At its I/O developer conference, Google introduced the future of search, a language assistant that doesn’t need the usual wake-up call and a hardware attack that puts the group in greater competition with Android device manufacturers like Samsung.
Google relies on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make its services and devices more attractive in everyday life. At the Google I / O developer conference, the group demonstrated, among other things, how the program can automatically display useful information in the camera image on the smartphone screen – and how the voice assistant can do without the usual wake-up word. To look into the future, there was a prototype of glasses that could display subtitles from other languages in the user’s field of view during a conversation.
A visual search engine around the world
The search mask in which you type the characters has laid the foundation for Google’s current size — but the group increasingly relies on smartphone cameras for this. At I/O on Wednesday, for example, it was shown how a photo of a meal is enough to find in well-rated restaurants nearby. Or how to point a phone’s camera at a snack rack to see which ones are healthier on display.
The voice assistant feels guided thanks to the camera
Today, the Google Assistant language assistant is usually activated with a wake-up word, much like Amazon’s competition program Alexa or Apple’s Siri. On the indoor Nest Hub—a networked speaker with a screen and camera—you’ll be able to dispense with the phrase “Hey, Google.” The assistant feels prompt when the user is looking at the device. The program does not take a peek into account when analyzing camera images.
Google Watch should finally compete with Apple Watch
Google is also making a new attempt to break Apple’s dominance in the computer watch business. The group announced the in-house Pixel Watch, which is intended for users of Android smartphones. However, it is not expected to be on the market until fall. Google didn’t mention a specific date or price.
Apple took the lead in the computer watch business with the launch of its watch in 2015 and has held it ever since — despite many Android phone makers releasing their own smartwatches. However, the hardware had weaknesses in software and design.
Rick Osterloh, Head of Device, confirmed that the Pixel Watch is the first computer watch developed inside and out by Google. As with the Apple Watch, Fitness should be a central app.
Google bought fitness band specialist Fitbit in 2019, whose technology is used in the Pixel Watch. The technology under the Fitbit brand should continue to exist as well. Osterloh confirmed that the Pixel Watch can also navigate without a paired smartphone, for example on a bike tour. You can also use it to make contactless payments, just like with your Apple Watch.
Hardware attack makes Google more competitive with Android partners
The group is also expanding its Pixel line of products along Apple’s line of devices: there’s also an improved Pro model of Pixel Buds earbuds and next year there will be a new Pixel tablet. Android tablets have not yet managed to shape the market like Apple’s iPad.
Google is bringing offensive hardware into greater competition with Android device manufacturers like Samsung. As the developer of the Android operating system, the Internet group has fallen somewhat in the field of hardware. Device Manager Osterloh has now emphasized the advantages of seamless hardware interaction from a single source.
The glasses show the translation during the conversation
For the future, Google is working on computer glasses that can automatically display translations in the wearer’s field of view. A working prototype of the device can be seen in at least one video: “Like real world subtitles.” There was no information on technical details such as battery life. However, from the outside, the device looked like traditional horn-rimmed glasses, except for the slightly wide arcs.
Technology that encapsulates digital content in real environments – on displays or directly in the user’s field of view – is called “augmented reality” (AR). Apple and Facebook, among others, are already known to be working on AR glasses. A few years ago, the German group Bosch demonstrated a prototype of glasses that could show user arrows for navigation instructions, for example.
Google pioneered the manufacture of computer glasses in 2012 with Google Glass, which contains a small screen and a camera. In addition to technical weaknesses, data protection concerns have been fatal to the device.