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Apple needs a feature like Google's Call Screen


The company's new Pixel 3 flagship Android smartphone is first to introduce a new call screening feature that leverages the built-in Google Assistant. The screening service transcribes the caller's request in real-time, allowing you to decide whether or not to pick up, and gives you a way to respond. Despite the numerous leaks about Google's new hardware, Call Screen and the launch of Duplex for restaurant reservations were big surprises coming from Google's hardware event yesterday. Arguably, they're even more important developments than fancy new camera features – even if Group Selfie and Top Shot are cool additions to Google's new phone. Apple has nothing like this call screening feature, only third-party call blocking apps – which are also available on Android, of course.

Treat people like the burden they are with Google's 'call screen' feature


Google knows a lot about you, including, apparently, how much you hate answering the phone. At the Pixel 3 press launch Tuesday, the company unveiled a new feature for its flagship smartphone that aims to make that most annoying of moments just slightly less so. And, in the process, it gives you the opportunity to show anyone who would dare to disturb you with an actual phone call what you really think of them: Namely, that they're an annoyance. Called "call screen," the tool will answer incoming phone calls on your behalf and transcribe what the caller is saying on your device's screen. You then have the option to choose from a pre-selected series of replies, which, presumably, the caller then hears spoken by a disembodied robot voice.

Apple patents software to warn users when calls come from a fake spam number

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Gogole boasts its AI will allow the Pixel 3 to answer calls for you. 'First, starting out in English in the U.S., Pixel 3's on-device AI helps you screen phone calls and avoid spam calls. 'Imagine you're at dinner with family or in a meeting at work and a call from an unknown caller comes in. 'Just tap on'Screen call' to find out who's calling and why, as well as other information (as prompted by you). 'You'll immediately see a transcript of the caller's responses so that you can then decide whether to pick up, respond by tapping a quick reply (e.g., 'I'll call you back later'), or mark the call as spam and dismiss.

Google poised to reveal the Pixel

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Google has unveiled a slew of new hardware including its $799 (£739) Pixel 3 phones, a new $599 (£549) tablet called Pixel Slate and a $149 (£139) smart speaker with a screen called Home Hub. The firm has pledged to build AI into its entire range at a New York event where Google's Rick Osterloh unveiled the new products, designed to take aim at Apple, Samsung and Amazon. Its new Pixel 3 handset includes AI features that allow it to answer calls itself, weeding out robocalls and transcribing messages if a user is busy, alongside a wide angle'superselfie' lens. Google's new range: The firm unveiled the Home Hub, Pixel Slate and Pixel 3 at a New York event. New handset starts at $799 (£739) for the Pixel and $899 (£869) for the XL and come in three colors - just black, clearly white, and not pink.

Google Duplex, the Human-Sounding Phone Bot, Comes to the Pixel


"Uhm," said the female voice. "Can I book a table for tomorrow?" The question came not from a person, but software called Duplex developed by Google to make phone calls. Before the end of the year, some of the company's users will be able to direct the bot to call restaurants and book tables on their behalf. In a demonstration last week, Duplex smartly handled questions from a Google employee playing the role of restaurant worker about details such as the size of the party and the name to hold the table under.