Alphabet’s Google Inc unveiled its answer to Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant together with new messaging and virtual fact merchandise at its annual I/O developer convention on Wednesday, doubling down on artificial intelligence and system getting to know as the keys to its destiny.
Google chief government Sundar Pichai introduced Google Assistant, a virtual private assistant, in conjunction with the tabletop speaker appliance Google home.
He additionally unveiled Allo, a new messaging provider on the way to compete with facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger products and function a chatbot powered through the Google Assistant. Allo, like WhatsApp, may even have cease-to-give up encryption whilst it’s miles rolled out this summer.
Amazon’s Echo, a wonder hit that has different tech giants racing to healthy it, makes use of a virtual assistant referred to as Alexa, a cloud-based totally machine that controls the Echo speaker and responds to voice-managed instructions with the aid of customers.
Like Alexa, Google Assistant can seek the internet and modify your agenda. however, Pichai said Google Assistant can use images and different information to offer greater intuitive consequences.
“you can be in front of this structure in Chicago and ask Google who designed this and it’ll understand on this context that the call of that fashion designer is Anish Kapoor,” stated Pichai, pointing towards a photo of Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture.
For Google home, the Google Assistant merges with Chromecast and smart domestic gadgets to manipulate televisions, thermostats and other products. Google did not provide a particular launch date or pricing for Google home, announcing simplest that it will be to be had later this yr.
Google’s different huge assertion at Wednesday’s event, held at an outside amphitheatre close to Google’s headquarters, become a virtual truth platform known as Daydream designed to paintings with the Android cell operating system.
Daydream addresses latency and different troubles affecting playback on smartphones, consistent with Clay Bavor, Google’s vice chairman of digital reality.
Bavor additionally introduced a digital truth headset powered by means of a clean, two-button controller with orientation sensors that assist decide positioning in digital environments. facebook is likewise creating a huge push in virtual truth with its Oculus headset, and Apple has indicated its hobby in VR era as well.
Bavor also stated the department has “rebuilt YouTube from the ground up” to characteristic stepped forward audio to help digital fact screening.
Google supplied no timetable at the VR headset, however said Daydream-equipped phones could in all likelihood hit the market via autumn.