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  • Gothmoth - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    google is a spying company.....

    i find ist amsuing that with no word bloggers mention the danger with all this data collection from google. shortsighted technocrats....

    but when it is microsoft a scream foul....
  • Gothmoth - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    great it is 2017 and anandtech still has no edit function for comments....
    so live with my typos....
  • 037marc - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    It's okay, google knows what you mean. Reply
  • sweetca - Friday, June 09, 2017 - link

    Well played, you rogue. (I don't often post, so feel special :) Reply
  • ABR - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    Continuing convergence of services makes a lot possible, and progress in low-level speech recognition is impressive, but real AI and natural language understanding just isn't here yet, no matter how much companies and the press try to hype it. As long as these assistants drop down to "google search mode" as soon as you get outside their simple prerecognized phrases and scripts, I'll stay uninterested. 1980's adventure games for pete's sake were better at handling "unanticipated" input than most of these assistants. Reply
  • TheITS - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    Google should be implementing 1980's adventure games as their new assistant for more accurate results to unanticipated input? Reply
  • peevee - Friday, May 19, 2017 - link

    At least it would be more fun. Reply
  • willis936 - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    Funny that silicon valley sends up something up that google puts down 3 days later. Reply
  • FreidoNumeroUno - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    Ya and Google will always be a search provider come ad company. They do not know how to make a useful OS apart from filling it with gimmiks n tracking tools and mislead the technology wavefront. World of technology is better off them. Because they are so greedy. Reply
  • FreidoNumeroUno - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    Google gonna report u in the near future when u think of crossing the line of law, with their face and voice recognition technology. Reply
  • npz - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    I've completely uninstalled the Google app because it turns out you can't actually disable the Google Assitant / "Ok Google" when you want. It's ALWAYS ON even if you disable it in the voice recognition options for most or completely all cases. I found this out inadvertently from wiggling the headphone jack. The transient shorting triggers Ok Google even when I've disabled it. Described here:

    It's extremely annoying and it also made me completely distrust Google. I believe it's always monitoring, just like other options (always recording or tracking), except that "disabling" simply means it doesn't respond to Ok Google or does not show you your history in other cases. The illusion would've held up if it not for this bug.
  • npz - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    To clarify, the poster is not me and I have a different phone, but exactly the same problem. Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    I wouldn't feel comfortable with a device like this in my home. Alphabet/Google is highly dependent on data mining and generally doing creepy things that make my skin crawl. It's bad enough I have one if their phone OS devices with me when I go places. I feel like I have a pervy, dirty old uncle watching me when that thing is turned on. I can't imagine having MORE of that disgusting shit in more places where I want to just live in peace without being creeped on all of the time. Reply
  • FreidoNumeroUno - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - link

    Personally, I will root and uninstall or remove all Google apps and framework apps. Yes, Google manipulated android and made public a fool. Now having a Google Android phone is like having wormtail as your friend while hiding from Voldemort. Reply
  • peevee - Friday, May 19, 2017 - link

    "Later this year, the Assistant on Google Home will gain the ability to send visual responses to your TV via Chromecast."

    Of course first you have to turn on your TV, your receiver and switch it to the HDMI input with Chromecast in it.

    Of course, after first playing with it, nobody will ever bother.

    Every company desperately needs a "Steve Jobs" to tear managers who "invent" all the unusable BS new ones - and then fire them on the spot.
  • sc14s - Friday, May 19, 2017 - link

    You realize that there are ways to do exactly what you said automatically right? is used for exactly that. Please be a little more informed before you post drivel about which you obviously have no idea about. Reply
  • peevee - Friday, May 19, 2017 - link

    "New products like Google Assistant and Google Lens make it clear that Google is no longer a search company; it’s an artificial intelligence company"

    It is and always has been an ad company. Now using some neural network models (no, "Artificial Intelligence" is a misnomer so far) to sell more ads.

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