So it goes further than Google Now — launching "Google Assistant" today.
Google has announced Assistant, a conversational assistant with conversational, two-way dialogue. Awesome!
Conversational, getting things done, in your world.
"We think of it as building each user as having an individual, customized Google."
It's all about building a personal assistant for each and every user.
We have starting becoming truly conversational with strength in natural language processing. You can use your phone and take a photo to ask, "Who designed this statue?"
This isn't point-to-point queries with answers. It's conversational.
Pichai is talking about Google Assistant picking up the recent queries from the last one to allow for conversational understanding with a machine.
These are called "follow-on queries" — Google is "far head on this"
"We are orders of magnitude above everyone else" in this field, says Pichai.
Now a video showing Assistant. This is the evolution of Google Now and Now on Tap.
"You are on the fastest route." I love it when it says that.
I have to say, this video is amazing. Sports, travel, news, videos, search, everything.
This is a lot of what we know from Google Now and voice search, but it's coming all together.
"We believe we are just getting started." Now onto moonshots, what Google is aspiring to.
Google wants to understand context based on queries like "What's playing tonight?" Google should refine the answer based on what you're doing, where you are, and who you're with.
Sundar is also now talking about how a conversation with Google Assistant should lead to action -- querying about a movie should result in Google ordering those tickets for you.
Sundar is a fan of the new Jungle Book, for the record.
"Every single conversation is different, and context is different, and we're trying to build this for every user around for the world." Ambitious. Crazy ambitious.
Google should know the difference between searching for curry and Curry, referring to the food, not the Warriors superstar.
"How can we bring the Google Assistant to the living room?" Sundar says the company has sold 25 million Chromecasts.
Now an early preview of how the company is bringing Google Assistant to the home, coming later this year.
Yup, here it is: Google Home, an Echo competitor. Coming later this year. #io16
Home will allow conversations with Google to provide music, entertainment, news and other information, nearby the speaker or across the room
Google Home looks very similar to an OnHub router, with a customizable base
. Very slick design.
"This is Google Home. A beautiful addition to any room in your house." It's surprisingly compact for a speaker.
Google Home will hook into Google Cast, allowing you stream music, movies or podcasts directly from Google Play Music/Movies. It can also work with other speakers to mirror sound to other connected speakers
Google wants Home to be a "control center" for your whole home. Having access to the Google Assistant makes this easier. "A remote control to your world." Manage shopping lists and to-do lists.
Google Home will connect with your smart home — like Nest — but it sounds like others, like WeMo and Philips. Soon you'll be able to use your voice to "send flowers to mom."
Of course, Google Home doesn't just listen to you: it has search built in, which is optimized for voice input. "It can tell you things that other assistants can't," because Google has 17 years experience. Amazon burn.
Google Home knows a lot about the world, but it also gets to know you -- it can retrieve your schedule, your commute traffic, and more.
Now a video to show Google Home in a real-world setting.
This is pretty impressive. Conversations with Google Assistant between a four-person family showing its myriad possibilities.
"OK Google, bye." Very cute.
Google.com/home for more information. Coming later this year.