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Google I/O 2019 Keynote Goes Live Today: What to Expect From This Year’s Event?

Today, Google’s conference for developers known as Google I/O will begin, revealing their new tech and initiative. While a few years earlier Google was only showcasing new tech, starting with 2016, it has shifted into a slightly different perspective.

It began with integrating Google devices into homes, continued with the arrival and development of AI, and last year it even ended with recommending people to use its products less.

We all remember the “Digital Wellbeing” initiative from CEO Sundar Pichai’s keynote in 2018. It was that moment when we all realized that the developers’ conference has shifted towards the public, showing the world how the company wants to be seen:

It’s clear technology can be a positive force, but it’s equally clear that we can’t just be wide-eyed at the innovations technology creates. Now the path ahead needs to be navigated carefully and deliberately, and we feel a deep sense of responsibility to get this right.

Google I/O in 2019 – May 7 – 9

This year, Google will surely announce more smart devices, Assistant should be improved, and AI could migrate to more devices. We will also see home devices, such as Nest Hub Max smart display, being revealed.

The Android operating system should also be part of this event. Android Q will be the star of the event, and so should be the new Pixel 3A and 3A XL phones, which have already been leaked.

We will certainly learn more about the Stadia gaming service as well.

While last year we had “Digital Wellbeing,” Google could make this year be one where they assure the public and fans that they’re a reliable and responsible company. Now let’s see how we can watch the event which will start today and end on May 9.

The event is taking place in Mountain View, California, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. The most important piece should be the keynote which will begin at 10 am PT (1 pm ET).

If you want to see all of this and more, check out the next links where you can watch the event live.

Keynote starts at: New York: 1 pm, San Francisco: 10 pm, London: 6 pm, Berlin: 7 pm, Moscow: 8 pm, New Delhi: 10:30 pm, Beijing: 1 am (May 8), Tokyo: 2 am (May 8), Melbourne: 3 am (May 8).

The event will soon begin, and you can watch it live on the Google website or their YouTube Channel.

Check back here for more important updates and our new coverage of the event.

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Google Launches Google Maps Assistant Integration for Android and iOS

According to a report released on January 8th, Google plans to roll out Google Maps Assistant integration for both Android and iOS versions of the popular navigation application. As Google reported, the implementation of the Google Assistant in the navigation app would deliver information on ETAs, reply to messages, initiate and answer phone calls, play music or podcasts, and search for places on the map, among other features.

“On Android, the Assistant works with messaging services from the following providers: SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more. And when you’re driving, the Assistant automatically calculates your ETA from Google Maps if you want to send your arrival time to friends,” Google reported.

“There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re traveling, from your flight confirmation number to the address of your hotel. Soon, you’ll be able to check in to your flight (starting first with domestic flights with United Airlines), save and retrieve your boarding pass, all with the Google Assistant on Android or iOS,” Google added.

Google Launches Google Maps Assistant Integration for Android and iOS

Google Maps Assistant integration would be one of the most important Google Assistant updates that the giant Internet company announced during CES 2019. Besides, Google Maps, the company also informed that the Google Assistant would also roll out in other Google Apps, as well as on several other products, such as Smart Clock and Display.

On smartphone devices, Google would also allow Google Assistant to help users even f the devices are locked. On the other hand, at CES 2019, Google also presented the new Google Assistant interpreter mode which permits users to translate phrases in real-time.

Back on the Google Maps Assistant integration for Android and iOS, in short, this mode would help users make use of the Assistant while on the go.

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Google Assistant Interpreter Mode Is A Real-Time Translator

Thanks to Google Assistant, travelers do not have to worry about not knowing the foreign language of the country they travel to, as the Interpreter Mode in Google Assistant is a real-time translator. And the best part is that Google added the real-time translation to its increasingly smart AI voice assistant, so you can just write what you would like to say and Google Assistant will translate it and read it for you.

“Google Assistant Interpreter Mode is potentially world-changing for the future of travel: I won’t need to be bilingual in order to properly visit places and converse with locals in China, France, Italy, and so on. And there’s no need to boot up a translation app, sort through language selection drop-down menus, or spend time typing in words. It all happens automatically,” said Matt Swider on TechRadar.

The new Google Assistant Interpreter Mode has been presented at CES 2019, and it is, so far, the most exciting innovation revealed at the tech congress.

