Now any developer can make Instant Apps for Android

Pichai also wants to make it easier for developers to use these artificial intelligence advances in their own apps - and this was a conference for developers, after all. Not only can you connect to WI-FI by taking a picture of a router's barcode (praise it), you can translate signs in real time (genial!).

Card linked offers for Panera Bread in the Android Pay app. Courtesy Google.

Integration with Google Photos means even more information is available after the event, for example it can match your image to online data to work out what is that landmark you photographed earlier.

Google punctuated the theme near the end of the conference's keynote address by projecting the phrase, "Computing that works like we do". "If you were to buy a new phone that was Android Go, you'd have a different set of Google apps".

Congratulations, you've installed Google Assistant.

On the following page, you're given the opportunity to opt in (the default option) or opt out of receiving emails about new features for Google Assistant.

Cheat on your Siri: As of yesterday, Google Assistant is available for the iPhone, only it can't be set up to be default vocal assistant.

Google Assistant will also be able to schedule appointments and add reminders through Google Home, make hands-free calls with Home, and see visual responses from Assistant on your TV through Chromecast.

Google claims there are more than two billion active Android devices and that Play Protect will scan and verify up to 50 billion of apps per day.

Finally, I'm not sure if this is tied to any of the "vitals" that Google says it was trying to improve in this release-system optimizations, and so on-but this build seemed to install and then reboot a lot more quickly than is usual. But as the company is bringing voice input to potentially dozens of devices around your home and beyond, it also faces some interesting challenges unique to this new interaction model.

Pinterest has a similar tool.

Google Assistant looks and feels like the natural successor to Google Now. While Google does not release sales figures, analysts say Home lags far behind the Echo, which recently announced new features that Home does not have.

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.

Google has chat bots (called Actions on Google) for various news, productivity and travel services, but there are limitations since the system is not tapping into actual apps on the iPhone. The Android apps will mostly all be under 10MB in size and will be supportive of those devices that have small RAM. Pichai believes that it's about furthering breakthroughs not only for Google users, but for "complex social problems", especially when there are many barriers ahead. Or point the camera at the exterior of a restaurant and it will pull up reviews of the place.

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