Hardware chief Rick Osterloh detailed how the company is working on hardware built around Google Assistant, starting with thenew Pixel phone. Google Assistant starts listening on the new Pixel phones when you hold down on the Home button (similar to how you'd activate Google Now before), or when you say the hotword.
In a demonstration, Google Assistant brought up (and rattled off) a list of events from the Hearst Greek Theatre in response to a query about happenings there. Then, when asked to play music by The Lumineers, the helper brought up a YouTube video of the band's music and automatically started playback. You can also ask Assistant to show you your pictures from a specific date, and it will return images that match that criteria.
Pichai said Google improved the quality of its artificial intelligence from 89.6 percent in 2014 to 93.9 percent today, and this helps the system better recognize pictures so Google Photos can more accurately find the images you're looking for. This helps Assistant be more helpful to you. The Pixel phones come with Photos built in.
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