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As Microsoft wrapped up its event, Google I/O began, and we have everything you need to know broken down by the numbers. Coverage of the event will continue today, so keep an eye on our event page for more reactions and unveilings.
If you have one of 11 phones (including handsets like the OnePlus 6, Essential Phone and others) then you can give the next new version of Android a try right now. With its name still TBA, Android P promises to bring the power of AI to your handset to manage battery life, solve digital overload and even set your screen brightness.
The most interesting demo at Google I/O may have been Google Duplex. As part of the future of Google Assistant (along with 6 new voices including John Legend), it's built to facilitate natural-sounding conversation from the digital assistant. As Google showed off on stage, it's so good that it can call offline providers like a salon or a restaurant to make a reservation without the person on the other end knowing they're talking to a bot. Cool or creepy?
Rather than craning over your phone and hoping you're walking in the same direction as the blue GPS dot, soon your camera will look at your surroundings and work it out for you. With its Visual Positioning System (VPS), the software will figure out where you are and throw up AR-powered navigation indicators to get you moving without walking halfway down the block in the wrong direction. There's no word yet on when this update will arrive.
The Android Things-powered smart displays we first saw at CES are close to launching. During the Google I/O event, we saw how they could be used to watch YouTube TV, and interact with the upgraded Assistant AI features that manage information via the screen or voice control. We don't know which hardware is up first, but LG, JBL and Lenovo seem like safe bets.
The WRT32XB is the first router designed to automatically detect any Xbox One, including the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X, and put it above any other gadget connected to its network. It'll set you back $250 and comes with three months of access to Xbox Game Pass.
For $2,000, you can't get a better camera.
Ahead of its Uber Elevate Summit, the transportation company showed off a prototype reference model of an air taxi it hopes will fly by 2020. UberAir will help you "rise above it all" in a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) capable electric plane that is, of course, autonomous.
But wait, there's more...
- SpaceX's next Falcon 9 launch will help it prepare for crewed flight
- AI can help a billion people, but Microsoft can't do it alone
- AT&T confirms $200K payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'
- Soon Chromebooks will be able to run Linux apps
- Waymo shows how its self-driving cars navigate snow
- Meet the dominatrix living inside an Echo Dot
- Sirin's 'blockchain smartphone' will have flagship specs
- What's on TV: 'Black Panther,' 'Battlebots' and 'Warmind'
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