Google announces the winners of the inaugural Play Awards

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So far at I/O 2016 we’ve seen Google announce two new messaging apps (Allo and Duo), a competitor to Amazon’s Echo device called Google Home, Google Assistant, Instant apps, Android Wear 2.0, its VR  platform called Daydream, as well as the news that the Play Store is coming to Chrome OS. It’s a whole lot to take in. On a somewhat lighter note, though, the search giant has also announced the inaugural winners of its Play Awards. Join us after the break for more details on the winning games and apps. Read more

Google execs say no plans to kill off Hangouts

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One of the big announcements coming out of Google I/O 2016 is the new messaging app Allo. According to Google exec Nick Fox, Allo was built from scratch to be the company’s ideal messaging app. With all of the buzz generated by the announcement of Allo, many are asking what the future might hold for Hangouts. Thus far, sources from Google indicate there are no plans to kill off Hangouts. Read more

Google Expeditions to expand locations with help of new partners

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Last year Google launched their Expeditions Pioneer Program that uses virtual reality technology for education purposes. The program is an example of how virtual reality may extend into areas outside of gaming and entertainment. Google’s announcement at Google I/O 2016 indicates the Associated Press and Getty Images will partner with Google to provide new content for the program. Read more

OK, Google evolves to become a full-fledge Assistant

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Google introduced a new level of search at the Google I/O 2016 keynote today. Noting that a combination of technologies including better voice recognition, natural language processing, translation, and machine learning have advanced the state of search far beyond the blue links produced by Google when they first launched, Google is calling the new capabilities the Google Assistant. A hallmark of the new Google Assistant is the conversational nature that makes it seem more like a two-way dialogue that is occurring between users and their computer devices. Read more

Meet Allo, Google’s new messaging app with AI built-in

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The keynote speech is well on the go at Google I/O 2016, and Google has shown off Google Assistant and its Google Home device to a warm reception. One area that Google has traditionally struggled to master is messaging, with neither Hangouts nor its Messaging app quite being up to standard. In another attempt to get it right, Google has just announced a brand new messaging app called ‘Allo’ (pronounced Aloe) that leverages machine learning (AI) to generate smart replies. We have more details after the break.  Read more

Google announces Facetime competitor called Duo

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At Google I/O 2016 today, Google announced a pair of communication platforms they are making available for users. The first of these is their new messaging platform called Allo. To go along with that, Google also introduced attendees at the conference to Duo, a one-to-one video calling platform for mobile devices. Like the Allo app, Duo will be tied to a user’s phone number and it will work on both Android and iOS. Read more