Say Allo to Google's new smart messaging app: AI powered chat system will take on Facebook and Snapchat (and can even tell you if your colleagues dog is cute just by analysing a picture of it)

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google has unveiled a new messaging app it hopes will be able to topple Facebook's Messenger. It will include the search giant's new AI assistant, helping people with everything from booking cinema tickets to playing games. Allo will also feature end-to-end encryption, and use AI to predict what a user will want to say - even being able to understand pictures and suggest responses. Google has unveiled a new messaging app it hopes will be able to take on Facebook's Messenger and Snapchat with new AI features. It can even analyse pictures and suggest a response.


Google's Allo smart messaging app could be launching on Sept 21

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google's highly-anticipated smart messaging app could finally be set to launch this Wednesday. According to well-known tech leaker Evan Blass, Allo will be released on Sept. 21, over a month after the firm's new video calling app, Duo, was rolled out worldwide. The new services were first revealed in May at Google I/O 2016, where it was said that both would be released this summer – and now, there are just days left to meet this deadline. Google unveiled a new messaging app in May, to take on Facebook's Messenger and Snapchat with new AI features. Allo will be able to access Google's smart assistant, which uses the firms neural networks and search engine.


Humans let down Google Assistant in Pixel smartphone ad in India

Mashable

Humans are letting down the super smart Google Assistant. SEE ALSO: Google's Pixel smartphones are going on pre-order in India The company is launching its Pixel smartphones in the country today. On the occasion, Google ran a two-page ad on Times of India newspaper, showcasing the power of one of Pixel's most interesting features, Google Assistant. Its only sin: the almighty artificial intelligence bot has got the facts wrong. In the ad, Google Assistant is shown responding to a user's query who wants to know about their flight to London.


Google I/O 2017: Google Assistant and Google Home

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More and more people are using the phrase "Ok Google" to start a conversation to find information or perform actions using the Google Assistant. Launched last fall, the new assistant is already available on over 100 million devices and is rapidly evolving. Today at Google I/O, its creator took the stage to discuss how Google Assistant is expanding its capabilities and reach on smartphones and Google Home. Google Home, a standalone voice activated smart-appliance and speaker, is getting the most attention, with a number of significant improvements on the way. In a few months, Google Home will be able to make hands-free VOIP calls to any phone in the U.S. or Canada for free.


Google Allo: The Super-Smart Future of Messaging Is Kind of an Idiot Sometimes

WIRED

The first thing that happened when I downloaded Allo, only a few seconds after I had given Google's new messaging app my phone number and snapped a selfie for my profile pic, is I got a cheery message from a new friend. "Hi David Pierce!" it said, in white letters on a blue bubbly background. Then another message, because my new Google Assistant evidently understands that you should never send a single text with more than two sentences, because what is this, Dostoevsky? "I can help you find what you need and get things done," it read. One more message about using my location, and then a little white bubble pops up on my side of the conversation: "OK, go on," it said. So I tapped it, the button turned the aqua color of my sent messages, and Google and I were off and running.