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CEO Sundar Pichai Defends Google Products as Regulators Kick in

Google has just unveiled a new more powerful Nest Mini speaker and Nest WiFi

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Sundar Pichai, Indian American (CEO) of Google Inc. (Representational image). Wikimedia Commons

As anti-trust regulators increase the scrutiny in Google products over the company’s business practices, its CEO Sundar Pichai has said that it is important for advertisers to have standardized measurement that’s fair across all media and that delivers insights in a way that fully protects users’ privacy.

In an earnings call after reporting Q3 results, Pichai on Monday said the company consistently wants to work and build products that benefit users and support the ecosystem.

“And so our products and services benefit consumers, small and medium businesses advertise this and overall they’ve help reduce prices and expand choice. And so that’s our underlying approach, I think, which is what helps us engage and explain to regulators and we’ll continue to do that,” he told analysts.

The US Department of Justice is set to open a broad anti-trust review of tech companies including Google, and has also launched a separate antitrust probe into Google.

Pichai said that in several areas, the company is a new entrant.

“We create competition and sometimes the competitive pressures can lead to concerns from others. And so that’s part of what’s going on as well,” he noted.

Google last week announced a major update in its Search algorithms to better understand people’s queries and throw more relevant results.

“Any time we can better make sense of queries, we can serve users better. Our search quality goes up and people engage and engage more. So it’s part of a long run, sort of things we have been working on, but this is one of our bigger breakthroughs in terms of helping improve the search experience and search quality,” explained Pichai.

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Huawei smartphones are seen in front of displayed Google Play logo in this illustration picture, May 20, 2019. VOA

On achieving “quantum Supremacy”, Pichai said it is the “Hello World moment we’ve been waiting for and represents a distinct milestone in our effort to harness the principles of quantum mechanics to solve computational problems”.

To demonstrate supremacy, Google’s 53-cubic quantum machine Sycamore successfully performed a test competition in just 200 seconds that would have taken the most powerful supercomputers 10,000 years to accomplish.

On his hardware business like Pixel smartphones, Pichai said the business is still in its early stages.

“But we are continuing to build the business and the portfolio of healthful products. Our new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are the first phones at motion sense. This allows users to use natural gestures to get things done without touching their phone,” said Pichai.

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Google has just unveiled a new more powerful Nest Mini speaker and Nest WiFi.

“Finally, the team is looking forward to launching Pixel Buds, first truly wireless headphones as well as Stadia, our streaming gaming platform, which will soon be available in the US, UK, Canada, and throughout Europe,” he said.

“We are investing deeply in our next billion users. So markets like APAC continues to be a big long-term opportunities for us as well,” Pichai added, without mentioning whether India is still its next growth market. (IANS)

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Google To Unveil New Feature that Allows Users to Check Their Pronounciation

Presently, it is available on mobile in American English and is coming soon in Spanish

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Google is also improving its word translations and definitions with visual prompts. Pixabay

Google search is rolling out a new feature that will let users check their pronunciation of unfamiliar words with the help of machine learning.

With this new feature, a user will be able to speak into their microphone and then Google’s AI will analyze the snippet and compare it against the word’s correct pronunciation.

Then, the user will receive feedback on how each syllable matches Google’s expected pronunciation.

‘For example, if you are practicing how to say “asterisk,” the speech recognition technology analyzes how you said the word and then, it recognizes that the last soundbite was pronounced ‘rict’ instead of ‘hsk,’ Google said in a statement recently.

Presently, it is available on mobile in American English and is coming soon in Spanish.

Google is also improving its word translations and definitions with visual prompts.

Google search is rolling out a new feature that will let users check their pronunciation of unfamiliar words with the help of machine learning.
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Google search is rolling out a new feature that will let users check their pronunciation of unfamiliar words with the help of machine learning. Pixabay

“Starting rolling out today, when you look up the translation of a word or its definition, you will start seeing images that give you additional context. This can be useful with words that have multiple meanings like “seal,” or words like “avocado” that aren’t commonly used in all languages or regions,” the company added.

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According to Google, these new features give a creative, more effective way to practice, visualize and remember new words and the company is planning to expand these features to more languages, accents and regions in the future. (IANS)