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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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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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Representational Image of ‘Doodle for Google’. Flickr

From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)

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