Google Assistant Gets Typing, History, and Google Lens, Comes to the iPhone

Along with Google Home, Google Assistant will soon get some new features worth talking about. During the I/O keynote, Google introduced Google Lens to Assistant, as well as the option to type. They are also bringing Assistant to the iPhone.

With Google Lens, Google is essentially doing what Samsung tried to do with Bixby, except Google will probably get it right. Lens uses your phone’s camera and looks at images to help you get things done. So you could use Lens to help get you concert tickets just by pointing your camera at a concert billboard or find reviews about a book you are holding. It even works in Google Photos, should you forget about monuments or other locations and want Google Lens to help you remember them.  (more…)

Android Now has 2 Billion Monthly Active Users

You know what’s cooler than a billion monthly active Android users? 2 billion monthly active Android users. That’s the number Google crossed, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.

During his opening at the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Pichai ran through all sorts of numbers, but this number stands out the most to us little Android bloggers. Like, 2 billion is ummm…a lot. Sure, a ton of those are lower-tier devices and others that are probably running Ice Cream Sandwich, but still.  (more…)

Android Device Manager Just Became “Find My Device”

Remember Android Device Manager, Google’s app for finding lost or stolen Android devices? It’s now called “Find My Device” and will change on your phone, thanks to an update that just rolled out.

The functionality of the app doesn’t appear to be changing much. It still locates your phones, can ask them to play a sound, and also remotely lock, erase, or show a message on them.

To get the newly named app, hit that link below.  (more…)

Live: Watch the Google I/O 2017 Keynote!

Once again we are in town for this week’s Google I/O, which will kick off this morning with an opening keynote. The keynote is always the time for big announcements, even if many are focused on Google’s developing platforms or products that still have months of work ahead before you and I can buy or play with them.

For example, last year Google announced Allo and Duo, though neither showed up on the Play store for some time. We also got our first look at the Google Assistant, Google Home, and Daydream View. We could see similar announcements this year, so this is an event you won’t want to miss.  (more…)