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Apr 12, 2001

Google today hosted its annual I/O conference designed for developers, where the company had several new announcements to share related to AI, Google Assistant, and machine learning.

Google announced the launch of its next-generation machine learning chip, the TPU 3.0, which is powering many AI improvements to Google products using machine learning techniques.

Gmail, for example, is gaining a new smart compose feature that will suggest full phrases for you as you type. Pressing the tab key will insert the suggested phrase, cutting down on the amount of typing that you need to do in Gmail.

In the next couple of months, Google Photos will get Suggested Actions, offering contextual functions for you to act on. For example, if you have a photo with a friend in it, Google Photos will suggest sending the photo to the friend. If a photo is underexposed, Google will suggest a fix that can be initiated with one tap. It can also do things like remove the background color from an image, or colorize a black and white photo.


Multiple improvements are coming to Google Assistant, Google's version of Siri. Google Assistant is gaining six new voices, including John Legend's Voice, and there have been improvements to the assistant's understanding of the social dynamics of conversations.

Continued conversations will be supported in the coming weeks, which means you won't need to say the Ok Google activation phrase for every request. Instead, you can say it once and then follow up a request with additional questions that Google Assistant will be able to understand.


As of today, Google Assistant will be able to respond to questions that include two requests at once, and later this year, parents will have the option of turning on a "Pretty Please" feature that's designed to teach children manners by offering positive reinforcement for polite conversations that include please and thank you.

Google has been working with companies like Starbucks, DoorDash, Domino's, and other restaurants for Google Assistant integration, and Google Assistant will also be added to Google Maps for navigation purposes this summer. Google also plans to roll out its visual assistant, which works hand in hand with Google Assistant to offer up information, on iOS and Android later this year.

Google also unveiled a new Google Duplex feature, which lets Google Assistant make actual phone calls to businesses to do things like schedule appointments and make reservations. In a demo on stage, for example, Google Assistant called a real salon and made an appointment in a natural-sounding conversation.


This feature is rolling out later in the year, but Google will add it on a small scale in the coming weeks. Google Assistant will be able to call businesses for holiday hours, using that information to update information in Google search for all users. Google has examples of Google Duplex conversations on its AI blog.

Google unveiled a revamped Google News app with personalized news suggestions, "Newscasts" that offer up news previews from multiple sources, a "Subscribe with Google" option that lets you access paid content from subscription news sites, and several other new features. It's rolling out on Android and iOS devices next week.


Other new features include Morse code support for the Gboard keyboard with text output and solutions for Accessibility purposes, an Android Dashboard for digital well-being that will let Android users know how much time they're spending on the phone and which apps they're using most, and warnings on YouTube that will tell users to take a break.

Article Link: Google Assistant Gaining Support for Multiple Requests and Continued Conversations, Will Be Able to Make Phone Calls for You in the Future


macrumors member
Aug 11, 2016
With the way Apple has fallen behind here, you'd think implementing a useful AI assistant is impossible. Clearly, it isn't. Apple should be embarrassed. Postponing and delaying products and features seems to be the new norm. For these reasons, I might be looking at an android option to replace my iPhone. What a joke.


macrumors Core
Nov 14, 2011
Siri is so far behind here it’s not even funny. How could Apple let it languish for so long? It should worry Apple when someone like Rene Ritchie tweets this:

Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)
5/8/18, 1:10 PM
So much of what I’ve been hoping to see in iOS dynamic interactivity and app unbundling is being presented by Google for Android.

Waiting to see Apple’s version. Hopefully soonish.


macrumors 65816
May 14, 2014
I'm impressed I can wake up and say, "Hey google, turn on the coffee and turn on the cable" and it understands both without having to say one, pause, and then say the other.


macrumors 68020
Mar 15, 2009
Apple honestly needs to can Siri and reinvent it. Similar to how they canned mobile Me and introduced iCloud.. Google assistant is literally the only thing android has over iPhone.
Now granted. It’s going to take 2 years for all androids to even get this functionality that they introduced today... so Apple has 2 years to catch up lol


macrumors 68020
Jul 25, 2016
Now if only Apple would give Siri the same treatment.
Yes they good use those 100 billions better for improving Siri, maps, iWork, FCPX, iOS, MacOS, macmini, imac, MacPro, MacBook Air, MacBook, MacBook Pro, AppleTV, HomePod, iPad and iPhones. And all their software and services.

:eek: It just reminds me that the whole range is in desperate need of a refresh. Why take only care for the shareholders when the ones who make it possible are getting milked and being neclected.

I definitely need to write something good about Apple but can’t honestly find anything anymore.

This company has definitely lost its soul and are only profit focused and driven. :(


macrumors member
Mar 27, 2018
Apple honestly needs to can Siri and reinvent it. Similar to how they canned mobile Me and introduced iCloud.. Google assistant is literally the only thing android has over iPhone.
Now granted. It’s going to take 2 years for all androids to even get this functionality that they introduced today... so Apple has 2 years to catch up lol
Assistant and maps are their own app so there's really no wait even if you are on an older version of Android. Most of the features they showed will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

Google home is going to benefit a lot from this as well


macrumors 68030
Jun 2, 2010
Like someone posted in another thread about Google Assistant last week, it's absolutely asinine that Google Assistant is capable of turning an iPhone's flashlight on or off via voice command while Siri simply replies, "Sorry, but I'm not able to do that." Apple's own on-device assistant can't do what a third-party's voice assistant can when it comes to controlling the iPhone hardware. Apple continues to add jokes to Siri's repertoire, though, so there's that. :rolleyes:


macrumors 6502a
Aug 1, 2012
Their Duplex technology is amazing. It could prove to be useful for so many people.
The voices sound so natural, so realistic. And that restaurant booking was handled so well, considering the girl on the other end was pretty clueless. It was both funny and amazing.
The future is looking exciting again. :)


macrumors 6502
Dec 12, 2012
Sigh.... I really want to believe in you Siri but you are leaving so much to be desired. The HomePod hardware is amazing, and Siri works alright - but every time Google and Amazon show off updates like this it makes me wonder why I am in the Apple ecosystem. I may have to pick up a Google Home to set next to my HomePod...
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