Fresh from announcing more than a week ago that it was rolling out Google Lens to non-Pixel handsets, Google has now revealed (via a tweet) that it is now doing the same for the feature to iOS powered mobile devices.
Google has officially announced just this week that its operating system for wearable devices, Android Wear, will now henceforth be called Wear OS. Many will no doubt notice that the name change involves basically just the removal of the word Android. The tech giant has made it clear that this move is by design, which will be explained shortly.
One of Google’s artificial intelligence driven features, the Google Assistant, has now found its way to the iPad. With this latest development, Apple’s tablet offering officially now has a trio of other digital assistants on top of the tech giant’s own Siri feature. Those three are the aforementioned Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana (via the release of a version optimized for iPads last February), and Amazon’s Alexa (which happens to be the third most downloaded app among iPad users during last year’s holiday shopping season).
While it is true that LG did opt not to formally introduce a new flagship device offering at this year’s Mobile World Congress event (held just last month), fans of the brand may still be delighted to know that the South Korean tech giant may be planning to unveil the upcoming G7 smartphone in May of this year, at least according to a recent report published by ETNews.
About a couple of weeks ago, Google had announced that it was looking to roll out Google Lens to other non-Pixel handsets, especially those Android powered smartphone devices released by mobile brands such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Huawei, Sony, and HMD Global (the Finland based phone maker who has licensed the Nokia name). Well, the deployment has officially begun.
Google Lens was first introduced back in May of last year, during Google’s annual I/O developer conference. For those who missed the news, Google Lens is basically an augmented reality powered software platform that not only can detect and decipher texts, but also even recognize objects (in real time) either from scanning pictures or by viewing the actual objects through a camera sensor.
For those who think SMS based text messaging is cool, wait till they get to experience Rich Communications Services (RCS). Or perhaps they already have and just do not know it. RCS is quite simply the next step when it comes to texting, with popular mobile apps like Facebook’s Messenger, LINE, and WhatsApp already offering messaging features that are way cooler than those regular SMS texts.
Over a month ago, Google’s vice president of product management for payments Pali Bhat announced that their existing payment features Google Wallet and Android Pay would be consolidated into one platform. The announcement, made via a blog entry, revealed that this was a rebranding into the new Google Pay service. The goal was to unify the payment platforms offered by the tech giant as well as to make the process simpler for its users.
Based on a recent teardown of an APK (Android Package) by the folks from XDA Developers and Android Police, it appears that Google’s Android Messages mobile app (which is basically the rebranded iteration of Messenger for Android) may soon provide support for text messaging by way of an Internet browser like the tech giant’s own Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, or even
Here is some good news for those who like to travel by air -- Google is introducing a new functionality to its Google Flights search engine that will start to include information and even advance warnings with regards to flight delays. The really cool thing about this new feature is that it does not only retrieve flight schedule information and updates directly from airline companies, it will also take full advantage of machine learning algorithms and historical data in predicting flight delays.
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