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OnePlus Plans To Make Google Assistant Ambient Mode Available on All its Smartphones

The new feature for all Android phones was released by Google a few months ago and the rollout, in stages, might take up to a week

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The smartphone maker OnePlus has partnered with Google to bring Ambient Mode to the OnePlus 3 from 2016 and newer devices. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese handset maker OnePlus has announced that the Ambient Mode for Google Assistant will soon be available on its phones.

The smartphone maker OnePlus has partnered with Google to bring Ambient Mode to the OnePlus 3 from 2016 and newer devices, 9to5Google reported on Tuesday.

The new feature for all Android phones was released by Google a few months ago and the rollout, in stages, might take up to a week.

The ambient mode will give a Smart Display-like experience to smartphones or tablets. With this mode, the handsets will provide information about calendar, dates, reminders, music, smart home controls, weather scenarios, and more, that one can see in a smart display device.

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Chinese handset maker OnePlus has announced that the Ambient Mode for Google Assistant will soon be available on its phones. Wikimedia Commons

The mode can also be used to showcase an image slideshow direct from Google Photos on smartphones.

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To activate the feature, a user needs to open the Google app on their smartphone and go to More > Settings > Google Assistant > Assistant tab > Phone > Ambient mode. (IANS)

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Tech Gaint Apple Acquires AI-Based Platform To Improve its Virtual Assistant Siri

This is the second acquisition from Apple this week as it also acquired weather app Dark Sky

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The Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to use Voysis' technology to improve its virtual assistant Siri and the financial details of the deal has not been disclosed yet, The Irish Times reported late Friday. Pixabay

Apple has acquired Dublin-based startup Voysis, a conversational artificial intelligence (AI) platform that enables third parties to integrate high quality voice and natural language capabilities into their products.

The Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to use Voysis’ technology to improve its virtual assistant Siri and the financial details of the deal has not been disclosed yet, The Irish Times reported late Friday.

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“At Voysis, we believe voice will soon be the first point of contact between ‘man’ and machine. We believe that voice driven natural language interfaces will change the way people interact with consumer and enterprise facing applications by creating more intuitive, efficient, and personalized experiences,” according to the company’s LinkedIn bio.

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Apple has acquired Dublin-based startup Voysis, a conversational artificial intelligence (AI) platform that enables third parties to integrate high quality voice and natural language capabilities into their products. Pixabay

Voysis was founded in 2012 by Peter Cahill and Noel Ruane. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland, with additional office in Edinburgh, Scotland and Boston, Massachusetts.

The company has developed voice recognition platform driven by natural language instructions and search capabilities that is extremely good at recognising and responding to voice commands from users.

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This is the second acquisition from Apple this week as it also acquired weather app Dark Sky. (IANS)