Google announces digital assistant to iPhone, unveils Google Lens

The Google Play Store is also highlighting properly lightened versions of third-party apps. These devices will automatically get Android Go instead of the full version.

Google has told that it would be rolling out the handsfree feature in the upcoming months and in the initial phase, only the outgoing calls will be supported.

A "beta" test version is available on Wednesday.

Google says new tools will encourage sharing of photos that you might have meant to share - but forgot.

Google Photos will be able to suggest which photos to share and whom to share them with. The company envisions a world in which incredible photos are no longer left on people's phones because other pressing things in life got in the way. Fret not, Google has just announced a brand new feature in camera app that can let you remove things from a photo that you don't want to show. For example, a couple could decide to share all photos they take of their kids, or pet iguana. Echo users, by contrast, can only call other Echo speakers. Google is also adding more music and video services to Home. Some features won't be out until later this year. For instance, you can ask the digital assistant within Home to turn on the dishwasher or set the temperature on the oven.

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The company's challenger to Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice assistant will be coming to Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan "this summer".

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Both assistants can be summoned with a press of a button to answer questions, manage schedules and handle other routine tasks.

For kicking off this new feature hands-free calls will be available on Google Home in the USA and Canada, but Google does plan to eventually roll the feature out to other regions at some point, though they haven't officially mentioned when they will actually make this capability available.

Autofill is pretty much exactly what you think it is, with the company guess at what you're trying to say while your typing, using context like user names, much as it does in the desktop-based browser.

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But several analysts noted that the emphasis on the assistant and other apps like photos and maps, which run on many types of devices, resulted in the company's Android operating system - long the cornerstone of Google's mobile strategy - getting relatively little attention during the presentation.

Pinterest has a similar tool.

Google CEO Pichai also announced another feature called Google Lens which can recognise objects by simply pointing smartphone's camera at them. This is thanks to integrations by third-party companies such as Panera, which was demo'd by Google at its conference today.

The overview will come Wednesday during Google's annual conference for thousands of computer programmers. Now everyone with an Android device can see how recently their apps have been scanned, or even initiate a new scan, with Google Play Protect. Some of the unveiled products won't be out until later this year.

Google, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O are competing to establish the dominant voice-powered digital assistant, which many in the industry believe will supplant keyboards and touch screens as a primary way that users interact with technology.

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