Google added features to its internet-connected Home speaker - such as hands-free calling.
However, you must use your phone or Google Home to control these appliances - you can not speak directly to them. This is already available on the Echo and other devices that use its Alexa assistant. A program called Google Lens will analyze your photos and be able to remove obstacles, such as a chain-link fence, that obscure your shot. "Google has the most personal information, [and] does the processing in the cloud, so I think right now they have the richest consumer AI capabilities". So if you see a flower, you can point your camera at it to find out its name. Samsung is trying to some of that with its new Bixby Vision feature on the Galaxy S8 phones.
Pinterest has a similar tool. As well as nifty new services like Google Lens, which uses your smarpthone's camera to identify objects in the real world. Facebook has its own version of this feature in its Moments app. Google is about to provide the latest peek at its digital services and gadgets as it seeks to become an even more influential force in people's lives. That is why Google announced that appliances will eventually support Google Assistant, starting with LG and GE. Google announced yesterday it was bringing its digital assistant to Apple iPhones as part of its effort to win the battle with tech rivals on artificial intelligence. Updates to the next version of Google's Android software for mobile devices and its voice-controlled digital assistant are among the items expected to be on the agenda.
Google's assistant will be at a disadvantage on the iPhone, though, because Siri - a concierge that Apple introduced in 2011 - is built into that device.
Both assistants can be summoned with a press of a button to answer questions, manage schedules and handle other routine tasks. Google believes its assistant can get people what they want more quickly because it draws upon the knowledge that the company has accumulated while running the world's most popular search engine.
Siri, though, might have something to say about that.
The announcement heralds a step by Google, whose Android system runs on the majority of the world's smartphones, to get a foothold on Apple's phones, which have smaller market share but are used by people who tend to spend more on technology. In other words, it nearly sounds as if Google Assistant acts as the middleman between you and either company's connected app. The company envisions a world in which unbelievable photos are no longer left on people's phones because other pressing things in life got in the way.