Google Assistant Interpreter Mode Is A Real-Time Translator

Like Google Maps, which helps users navigate the world and find the most exciting places when traveling, Google Assistant Interpreter Mode is also coming to aid users when they travel to foreign countries. The so-called Interpreter Mode in Google Assistant is a real-time translator as it’s translating whatever you want to say into the language you want.

“My CES demo was mostly a success, though Assistant didn’t particularly care for my not-so-authentic Spanish accent when I said ‘Okay, Google, become my Spanish Interpreter’ and asked ‘¿Dónde está el baño?,’ or ‘Where is the bathroom?.’ It kept translating my ‘Spanish’ to Spanish, and it proved my ability to speak Spanish is absolutely terrible. It’s now AI-verified,” explained Matt Swider from the TechRadar, who managed to test the feature live.

Soon, Google Assistant Interpreter Mode, a real-time translator, would reach Android smartphone so that it would help travelers even more than the well-known Google Translate.

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Google Assistant To Be Available On Over 1 Billion Smartphones By The End of The Month

Google plans to expand its Google Assistant in 2019 even more. Accordingly, by the end of the month, Google Assistant would be available on over 1 billion smartphones, and it would support new languages and regions, as well. Thus, the giant Internet company plans to double the use of Google Assistant which settled around 500 million users as of May 2018.

Even more, Google said that the number of Google Assistant users grew by four times in 2018, as the application became more useful than it has been in previous years, and all that thanks to the improvements the company implemented, such as AI and others.

“In 2018, the Google Assistant learned to speak new languages, expanded to new regions (like the Netherlands, Indonesia, and Turkey), and became smarter with new features that can help you throughout your day […] By the end of this month, we expect the Google Assistant to be available on one billion devices, up from 500 million last May,” Google wrote on its official blog.

Google Assistant To Be Available On Over 1 Billion Smartphones By The End of The Month

The fact that Google Assistant will become available on over 1 billion smartphones by the end of the month is no surprise since the assistant became much more useful to users.

According to Google, “the Assistant speaks new languages and understands local cultures – it’s now in nearly 30 languages and 80 countries, up from eight languages and 14 countries last year. And the Assistant became multilingual so that you can speak more than one language to it at home.”

Google is going to reveal more details on how Google Assistant improved and how it can help users, during CES 2019 which will start today, January 8th. “From day one, we’ve built the Assistant with one goal in mind: to help you get things done. Tomorrow, we’ll unveil even more ways the Assistant can help you at home, in the car, and on the go at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. If you’re at CES, be sure to swing by the Google Assistant Playground (Central Plaza-1) for a firsthand look,” the official Google blog post reads.


Google Maps Update Brings A New And Optimized Version Of The Google Assistant

Google Maps has become one of the favorite navigation apps, helping users get where they need as fast as possible. And now, Google Assistant joined the party in the form of the new and optimized Google Maps Assistant that wants to be your best ally on the road.

Since the launch of Google Maps in 2005, the platform has grown over the years to encompass satellite imagery, millions of points of interest, street view, step-by-step navigation, traffic conditions, public transport, and a host of useful features to users around the world. Google Maps has more than a billion active users today, making it the world’s most popular navigation app.

And now, the company is not only updating the application’s design but also its features to further enhance the Artificial Intelligence navigation experience. As part of the new features, some Google Maps users have already noticed one of the new features that Google is testing – a special Google Maps Assistant which seems to be optimized and specifically designed to be the best navigation companion.

Google Maps Update Brings A New And Optimized Version Of The Google Assistant

This news should not come as a surprise, as during the Google I/O event, the company revealed that the Google Assistant would soon come to Google Maps. Now, that’s a reality, at least for some of the users of the most popular navigation app. However, that Google Maps Assistant is not the full Google Assistant experience you’re used to when you use it on your smartphone, as it is a version optimized for navigation.

To see if you can already use the Google Maps Assistant, you can try to activate it by saying “Hey, Google” while using Google Maps or by pressing the colored microphone icon in the application. Once activated, the commands you give will be executed in the background, meaning that the navigation information will not disappear from the screen while the Assistant performs the tasks.

You can use Google Assistant to make calls, send text messages, play music, and access some other useful features while driving, all without leaving the Google Maps application.

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