At Google I/O, Google's annual developer conference, the company teased a major update to its security platform that consists of a mix of new features, a rebranding of existing ones and UI enhancements that will now live under one security umbrella called Google Play Protect. The new cloud TPUs will be made available to developers and researchers via Google's Compute Engine, with an alpha program for users set to kick off sometime in the future. They plan to add more products later on. Earlier, if users wanted to call someone, they would not be able to use the names of the contact on the phone, but now, users will be able to pull up those contacts directly through Google Home and call them.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a succession of company execs took the stage to talk up the latest milestones and to unveil new and upcoming products.
Google says it worked with a number of partners on the tool, including LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Facebook and Monster. The company is also close to deploying a smoother mobile checkout experience for PayPal users.
Google believes it can lead the way in AI largely because it has built a huge network of data centers with billions of computers scattered around the world.
Google, which gets most of its revenue from its dominant search engine, also released a host of new features for Google Home, a speaker released a year ago.
Google's popular Android operating system has spread to 2 billion devices worldwide, with the American technology giant looking to emerging economies for the next billion.
Altogether, unless you are deeply in the Google ecosystem, using Google Assistant on the iPhone is a pain compared to Siri.
"Play Protect" is built into every device with Google Play, is always updating and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe. Lens uses AI to identify images viewed through a phone. This is already available on the Echo and other devices that use its Alexa assistant. Or point the camera at the exterior of a restaurant and it will pull up reviews of the place.
This new level of control given to app developers will undoubtedly cause some headaches not just among rooters and modders but even companies like Remix OS makers Jide, Meizu, and other manufactures who opted out of Google's certification. Facebook has its own version of this feature in its Moments app.
For example, if you try to select an address/name consisting more than one word, the system would recognise and select the entire phrase.
According to PC Advisor, the compatible smartphones or tablets that can run the Android O public beta are the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel C, Google Nexus 6P, Google Nexus 5X and Nexus Player.
Google is also adding a feature to Photos to create soft-cover and hard-cover albums of pictures at prices beginning at $9.99.
AP technology reporter Tali Arbel contributed from NY.