Google is working with partners to bring more functionality to Home for later this year. Now Sundar is back on stage.
Sundar acknowledges Google needs third parties to get on board with Home and Assistant to make it really powerful. Highlighting current partners like Uber, Strava, Fandango and more.
Now, onto photos. Google Photos was announced at Google I/O last year. There are now 200 million active monthly users on the service.
There have been over three trillion labels applied to photos over the past year. 24 billion of those have been for selfies. SELFIES!
Erik Kay on stage now talking improvements to communications. Updates to Hangouts? Let's do this!
Two new communication apps from Google today: Allo, a new messaging app. "A smart messaging app to make conversations easier and productive"
Allo is based on your phone number, so it's really easy to get started. Lots of expression opportunities. Google Assistant integration, too.
And of course, Allo is "private and secure."
Demo time for Allo. "Great selection of stickers from independent artists sourced from around the world." Expressions are more than just about stickers, though.
Google wants you to have more emotion, so there's "Whisper/Shout". Allows you to make your replies really BIG or really tiny.
Allo: A size slide to adjust the size of your text from a "whisper" to a "shout". "No more yelling in all caps to get your point across."
Allo has "taken a page from the Inbox playbook" and integrated Smart Replies to the app. Allo uses machine learning to anticipate replies.
"An emoji is worth a thousand words," says Kay. OK, Google. Whatever you say :P
This is neat: even photos support Quick Replies.
Machine learning allows Allo to identify what's in the image and create a conversational response. "Marries strengths in computer vision and natural language processing."
The Google Assistant built into Allo. Rebecca Michael on stage to talk about it now.
Google Assistant can proactively identify "Italian food" in Allo with potential restaurant choices based on the Knowledge Graph.
Nothing particularly useful for developers so far. Rebecca is talking about integrations with partners like OpenTable to quickly reserve a table for lunch or dinner from Allo.
Google is now showing off Bots integrated into Allo. "Funny Cat Pics" query brings up associated cards right in the chat.
By default, every Allo user automatically has a Google Bot friend to talk with, which is able to have a conversation in real time.
Allo's bots integrate with Google's properties, from search to YouTube to image search. There's even game integration directly in the chat.
It's interesting that Google has not once used the word AI or "bot" to describe these new features. "Machine learning" and "assistant" instead.
Now Erik is back on stage to finish chatting about Allo's privacy and security.
Allo chats are encrypted by default, but an "Incognito Mode" offers end-to-end encryption and chat expiration.
Kay says more security features will come over time.
"Allo is fast, smart and secure," and will be the first home of Google Assistant.
Now onto video calling. Here is the second app: a video calling experience that "feels magical every time."
Duo. The video calling companion to Allo. Based on your phone number for one to one video calls on Android and iOS. End-to-end encrypted.