Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

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However, it'll be tough to follow up on last year's I/O, where Google unveiled the Google Assistant virtual assistant based on artificial intelligence, the Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform, the Home smart assistant and speaker as well as messaging apps called Allo and Duo. The report further mentions that Google may only focus on the advancements and improvements of the Daydream platform if the launch of the headset is canceled. The full list that Google showed off now includes YouTube, Netflix, Google Photos, HBO Now, Hulu, YouTube TV, Google Play Movies and TV, CBS All Access, the Food Network, the CW, HGTV, Red Bull TV, the Travel Channel, Crackle, the DIY Network, R-Viki, and the Cooking Channel. After Google Inbox, Gmail will be getting the ' smart replies' feature which enables Gmail to scan an unread email and suggest replies based on the content. Machine learning!

Standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets are coming soon to Google Daydream through partnerships between Google and manufacturers like HTC and Lenovo.

Besides at this year's I/O Google will likely use the platform to talk more about the OS.

We anticipate that Google will address the difficulties confronting the more established assistants at I/O. Google Assistant, which is an AI built into Android phones and products like Google Home, helps Google compete with Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. Users can also now type requests to Google Assistant on their smartphone, if they don't want to be overheard. For example, Google knows the route you take to work, and it will start to advise you when traffic is looking bad before you even ask it.

Through Google Assistant, you will be able to do other things like point the camera at the show times outside a cinema, and tell it to remember that particular event.

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Google today revealed that Google Home is gaining support for hands-free calling. The company has confirmed that Google Assistant for Android TV is going to be released later this year. Facebook has a similar offering in its Moments app. The Google Jobs API allows "company career sites, job boards, applicant tracking systems, and staffing agencies to improve the job search experience of job seekers who visit their sites and apps".

Google says new tools will encourage sharing of photos that you might have meant to share, but maybe forgot. Additionally, Actions on Google will now support transactions like payments, identity management, account creation, and more.

Given the big lead that Amazon.com's (AMZN) Alexa has opened up over rivals in terms of creating a hardware and software ecosystem, one hopes Google will also use I/O to fully open up Assistant to Android developers. Users will also be able to link their own numbers to the device.

Most noticeably, all Android O devices that come with Google Play preinstalled will also ship with a new app called Google Play Protect.

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