Facebook Announces Messenger Integration With Google's Android Auto; Relies On Voice Recognition Software For Conversations On The Road

International Business Times

Facebook has proudly announced that Google's Android Auto now has for its Messenger app. What this basically means is people can now engage in conversations while driving. Facebook has also ensured that Messenger conversations via Android Auto are safe and wouldn't require drivers to take their eyes off the road. Facebook announced the new update via its Messenger page on its website on Tuesday. The Menlo Park social media giant recognized in its post that Android Auto has been providing drivers with a means to easily access mobile apps.

Amazon to release Alexa-powered smartglasses, reports say

The Guardian

Amazon is planning to release a pair of Alexa-enabled smartglasses as the latest addition to its range of voice-controlled devices, according to reports. Unlike most previous smartglasses, such as the ill-fated Google Glass experiment and Snapchat's Spectacles, the Amazon glasses won't feature a camera in any form, bypassing the privacy concerns that have plagued the form-factor in the past. Instead, they will focus on providing a link to Alexa, Amazon's voice-controlled personal assistant, through a bone-conduction audio system, which transmits sounds into the wearer's head by vibrating their skull, rather than through headphones inserted in their ear. According to a report by the Financial Times, the glasses could be revealed at a product launch event expected to be held soon alongside a home security camera, designed to tie in with its Echo Show video screen. Other reports have suggested the company will shortly release a new version of the Fire TV, its streaming media set-top box, with an Echo-style speaker system built-in.

Google's Amazon Echo killer could be called 'Chirp' and launch this year


Google's response to the Echo, Amazon's voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker/smart home hub, will arrive sometime this year, according to Recode. The device, which will reportedly look like Google's OnHub Wi-Fi router (an excellent one), is said to be codenamed "Chirp" and integrate Google's existing voice assistant (seen on Android and in Chrome) with its search. The dark cylinder look is so in right now. As a direct Amazon Echo rival, the device will likely play a major role in Google's smart home strategy. The Echo has quickly ascended to become one the most beloved gadgets in recent years.

Experimenting with Intelligent Apps: Our Voice-Controlled Shopping Assistant for Smart Fridge


Intelligent personal assistants have the real potential to transform our daily lives in the nearest future. At least this is what Gartner says in its report on the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017. For businesses, this means an excellent opportunity to refine their offers and improve customer experience, providing smarter and more effective ways to handle routine tasks. The great thing about Intelligent apps is that they can become integrated with almost every area of a customer's life. Over the last few years, more and more smart connected devices have been hitting the market, and all these gadgets are usually augmented with digital conversational interfaces.

Google Now - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Google. Google Now is available within the Google Search mobile application for Android and iOS, as well as the Google Chrome web browser on personal computers. Google Now uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. Along with answering user-initiated queries, Google Now proactively delivers to users information that it predicts (based on their search habits) they may want. It was first included in Android 4.1 ("Jelly Bean"), which launched on July 9, 2012, and was first supported on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.