Google has had a fairly quiet week, having seen its Chrome browser soar to market success and discussed plans for Android smartphones.
The company also revealed that it is teaching its self-driving cars to sound their horns, and announced plans to give the Google assistant a human-like backstory.
Google’s Chrome solidified its position at the leading web browser after Internet Explorer bled a huge number of users.
The number of people using Microsoft’s perennial web browser has been falling 20 per cent year on year, while Chrome has been growing by around the same amount.
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The INQUIRER reported that Google is giving its artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant, dubbed Google Assistant, a back story.
Assistant is capable of two-way conversations, so Google is adding a backstory so that users can build up a more meaningful relationship with the software.
The Economic Times reported that Google has no plans to make its own smartphones, preferring to stick with partnerships with hardware manufacturers.
"Our plan is still to work with OEMs to make phones. You'll see us put more thought into Nexus devices. There are categories beyond phones [and] we'll be opinionated where we need to be to push the category forward," said Google chief executive Sunder Pichai in an interview at Vox Media's Code Conference.
Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft sign up to EU online hate speech rules
Google joined Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft to sign up to new rules imposed by the European union on taking down illegal hate speech.
The Financial Times reported that the rule includes a code of conduct on how to address hate speech within 24 hours once it has been flagged to them.
Google is teaching its driverless cars to beep their horns
Google revealed that it is teaching its driverless cars to beep their horns to alert other cars to its presence and potential collisions.
“We’ve even taught our vehicles to use different types of honks depending on the situation. If another vehicle is slowly reversing towards us, we might sound two short, quieter pips as a friendly heads up to let the driver know we’re behind. However, if there’s a situation that requires more urgency, we’ll use one loud sustained honk,” the company said.
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