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Google Assistant Revamps its Interface on Android Devices

The blog-post however, does not specify by when would the update be available for both, iOS and Android, globally

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Google has revamped its “Assistant” virtual helper with a new interface on Android devices that comes with bigger visuals, new control options and interactive messaging along with other new features.

“The new design combines the best of text and talk on your phone, giving you the relevant information right when you need it. Using ‘Assistant’ now you can interact with images, sliders and buttons to get the help you need in a fraction of the time,” Manuel Bronstein, Vice President of Product, Google Assistant, wrote in a blog-post on Wednesday.

The make-over gives developers and brands new tools to utilise touchscreen within “Assistant” itself.

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‘Google Assistant’ gets a new interface for phones. (IANS)

“Starbucks now has thumbnails to select from recommended items on their menus, Food Network has larger images of their recipes, and FitStar uses GIFs to give you a preview of your workout,” Bronstein added.

The blog-post however, does not specify by when would the update be available for both, iOS and Android, globally.

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“Google Assistant” was introduced by the search-engine giant two years ago to allow users to interact with their devices using voice, touch and now, even with the combination of the two. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Adds ‘Key Moments for Videos’ in Search Section

Soon, one would be able to find these key moments from video publishers around the world, such as CBS Sports and NDTV, as they add markup to their videos, and the company is looking forward to more creators adopting this helpful new feature

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

US based search engine giant Google has added ‘key moments for videos’ in search, to highlight the most relevant parts of longer videos, based on timestamps provided by the video creators.

With the new feature, users will be able to find key moments within the video that have multiple steps, long speeches or documentaries.

This video indexing would initially be available only for English searches involving YouTube videos.

“Starting today you can find key moments within videos and get to the information you are looking for faster, with help from content creators. When you search for things like how-to videos that have multiple steps, or long videos like speeches or a documentary, Search will provide links to key moments within the video, based on timestamps provided by content creators,” Prashant Baheti, Google Search product manager, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

“You will be able to easily scan to see whether a video has what you’re looking for, and find the relevant section of the content. For people who use screen readers, this change also makes video content more accessible,” Prashant added.

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Soon, one would be able to find these key moments from video publishers around the world, such as CBS Sports and NDTV, as they add markup to their videos, and the company is looking forward to more creators adopting this helpful new feature. (IANS)