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

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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Nest Hub Max lands at the FCC, likely to be announced today

Nest Hub Max lands at the FCC, likely to be announced today

For the past couple of years, Google I/O has been devoid of any hardware announcements, leaving all of Google's new gadget introduction until the Pixel event in October. But 2019 is promising to be different: we know the new Pixel 3a will be introduced today, but it won't likely be the only new device on show. The rumored Nest Hub Max might make an appearance as well.

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How and when to watch the Google I/O 2019 keynote

How and when to watch the Google I/O 2019 keynote

Google I/O, aka one of the annual nerd Christmases, is almost upon us. The hours are counting down quickly and we're getting closer and closer to the opening keynote. There's a lot to expect this year, from the much-leaked Pixel 3a and 3a XL, more Android Q news including possibly a new beta (and, like last year, the availability of said beta for more non-Pixel devices), lots of Assistant things, and more. If you're as excited about this as we are, here's what you need to know.

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Weekend poll: Will you be tuning in to Google I/O?

Weekend poll: Will you be tuning in to Google I/O?

We're just a few days out from Google's upcoming I/O developer conference, where Google is expected to announce and formally reveal a whole pile of things, from the Pixel 3a to new Android TV hardware. If history is any indicator, the company will also discuss some of its long- and short-term plans for a little operating system called Android — ever heard of it?

I/O is sure to be an information-dense few days, how much are you planning on watching?

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