Android Things Developer Preview 4 adds full support for Google Assistant

Google to push Siri-like AI-powered assistant to Apple iPhone, new photo books service

Google Assistant, the company's voice technology featured in devices like Google Home, will soon work with GE appliances like ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, washers and dryers. Assistant will be available as a free and standalone app on Apple's App store and could be downloaded for the iPhone from there. The main difference, however, is that it won't come preloaded on new iPhones. However, the best part is that the Assistant app will integrate with other Google apps on the iPhone, and will play a YouTube video if the user asks it to do so.

Google's AI will show up in other new products this week. The company's popular Photos app will be upgraded with a feature for creating physical coffee table photo books, according to the person familiar. In the past Apple too launched a similar feature for its iPhoto application on Mac computers, however, it was discontinued about an year ago. It's available on the company's newer Photos app.

Google is another big rival for Shutterfly Inc., which offers a digital photo storage service, photo books and calendars. On Tuesday, Shutterfly stock dropped as much as 4.8 percent to $49.33, the most in more than three months.

With a major focus of Android Things on helping developers build production-ready devices that can be brought to market, Google is releasing a series of production samples showcasing hardware and software designs working together. Users will be able to ask the Assistant how many cleaning pods are left in the dishwasher, or tell it to pre-heat the oven to 350F, or ask if the laundry is clean.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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