Google Lens Can Identify Everything In Your Room

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To expand the reach of AI beyond mobile phones and PCs, Google has also announced the official version of its embedded smart operating system, Android Things 1.0.

Google Lens, first announced in 2017, is a Shazam-like app for your camera that can identify nearly anything your camera sees - like a seeing search engine. Android P also brings new security features that aim to prevent idle background apps from using your smartphone's camera and microphone. Basically, an Action is a specific task within an app that you commonly perform.

As of today, Google Assistant is available on more than 500 million devices, it works with over 5,000 connected home devices, it's available in cars from more than 40 brands, and it's built right into devices, from the Active Edge in the Pixel 2 to a dedicated Assistant key in the LG G7 ThinQ. For example, if you plug in your headphones, Android P will suggest that you open your favorite music app if that's normally what you do after you plug in your headphones. Just tap and hold on an app icon until the quick menu pops up, as is illustrated below, then tap and hold on one of the Actions that you'd like to turn into a shortcut.

It wasn't immediately clear which company made the call to withhold the features announced Tuesday.

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Google Maps will receive a new "for you" tab with personalized information from your neighborhoods. One of the nerdier announcements concerned ML Kit, a software development kit for app developers (both iOS and Android) to integrate off-the-peg machine learning models into apps.

The Android P come packed with new features to better manage its user's time. This way, your media is neither too loud, nor is it too quiet. Whether that changes-or requires app updates-is unclear. You enable gesture navigation by navigating to Settings System Gestures and toggling "Swipe up on Home button" to On.

Google wowed the crowd at its annual IO conference in the U.S. with a demo that saw Google Assistant (the search giant's equivalent of Apple's Siri) handle a complete call to a hair salon. Now, less than two months later, the company released the second Android P Wear OS developer preview - and it rolls back a controversial change. I personally don't use it much for this reason, and that's why I'm so excited for what's coming in Android P. Dev channel users claim that apps and games run very slow, so think twice before switching to the dev channel.

Although it may be tempting to play with the giant touch screen, the Android system will shift into a "quick-settings" mode when you're on the road, and limit access to certain functions.

Some new features for Android phones also aim to improve people's digital well-being, including a new "shush" mode that automatically puts a phone in "do not disturb" mode if you flip it face down on a table. If you want to check the time, just press that side button once.