Monday, August 14, 2017

Chris Lattner to work on Google Brain →

Chris is a genius, by all accounts. Formerly at Apple for years, he had an incredibly short stint at Tesla over the past few months. Now he’s going to be working for one of Apple’s biggest frienemies on the Google Brain research unit. Can’t wait to see what he churns out next.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Verge: The 6 big updates coming to Google Home →

Google Home

The Verge put together a great summary of the big updates for Google Home announced today at Google’s I/O developer conference. Google Home was introduced last May, and has been met with decent reviews, but this round of updates sounds pretty great.

Jacob Kastrenakes for The Verge:

Sometimes you actually want to see what’s going on, so Google’s making a TV interface for the Google Home. You’ll soon be able to ask the Home to send information to your TV, from basics like the weather and your calendar, to information it’s looking up like nearby restaurants or YouTube videos you might want to watch.

I’ve thought Siri should be able to do this exact thing, but from any Apple device to the Apple TV. It would be really nice to say “Hey Siri, play some Rush on my Apple TV”, or “play this on my Apple TV”, and have it play whatever you’re watching. Competition for the home is heating up, with Amazon’s Echo Show announcement and rumors of a Siri Speaker announcement next month. This is when the real fun begins for us consumers.

Google Assistant app arrives on iPhone to challenge Siri

Google Assistant announced at 2017 I/O conference

Google brought their Assistant app to the iPhone today, announced at their Google I/O conference for developers. The Assistant is similar to Siri, Alexa, Cortana1 and others, but you are also able to ask it things via textual chat as opposed to just voice. It also can control some smart home devices and talk to other third-party applications.

In my opinion, any third-party digital assistant is dead on arrival on the iPhone, due to the fact that they are locked into applications, and you can’t replace Siri from being the default. After you’ve unlocked your phone and found the app, you might as well have used Siri anyway. Still, it’s fun to play around with, and this is surely a big moment as we move towards more voice-based interactions with our technology.

Google Assistant is now available on the App Store.


  1. Microsoft’s digital assistant. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Google is working on a new smartphone Operating System dubbed Fuchsia →

Ron Amadeo for ArsTechnica:

Google, never one to compete in a market with a single product, is apparently hard at work on a third operating system after Android and Chrome OS. This one is an open source, real-time OS called “Fuchsia.” The OS first popped up in August last year, but back then it was just a command line. Now the mysterious project has a crazy new UI we can look at, so let’s dive in.

Fuchsia

Source: Ars Technica

This work is obviously rough and early-on, but it’s always nice to see what might be coming next. Check out the Ars Technica article for more info and images.