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[Update: Live, timers too] You can finally just say 'stop' to silence your Google Home and Smart Display alarms

[Update: Live, timers too] You can finally just say 'stop' to silence your Google Home and Smart Display alarms

Google is sharing some pretty cool stuff at I/O this year, but this one new feature is certainly among the biggest: starting today, users in English-speaking locales will be able to stop ringing alarms and timers on Google Home and Smart Display devices simply by saying "stop," no hotword required.

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[Update: More details] Project Mainline offers Android Q modular security updates

[Update: More details] Project Mainline offers Android Q modular security updates

The Google I/O 2019 keynote was, as usual, chock full of cool announcements, and among them was mention of a lofty new goal: Project Mainline. The idea picks up where Treble left off, furthering Android's modularization and making it easier for updates to change core OS components — mitigating the effect of the big, bad Fragmentation monster.

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Vulkan 1.1 will be required on all 64-bit devices running Android Q or higher

Vulkan 1.1 will be required on all 64-bit devices running Android Q or higher

Today's I/O news is slowing down, but that doesn't mean that cool or important stuff has dried up just yet. Last year, Google announced that it was bringing support for Vulkan 1.1 to Pie, but now the company has said that v1.1 will be a requirement for 64-bit Android devices running Q or higher.

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Google Assistant adds 16 new smart home device types including microwaves, showers, and gates

Google Assistant adds 16 new smart home device types including microwaves, showers, and gates

If you're a developer creating actions for Google's smart home products, you just got some more tools to play with — 3 new device traits and 18 new device types like security systems, garage doors, and water heaters.

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Live Relay allows deaf and mute users to talk with anyone over the phone

Live Relay allows deaf and mute users to talk with anyone over the phone


Live Relay is a new accessibility feature that's sure to be a boon for hearing and speech-impaired users. By combining text-to-speech and real-time transcription, it will allow you to conduct a phone call by just reading and replying to text messages on your screen.

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There are now more than 2.5 billion active Android devices

There are now more than 2.5 billion active Android devices

Android is a ludicrously popular operating system, and Google let us know just how popular at its I/O keynote today. According to Android director Stephanie Cuthbertson, there are more than two and a half billion active Android devices around the world today.

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AR walking navigation is coming to Google Maps, starting with a preview for Pixels

AR walking navigation is coming to Google Maps, starting with a preview for Pixels

One of the best parts about Google Maps, and the feature I use more than anything else, is navigation. There are a slew of options, from your typical driving to walking to even public transit (if there is any where you live). But walking while staring down at your phone can indeed be dangerous, so Google is adding AR walking navigation to Maps, with Pixels getting an early preview.

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Focus Mode coming to Android Pie and Q to cut out distractions from specific apps

Focus Mode coming to Android Pie and Q to cut out distractions from specific apps

Living in the digital age, we have almost everything we need to keep informed at our fingertips. Sometimes, however, we need to disconnect, whether it's to get homework done or enjoy time with family and friends. Previously, we've had options like Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb, both of which do the job quite well. Unfortunately, they're an all-or-nothing solution, so Android will be getting a third choice: Focus Mode.

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Waze is getting Google Assistant in the coming weeks

Waze is getting Google Assistant in the coming weeks

As usual with the last few years of I/O, Google took a chunk of time to talk about Assistant. While there are some other really interesting pieces, one that is sure to make people happy is that Assistant is coming to Waze.

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Google unveils new interactive features for Google Lens

Google unveils new interactive features for Google Lens

Google Lens made a splash at I/O a few years ago, but the final product was barebones and hard to find. Google has worked to surface Lens in more places, and it's getting more useful. At I/O today, Google showed off several impressive new features of Lens. However, you still have to remember to use them.

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