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Instant Apps are now open to all developers, the company announced Wednesday at its I/O developer conference. On Google Assistant, users will get a button inside Assistant which when clicked fires up Lens and let the clever assistant process the data it contains.

The Google O Android Beta Program officially launched on May 17. When Google announced the news today at the I/O Developer Conference, Scott Huffman, the VP of Engineering, said that it would be available later today. It comes in the form of a separate application that can be downloaded from the App Store. While Siri will still be useful on iOS, you can supplement Siri with this new Google Assistant feature.

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The Google Assistant, has no doubt, overtaken Siri and Cortana. Currently, you cannot access most of the Assistant Actions on the phone, soon users without a Google Home will be able to access more of the Assistant ecosystem and set up home automation from their phone.

Google Assistant, which debuted a year ago on Google's own hardware, is now available across more than 100 million devices. The company also introduced a new initiative it is calling Google.AI, which will work to centralize all of the company's AI efforts under one roof. Eventually the ability to use Actions on Google will expand to any and all platforms that the Google Assistant is able to operate on. But, if you are really excited about trying out the new Android O then you can do that, and you also have the option to revert back to the previous OS version you've had. This new typing ability would be useful if you are in a situation where you can not speak, such as at work in a meeting or at night when you are in bed.

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"This is partly a concession to the fact that whatever they put into Android, most users don't see it for a couple years. and a lot of their best, most attractive, most valuable users are going to be on other platforms", Dawson said. They believe computers can take over more of the tedious, grunt work so humans have more time to think about deeper things and enjoy their lives with friends and family. When you hover on such text Android would ask that you want to copy it and would help you select the text more precisely. Not only that, but many new features are headed to the device in the coming months.

Soon, as well, users will be able to easily view their past conversations with Assistant.

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Google, which gets most of its revenue from its dominant search engine, also released a host of new features for Google Home, a speaker released previous year. It will support Apple's native Mail app, though, which is great considering Gmail also got a nice update of its own. Now, users of music apps not natively supported by Google Home, such as Apple Music, can stream audio over Bluetooth through the speaker.

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