Google Lens improvements ready visual search and AR for mainstream adoption

Another major announcement during the developer keynote was Jetpack, which updates how developers write applications for Android.

ARCore also got an update to include Sceneform, a new 3D framework that makes it easier for Java developers to create ARCore apps. One will let the battery learn over time how people use their apps and then adapt in an effort to save power. Take a look at the latest features it has in store for its customers. However, the beta will only run on selected smartphones such as the Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL, Pixel / Pixel XL, Essential Phone, Sony Xperia XZ2, OnePlus 6, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, and Vivo X21.

Google said it will roll out the technology, called Duplex, as an experiment in coming weeks. Each one varies in pitch and speed, so users now have more choices which one sounds better to their ears. Users will be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant without repeating "Hey Google" for each follow-up request.

Changing the voice of Google Assistant on one device changes it to every other Assistant-enabled device with the user's Google Account.

Finally, Wind Down will switch on Night Light when it gets dark, and it will turn on Do Not Disturb and fade the screen to gray at your chosen bedtime to help you keep in mind to get to sleep at the time you want.

With Google Assistant being inside the soundbar, the entire TV essentially becomes powered by Google Assistant.

From the App Dashboard, you will be able to tap into the apps you're using and set a time limit for daily usage. If Google succeeds in becoming to visual search what it has become for text-based search, the company can establish itself in a growing field. The feature is expected this summer. It uses AI to suggest ways to finish sentences as they are written.

The times I've needed to get on the phone to avail of services myself have involved convoluted IVR systems with long menus - good luck trying to get hold of a human to talk to on my bank's customer care helpline. The feature will start rolling out this month.

Google played phone conversations between the assistant and people at a restaurant and hair salon. It can also convert photos to PDFs and automatically add colour to black-and-white photos or make part of a colour photo black and white. Similarly, the "Adaptive brightness" feature also studies user's preference and adjusts brightness according to it. It's not MIUI-based so there aren't any new features not already available on the Google Pixel devices. Samsung has its own version, Bixby Vision.

The Google Lens product was initially announced at last year's I/O event, at which some of the feature was in more of a beta version. Until now, users have had to say "Hey Google" each time they asked a question or wanted help. The feature should be available to everyone by next week.

  • Carolyn Briggs