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Android P Beta is available for non-Google devices

Android P Beta is available for non-Google devices

At its annual developer conference Google I/O, the company said that these six options, which feature both male and female voices, would be rolled out later this year.

At Google I/O today, CEO Sundar Pichai said these controls are all part of the company's new "digital wellbeing" initiative, which is created to help consumers keep their tech habits in check. Much of the focus was on Google Assistant, the artificial intelligence application competing against Amazon's Alexa and others.

"Thanks to our progress in language understanding, you'll soon be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant without repeating "Hey Google" for each follow-up request", Pichai said. Google states that this has been made possible due to several of its partners adopting Project Treble - a program introduced by Google previous year that allowed manufacturers using a customised version of Android to separate their modifications from the core Android system, resulting in faster Android update roll out across devices.

The new powerful Assistant can now distinguish between two sentences that are joined by "and" and can reply with two different query-specific answers in one go. More importantly, you can feel free to jump into your media or other apps while Maps navigation is running, since the turn-by-turn readout is also pushed to a secondary display in the middle of the dashboard.

It still doesn't have an official name, but Android P is this week available to download and test on a number of devices. Additionally, the Google Assistant will be used to help users make restaurant reservations, schedule hair salon appointments and get holiday hours over the phone.

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It would also teach some discipline.

As part of this rebrand, the company has also changed the homepage for Google AI so that it features published research on varying subject matters, stories of AI, and a range of tools and resources that users can use.

Google is bringing support for Linux apps to its Chrome operating system, introducing the feature in preview today with a view to rolling it out, first to its own (expensive) Google Pixelbooks, and then other Chromebooks at a later date. These devices would be launched in July. Similarly in Google Photos, it will now be easier to share a photo instantly via smart, in-line suggestions.

"As the name suggests, we use machine learning to start suggesting phrases for you". You can accept the completion by hitting the tab key. Users will be able to follow arrows - or possibly a cartoon-like creature - that appear on a camera view showing the actual street in front of them.

With these features, the competition in Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered assistants space seemed to have intensified.