auto-share only specific photos - say, of your kids - to your partner or a friend. Google will also let you share whole photo libraries with others. The company envisions a world in which incredible photos are no longer left on people's phones because other pressing things in life got in the way.

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