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Google Home launching in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan this summer

Google Home just launched in the U.K. last month, several months after we in the U.S. had been talking to ours. Continuing the international rollout, Google has announced that Home is going to reach five new countries by the end of this summer: Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan.

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[Update: Now on App Store] Google Assistant is coming to iOS

Two days ago, we shared that Google Assistant was almost definitely about to arrive on iOS. Not to be all "told you so," but, we told you so. At Google's I/O 17 event, the company revealed that Assistant is now officially available for iOS devices.

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Google's computer vision will soon be able to automatically remove obstructions in photos

Google I/O is underway and one of the first topics covered was the great strides the company has made in image recognition software. Further improvements in computer vision are enabling Google products to see the attributes behind the picture and break them down into constituent parts. This is powered by machine learning and capable of some incredible image editing feats.

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You will finally be able to type to Assistant instead of talking to it

Google Assistant has been picking up steam since it was announced at last year's I/O. Replacing Google Now as your, well, personal assistant, this iteration has been largely more conversational than its predecessor. Besides the odd selection of features and differences between versions, one of the other hiccups with Assistant has been the constant need to talk to it. Well, not anymore.

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Google announces Google Lens, what Google Goggles always should have been

Google Goggles has been basically dead since 2014. It had no updates for three years, and what little utility it brought was quickly replaced by other services, or merged into existing apps. Well, now Google has disclosed a worthy successor to the idea in the form of Google Lens. Just announced at I/O, the new system will provide contextual information about things visually, like flowers you take pictures of, or text you point your phone at. This is huge.

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Google's speech recognition error rate is now under 5% for US English

It's no secret that one of Google's strengths in recent years has been voice recognition. In my own experience, my Google Home picks up what I am trying to say almost every time, even in a low voice. Obviously the success rate varies by language and accent, but it is still pretty darn impressive.

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Google says that there are now over 2 billion active Android devices in the world

Coming as a surprise to no one, the number of Android devices has continued to climb over the years. At Google I/O 2017, Sundar Pichai announced that there are now over 2 billion active monthly Android devices worldwide. That's an insanely high number.

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Google releases new Daydream sensory demo, Audio Factory

A new app named Audio Factory for Daydream VR devices has just been released by Google. It appears to be a demonstration meant to show off their new spatial audio engine for future Daydream products. Perhaps we might have some more news about it at I/O, but for now, it's just a way to check out Google's latest audio VR tech in what looks to be a nifty way.

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Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore blazes onto the Play Store

A little under two months ago Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore showed up on the Play Store for pre-registration. There was no release date announced, but it was obvious the game was coming soon. Well, today is the day. Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore is finally available for download. So strap in and get ready to fulfill the role of a bounty hunter searching for fame and fortune.

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[Update: Visa confirms, kinda] Android Pay launches seem imminent for Canada and Russia

Android Pay's been out for around two years now, but it still only supports eight countries other than the U.S. That's... not a large number of countries. But if the signs we're seeing are correct, that figure is about to jump into the double digits. Canadian and Russian Android Pay enthusiasts (okay, that's probably not a real thing), time to get excited.

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