Google announced a new smart speaker called Nest Audio and the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) smartphones at its product launch event yesterday. VentureBeat reports that neither phone appears to have many new AI-enabled features, which has been the case for past Pixel hardware. We covered some of Google's latest AI-powered features, which you can read below:
- At the launch event, the company said it has replaced its Google Home speakers with Nest Audio priced at $99. As of January 2020, Amazon had a market share of 53% in the smart speakers market, down from 61% in Jan. 2019. Google's market share increased from 23.9% to 31%.
- Google’s Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a phones will have "Hold for Me," an AI-powered service that will monitor call center phone calls that are on hold and send a notification to users when a representative picks up. If the user doesn't respond immediately, Google’s assistant will ask the rep to wait. It's powered by Google’s Duplex AI scheduling assistant.
- A new update to the Google Photos app has two new AI-based photo editing tools. The first is one-tap edits, which use machine learning to provide suggestions to specific photos. Portrait Light, which is on the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a, allows users to change the lighting of their photos after they're captured (see gif above).
- A machine learning algorithm experiment known as Google Tone Transfer allows users to record music in their heads, which an algorithm converts into a digital signal to create actual instrumental music. This tool is based on Google Magenta AI's Differentiable Digital Signal Processing library.
- Smart Cleanup, which uses AI to autocomplete data and suggests formatting in Google Sheets, recently launched in general availability for G Suite users.