Google on Tuesday debuted an updated version of its Google Assistant platform during the keynote of its Google I/O developers conference.
The company said it is internally calling this the “next-generation” Assistant and that it will first become available on Google’s “new Pixel phones” later this year. (Not to be confused with the budget-friendly Pixel 3a phones Google also announced on Tuesday.)
Google is touting significant performance improvements with the updated Assistant, claiming that it can process and understand voice requests “in real [...]
If you’re going to go carrier exclusive, Verizon (disclosure: our parent company’s parent company) is probably about as good as any. Ultimately, however, exclusives invariably do more harm than good when it comes to growing your footprint.
That’s no doubt a key part of why Google had a rocky financial quarter when it came to the Pixel line. Exclusivity coupled with all the other headwinds currently facing the smartphone industry spelled bad news for the reliable line. Thankfully, however, that’s starting to change with today’s arrival of the Pixel 3a.
The budget handset, along with its flagship brethren, are about to be available on a lot more [...]