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Google takes on smartphone addiction with new 'Digital Wellbeing' feature on Android

Google takes on smartphone addiction with new 'Digital Wellbeing' feature on Android Google takes on smartphone addiction with new 'Digital Wellbeing' feature on Android
Emmett Howard | 11 May, 2018, 19:40

You will no longer have to say "Hey Google" or "OK Google" all the time when you give commands to your Assistant-powered device. It'll engage with you, but it's hardly the most natural conversationalist. Similarly, the concept of multiple actions, which allowed the Google assistant to do various activities simultaneously, was introduced.

The highlight of this update is the addition of six new voices to choose from and with this Google Assistant now matches the voice range of Siri which has different voices categorized into genders and regions.

Google aims to make navigation and multitasking on the phone more approachable. In fact, Google requires would-be users to fill out a lengthy form explaining what they want the ADT-2 for, and what they'll do with it. So, users can now swipe up from the slider to get a view of their open apps and the most interesting thing is that, those open apps are active and interactive, meaning users can actually toggle options of an app right from the app switcher. This lets you see, in a lot of detail, just how many times you're interacting with your smartphone.

Google has also announced integration of Google Assistant with popular note taking and lists services like Any.do, Todoist, Google Keep, and more. It also shows how many times you've unlocked your phone, how many notifications you've received and enables you to set time limits on your apps. All you will have to do is provide the date and time to the Google Assistant.

Area's unemployment rate up
Sectors that saw increases in employment in April included construction, manufacturing, professional services, and administration. The agency said the economy produced 28,800 full-time jobs last month and shed 30,000 part-time positions.

Shooting reported at California high school
At least one person was injured as of 7:30 a.m. and drove themselves to the hospital, according to officials. It is unclear whether the training and the reported shots fired were connected.

Morrisons reports "strong start" as sales rise
However, the drift away from the High Street continued, with store sales down 4.8% while online sales jumped 18.1%. Morrisons also began supplying partner McColl's through a rolling programme of about 25 stores per week.

Each year, Google announces the latest version of Android at its I/O developer conference.

The Google Assistant provides a central voice interface for the vehicle that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages. So what kind of features can users expect with camera integration? With iOS 11 Apple improved the iPhone's screenshot tools, allowing you to immediately markup and share a screenshot you just took without needing to open up the image in an image editing app.

Make sure that your smartphone is enough charged or connect it to the wall charger during the update process.

So, which one of these features is your favorite?

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