Google Updates Boost Smart Watch, Work Collaboration Efforts, Telecom News, ET Telecom

By Paresh Dave

Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday unveiled updates to numerous services, including maps, photos and operating systems, as the company presents its role in a world that has become more digitally connected during the pandemic.

The announcements at the Google I / O developer conference, which is held virtually, bolster the company’s smartwatch efforts, which compete with Apple Inc, and its collaboration tools which rival Microsoft Corp’s offerings.

They also show how Google aims to demonstrate that its advances in artificial intelligence (AI) will keep users drawn to its ad-supported or paid services for shopping, communication and entertainment, even as pandemic lockdowns ease. and that people resume their activities in person.

Google has said its smartwatch operating system, Wear OS, will be adopted by its new Fitbit unit and Samsung Electronics Co, both of which have been using their own systems for years. By working together now, companies could attract more app developers and compete better with Apple Watch.

The company also shared new editing and viewing options for Google Docs and other working software, including a simple tool that suggests using inclusive terms instead of gendered words.

CEO Sundar Pichai has made promoting social justice a priority across the company, and in another movement the company said this fall that its Pixel smartphones would better capture darker skin tones and curly hair and wavy in the photos.

The AI ​​updates included a new effort to help drivers using Google Maps reduce sudden braking by navigating them on “safer” routes. Google Photos will remind users that they can search Google Images for specific objects in screenshots. Google also said that a more powerful computer chip, TPU v4, important for the development of AI, will be available this year for Google Cloud customers.

Android 12, the latest version of the mobile operating system active on more than 3 billion devices worldwide, will arrive later this year with customization features like customizing app color schemes. This will also allow the devices to be used as a digital key for certain cars.

In a futuristic collaboration software tease, Pichai revealed Project Starline, video conferencing booths that use so-called bright-field screens to allow people to view a 3D representation of their counterparts. Healthcare and media companies would test the system, Pichai said.

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