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Google officially rolls out Duplex-powered Assistant for booking movie tickets on Android

After months of teasing and weeks of testing, Google is officially bringing its Duplex artificial intelligence guidance to users booking movie tickets online through Assistant. Just ask Assistant or search on Google through your Android phone to check out show times for movies and then have Assistant automate most of the reservation process from filling form fields to breezing through payments.

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Google Duplex makes its way to New Zealand but only to check business' opening hours

Google's AI-based assistant that makes automated calls to businesses is starting to expand internationally. After a wide rollout in most US states, the service is now coming to New Zealand as part of a limited pilot.

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Google starts testing Duplex-powered Assistant for Chrome that we first saw at I/O 2019

Back at I/O, Google announced a major expansion to its Assistant-based concierge automation engine, Duplex. Up until then, it would help people book restaurant tables and haircut appointments on the phone — it would soon be able to guide them through web orders and, in doing so, speeding up the entire process. We weren't told when we'd expect to see Duplex applied to the web, but the company has confirmed that its overall efforts are rolling out to movie ticket booking sites as Google Assistant in Chrome.

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Pixel phones gaining ability to talk to 911 operators, even when you're not able to

We saw it hinted in an APK Teardown, now, Google has announced a new emergency calling feature for the Phone app that will come to a select number of Android devices, including Pixels. It will let users indicate if they need police, fire, or medical assistance without the need to physically say so. The company envisions this new feature to be essential in situations where the caller isn't able or might not want to talk.

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Google Duplex expanding to other web tasks, like rental car reservations and movie tickets

Last year, one of the highlights that Google talked about was Duplex, where Assistant could call and make reservations for you. The creepy-yet-totally-cool factor was astronomically high, and since last year, Duplex has expanded to 44 states in the US. But Duplex isn't just for phone calls, you know — Duplex on the web is here to make sure that your online tasks are easy as pie.

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Google Duplex is rolling out to non-Pixel phones in the US

Google Assistant already makes our lives so much easier by handling reminders, remembering flight information and calendar events, managing the lights in our homes, and recommending restaurants for us. Thanks to Duplex, it can even call the latter to make reservations on your behalf while you watch cat videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, the feature has been exclusive to Pixel devices since it came out in November and was limited to a couple of cities in the US. At the beginning of March, we reported Duplex would be available on non-Pixel phones in 43 American states within the following weeks. As expected, it is now expanding to a larger audience across the US.

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[Update: Now live] Your chance to try Google Duplex and its AI-reservation magic could finally be here — see what to expect

When we first got to see Google demo its new Duplex service at I/O earlier this year, it was an absolute eye-opener. Digital assistants were evolving to the point where they could effortlessly interact with the general public, able to handle the messy uncertainties of language well enough to make phone calls on our behalf. Ever since, we've been aching for a chance to put this power to use for ourselves, and for a lucky new group of users, that day is finally arriving.

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Which Pixel 3 features are coming to older Pixel phones (and which will remain exclusive)

Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL didn't pack a whole lot of hardware surprises, considering the unceasing deluge of leaks over recent months, but the software was another story. There were plenty of new camera features shown off at the Made by Google 2018 event, with oodles of machine learning magic to go around. Unfortunately for owners of older Pixel phones, not all of these new features will be coming to older handsets. For your convenience, we put together a list of all the major software changes that will (and won't) be coming to previous models.

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Google Duplex rolls out starting in November on Pixel phones

One of the most impressive (and unsettling) I/O moments happened earlier this year when Google showed off Duplex, an AI chatbot that can place calls for you like a robotic personal assistant. Google wouldn't confirm its plans for Duplex at the time, but it's almost ready for the general public. Duplex is hitting Pixel phones starting next month, but it won't be available everywhere.

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Google's Duplex voice-call AI catches attention of call centers, but Google insists current focus firmly on consumers

We've been seeing the natural-language abilities of the Google Assistant continuously evolve over the years, slowly getting better at listening to us and responding. A couple months back, though, we got our first taste of what could be a sea change for the Assistant's ability to effortlessly carry on conversations, as Google demoed its new Duplex AI tech. As we wait for Duplex testing to start rolling out publicly, a new report suggests that smartphone users aren't the only ones anxiously awaiting its debut, and that companies running big call centers are also taking a deep look at what Duplex could do for them.

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