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

Google let us know that Android TV isn’t dead, new stuff inbound with Google Cast expansion

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We have talked pretty extensively on the Talk Android Podcast about how Android TV looked like it was dying. We hadn’t seen a new device anytime recently, and it just seemed like, with the recent expansion of Google Cast capable TV’s, casting was the true future/focus of Google in the TV market. Well Google took a decent portion of its keynote today to assure us that Android TV is far from dead, and in fact will soon be better than ever.

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Google releases major update for Android Wear

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During the Google I/O 2016 keynote address today, Google revealed a major update for the Android Wear platform taking it up to version 2.0. The operating system for smartwatches gets some updates to the user interface, new input methods to join voice commands, and maybe most importantly, enhances and continues moves to free Android Wear devices from reliance on a connection to a smartphone. Read more

Daydream is Google’s new mobile virtual reality platform

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In Mountain View at Google I/O 2016, Google announced a new virtual reality platform for mobile devices. Daydream is the entire package of hardware from partners and software integrated into Android N, meaning the mobile operating system now has its own virtual reality platform to compete with Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR before any additional rivals appear.

Let’s dive into Google’s Daydream.

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