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Android P Wear OS DP2 available now, rolls back controversial change

11 May 2018

Some of the features that have debuted with the Android P public beta include Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, App Timer, Swipe Up, Slices, and more. What once took hours or even days of painstaking work will soon be able to be done instantly on your phone. We'll be experimenting with the right approach over the coming months.

From now on your Google Assistant will be speaking on your behalf, literally. It generally succeeded. Yet, with all new shiny tech comes a host of ethical concerns. I've started it at 3:10 for you so you can get right into the Google Duplex portion. It's unclear if Duplex will be limited to those tasks upon launch, but it's a safe bet that those three things will be a focus of the new feature if that's what Google plans to test. But the new features announced on Tuesday are aimed at everyone. The new changes to Google News will appear and be avaialble in 127 countries by next week.

Google engineer Trystan Upstill introduced the new tools.

Google said the updates are part of a broader new digital well-being initiative that's just beginning. For example, "I haven't seen you" might be autocompleted to "I haven't seen you in a while and I hope you're doing well". The minute we begin having back-and-forth conversations with computers, we've crossed into new territory.

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In the Maps app, Google Lens will help you navigate by detecting what's in front of you and overlaying directions on the street you see.

But it isn't just news in which Google is recognizing its responsibility.

With gestures enabled, the home button becomes a single pill-shaped button in the center of the navigation bar, and you control all gestures with it.

We're used to natural-sounding robocalls, and we find them annoying rather than alarming. But remember: It's still not polite to put your phone on the dinner table.

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That Google is recognizing its responsibility is promising. They simply have the potential to host it now.

Like all of Google's most innovative software, Duplex relies on a machine learning model drawn from anonymized real-world data - in this case, phone conversations. Tech is realizing that it's often its own worst enemy, and is now on the road to trying to fix it.

One thing is clear: FOMO causes stress, whether consciously or subconsciously. Google's Head Sundar Pichai pitched a feature that would let you make an appointment with your salon or a reservation at your favourite restaurant by making Google Assistant do it for you.

He also added that "Matias Duarte works at Google and so we chat a lot". And no, you wouldn't possibly know that you were talking to a bot if you were on the receiving end of that phone call. As per its demo, Google's Duplex can make Google Assistant the most lifelike AI yet. Digital assistants making arrangements for people also raises the question of who is responsible for mistakes, such as a no-show or cancellation fee for an appointment set for the wrong time.

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Smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are popular with kids, but some experts and parents have expressed concern about how they interact with its voice characters.

Android P Wear OS DP2 available now, rolls back controversial change