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Get to know Google Assistant – Up and Close

Google Assistant is till now the most helpful and most authoritative voice-powered AI-based digital assistant from the house of Google. It is way more prevailing and useful than Apple’s Siri and far better and miles ahead of Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa from any aspect. Google Assistant can take in just about any question you ask by leveraging the data accessible with Google, and after the crisis at Google Developer Day (GDD) Europe in Poland few times back, the assistant is more powerful than ever. At the event that was held in Krakow, Poland, Google displayed the new superpowers of the assistant as well as Google Lens.

Lens is again Google’s another vision-based assistant that leverages artificial intelligence to supply information regarding objects in the frame. It’s a technique for the smartphone camera to know what it is viewing and understand to help you take action on that particular subject.
In the keynote, Google established the latest strides in natural language processing and speech recognition. Google Assistant was capable enough to answer questions much more rapidly and even in noisy environments, it could register the questions better than before. The demonstrator at the keynote asked an extremely complicated and elaborated question about the name of a movie and Assistant was able to pin the answer down in just few seconds.
Google allows the end users to set preferences like home address, favorite sports team, from before. Now it can leverage those preferences to provide more customized and apt answers. For example, the demonstrator used her preferred weather conditions to ask Google whether she would be able to go swimming this weekend. Google used the preferred variable to answer it within seconds. Google can answer seemingly ridiculous and irrational questions with more contexts. If you ask questions like “show me pictures of Tina”, Google will use your previous search history to find out a more relevant answer and provide you the one suit you the most. One of the coolest new features that were exhibited was the ‘Be my translator’ mode. It’s an entirely new function and can translate any account you speak into a target language. It even says the translated statement out loud.
Google Lens didn’t really see any other traction after its introduction at the
I/O conference this year. And the story remains the same until now. As demonstrated at the keynote, Lens is a game changer. It was capable enough to pull contextual information from images and even take questions based on it. So if you ask how many calories this picture of an apple has, Google Lens will provide you an answer within seconds.

But among all these, the best demo was of currency conversion. The demonstrator asked how many Swiss Francs can be obtained from the pile of Polish Zloty lying on the table. Google was clever to comprehend the currency, make and account of it, calculate the quantity of it and get back with the answer within seconds. But just like most of what Google demonstrates, the features are not publicly available yet and the people need few more days before getting it in their hands.
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What’s New in Android 7.1 Nougat and How it can make your life easier?

Google has finally released Android Nougat on August 22. LG V20 will be the first brand new smartphone running Nougat. Google has already started to deliver the updates to the Nexus devices.
The new Android Nougat is completely going to change the face of mobile computing experience. It comes with so many major changes which had never happened in previous android version updates history. Here’s a glimpse on some of the amazing new features and how you can use it to rip the most benefit out of it.
Finally Split-Screen comes to mobile:
Split-screen which were only available on PC’s , is now a thing of past. Nougat has this Split-screen feature which you can use in both landscape and portrait mode, with the two windows only being resizable in portrait mode.
Its a little bit confusing for naive users but once you learn to use this feature to its fullest ; surely you will save a lot of your time by multi-tasking.
Switching between apps more smoothly:
Now you can switch between your two most recent apps quickly by simply double-tapping the App Overview button. You can use this feature system-wide; also in the secondary window of split-screen mode.
This feature along with split-screen mode can be used to triple-task.
Redesigned, Bundled and Quick Reply-able Notifications:
The notifications area in Nougat has got a major makeover. The notifications cards has gone super flat and full-width. Basically there’s three views of notifications in Nougat: the super-compact lock screen view, the slightly-more-informative notifications shade view, and the expanded view with ‘quick actions’ . You can access ‘Quick actions’ by swiping down on a notification. Also the notifications of same category are bundled.
So the new notifications in Nougat will give you more and compact information , waste less space and the amazing ‘Quick actions’ to reply on the go without opening the particular app.You can also prioritize and customize so as to what notifications and how much information in them you would like.
Design your own System UI:
For those of you who prefer to customize the UI instead of using the stock Android UI, System UI Tuner is for you.It provides you with a lot of options for customizing the look and control of your device UI. You can add System UI Tuner to your Settings menu by just tapping and holding the gear icon in the Quick Settings until it spins and your device vibrates.
Customizable Quick Settings:
In stock Android Nougat you’ll now have a handy list of five toggles at the top of your notifications shade. The order of this list can be edited to make sure only the most important shortcuts for you are present. The small arrow on the right hand side will take you to the full Quick Settings page, which you can also access with the familiar two-finger swipe-down gesture from the top of the screen. But the important thing is that the developers can now create custom Quick Settings tiles for their apps.
Doze Mode on the Go:
The enhanced Doze Mode now works not only when the device is stationary but also when it is in motion.
It’s a Two-Layer system. Suppose you are moving with your phone in your pocket, then Nougat will restrict network access and tasks running in background. It’s like sleep mode in PCs. For when your phone will be stationary it will go into a more deeper hibernation with no network access, no running jobs, no wakelocks and no GPS or Wi-Fi scanning..
Multi-language support, emoji and app links:
In Nougat, now you can set multiple locales as well as a primary and secondary language — and switch easily between them.This feature is definitely going to make chatting and texting more interesting for bi-lingual Android users and frequent travelers.
There’s 72 new emoji, various skin tones courtesy of Unicode 9 and still lot more to come to make you express yourself with graphics. It will make chatting more of a fun.
You can also control how much information is displayed on-screen by changing the DPI with the DPI changer in the Display settings.
Seamless updates:
Android Nougat has also introduced an automatic updater which will download and install updates automatically much like other Operating Systems on PCs.
It can be annoying for some users (as it will consume your expensive data pack) but ultimately it will give you the best experience of android.
Vulkan, Java 8 and OpenJDK:
Nougat deprecated the OpenGl API and added the support to Vulkan API. Vulkan graphics API is by the same people i.e., OpenGL but it will give you faster, smoother and better rendered gaming graphics. So a very good news for all the Game lovers. And seriously, who doesn’t play games on Android.
There’s a good news for developers also. Nougat now supports Java 8 which will allow developers to rip the benefits of new features of Java 8. And for users, they can expect more better functionalities in coming months.
Other important features:
There are many other important features in Android Nougat which makes Nougat the most awesome of Android, like
New Settings menu
Do Not Disturb
Data Saver
Changes in Recent Apps view
Enhanced security
Faster processing
Encryption at file level
Managing app folder access
Enhanced Number blocking/call screening
Emergency info (which can be seen in an emergency even while the screen is locked)
Better backups and Accessibility settings
Android for Work
and other tiny bit of changes.
Now you know how amazing and full of new productivity increasing features Android Nougat comes with. So what are you waiting for , just go and update your device if you are able to get the updates, otherwise you can also flash the ROM and install it manually.
There’s something for everyone in Nougat. Users has been given utmost control on how they want to customize it for themselves and at the same time, nerdy-details have been cleverly hidden for ‘not so tech-savvy’ persons.
This is perhaps, the best Google could deliver in Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s an Android version for Android fans. It’s remarkably stable with only a few inconsistencies and bugs: certainly the fewest I’ve ever seen on a new Android version.