Google Inc. has been a powerful force in championing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and this was further reinforced by CEO Sundar Pichai during his keynote presentation at the company's I/O developer conference on Tuesday morning at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, California. This feature is something the company is calling Google Duplex - a virtual assistant that was able to speak to a human working in a hair salon without any issue.
This new version of the Assistant is built on a tech machine learning technology called Wavenet, on which the company started building out some 18 months ago.
"Thanks to our progress in language understanding, you'll soon be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant without repeating "Hey Google" for each follow-up request", Pichai said.
The company's digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, is gaining new - if experimental - abilities to handle tasks such as making restaurant reservations and placing other tedious phone calls without human hand-holding.
The new powerful Assistant can now distinguish between two sentences that are joined by "and" and can reply with two different query-specific answers in one go.
One of the biggest crowd-pleasers for the thousands of software developers who gathered at the outdoor conference was an augmented reality feature on Google Maps that helps people get walking directions. It will be available on iOS and Android this summer.
It would also teach some discipline.
The lynchpin is Google's use of Debian Stretch - that is to say, as long as there is a version of the code that runs on Debian, you'll be fine to code and run in any IDE you like. The watch will also show a power-efficient watch face for good measure.
When you swipe up to enter the app switcher on Android P, you're not just looking at visual snapshots of the apps you recently used-they're actually dynamic images that you can interact with.
As you type, Smart Compose pops up suggestions about what you might want to write next - similar to Google autocomplete.
The feature would be rolled it out to all users this month. All you have to do is hit tab to keep auto-completing.