Google has helped build intense speculation for its October 4 event in San Francisco, where it's expected to reveal new phones aimed at consumers that will power a new virtual reality platform, and possibly other smart home devices. Now that the buzz has reached a football-stadium roar, here comes the hard part: living up to the hype. Google has been teasing the event as one for the history books. A tweet Monday from Hiroshi Lockheimer, the company's senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play, turned up the volume on the buzz. We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today.
Across Silicon Valley, technology companies are scrambling to make their software smarter with the help of artificial intelligence. Both Apple and Google have made significant improvements to their virtual assistants, Siri and Google Now, that help them better understand what a user might need before he or she asks. Meanwhile, Facebook has unveiled plans to create its own intelligent chat bot that can perform tasks on your behalf. As of this week, Apple has more firepower in the AI department. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has purchased Emotient, a company that uses artificial intelligence to interpret a person's emotions, The Wall Street Journal first reported Thursday.
Apple is set to hold its biggest software event of the year, WWDC, in the middle of June. It'll use the San Francisco event to show off all of the software that's on its way to your Watch, phone and other computers – as well as potentially new Apple devices. The event comes at a big time for Apple. The company is fresh off the back of its first quarter of decline since the iPhone came out, and is feeling the heat from other companies like Google. It will intend to use WWDC as a way of showcasing the software and potentially other products that it hopes will prove its doubters wrong and get the company to grow again.
The biggest names in tech are encouraging developers to build products for their app ecosystem. File photo taken in 2015 shows an illustration of an iPhone held up in front of the Apple logo. SAN FRANCISCO -- Like a dressed-down awards season, Apple's WWDC conference concludes a three-month developer season. But will it end with a bang, as the Academy Awards do for the film industry? It began with Microsoft's Build in March and continued with Facebook's F8 show in April and Google I/O in May.
Attendees take pictures before the start of the opening keynote during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference at the San Jose Convention Center on June 4, 2018 in San Jose, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook will kick off the WWDC that runs through June 8. SAN JOSE -- Apple unveiled new ways to limit your screen time on iPhones and other mobile gadgets at its annual developers conference here -- and at the same time unleashed new ways to spend more time on its devices. That seeming contradiction highlights the growing dilemma for Silicon Valley giants such as Apple, Facebook and Google as they pitch their ubiquitous products while acknowledging growing concerns about tech addiction and consumer privacy. Apple tackled the latter with new settings in its Safari browser that allow users to limit Facebook and others apps from following their trails around the Web -- a pointed knock against the social network, which fended off a new round of privacy breach allegations this weekend.