Next generation Google Assistant promises to be faster, more efficient

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Duplex for web will be made available in the U.S. and United Kingdom on Android smartphones later this year and could be used to fill forms for the user to make vehicle rental bookings. Where cards with relevant information used to take center stage, Google has now moved toward serving up a list of app icons, more similarly to how Apple's CarPlay operates. That's because Samsung offers two major Android OS updates to most of its devices, which means that any Galaxy phone or tablet that was launched with Android 7.0 Nougat or earlier will not be eligible to receive Android Q. That puts flagships like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 out of the running, even though they may be fully capable of running Android Q. The same goes for any Galaxy device launched before 2018, as it was only past year that Samsung started releasing phones with Android Oreo out of the box. The new Google Assistant can run locally on any smartphone with near to zero latency and even if the user has no internet connection. Google said the most important goal with the redesign was to show more useful information with a quick glance at the screen. Once enabled, it'll mute notifications from whichever apps you find distracting.

The updated Android Auto is much better adapted to cars with wider displays.

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Google also announced ways it's encouraging Android developers to use Kotlin, the fast-growing programming language.

Many new Jetpack APIs and features will be offered in Kotlin first, Google said.

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Android Auto is in for a refresh. The Indian e-commerce giant, Flipkart has also made a product page live on its website which although does not give away a lot but hints towards the launch of the Google Pixel phones.

Google Assistant also gets a new driving mode, which allows users to get things done handsfree while they are driving. Drivers can tap a suggested location or use the "Hey Google" voice command to navigate somewhere new. With Assistant's new Driving Mode, which is also coming this summer, you only need to say "Hey Google, let's drive", and your handset will immediately serve up a list of relevant notifications and actions, from friends and family to call, to a link to the last podcast you were listening to, so you can hop right back into it once you're in the vehicle.

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