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Google’s six new Assistant voices are now live

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

During the Google I/O keynote, Google talked about the WaveNet voice engine and how it was making speech synthesis more realistic. To drive the point home, Google announced six new Assistant voices were coming to devices. We expected them to roll out at a later date, but they're already live in the Assistant settings.

The voices appear to be out on all devices. We've checked Pixels on Android P, a Galaxy S9, and more.

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Google's six new Assistant voices are now live was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Emoji Scavenger Hunt is a browser-based game that tries to make machine learning fun and accessible

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

"Machine learning" and "neural network" are familiar terms to anyone who follows what Google is up to these days, but they may not be the most accessible or comprehensible concepts for the masses. And that's fine — you don't need to have a firm grasp of machine learning to enjoy better photos or keyboards, for instance. Still, Google has been quietly showcasing ways for users to get more hands-on with these concepts, and the latest such experiment is a game called Emoji Scavenger Hunt.

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Google's Emoji Scavenger Hunt is a browser-based game that tries to make machine learning fun and accessible was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s new Cloud Text-to-Speech platform incorporates DeepMind’s WaveNet technology for more natural sounding voices

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Back in December last year, we looked in-depth at the work Google has been doing to improve text-to-speech and other artificial language use cases. Artificial voice synthesis can be much more powerful and impressive thanks to WaveNet neural network technology, developed by Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind. It's been used to make the Google Assistant sound more natural, and now makes up part of a whole new product: Cloud Text-to-Speech.

According to Google's blog post, the new service can be used to bring advanced artificial voices to a variety of areas, such as voice response systems for call centers, conversations with IoT devices, and converting text-based media to audio.

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Google's new Cloud Text-to-Speech platform incorporates DeepMind's WaveNet technology for more natural sounding voices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter is using neural networks to improve photo cropping

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Twitter doesn't show full photos when they appear in the stream—you need to tap to expand the whole image. Unfortunately, the cropped version of the photo is often framed awkwardly because it's just the middle section of the image. Twitter is solving that problem with a neural network that can understand the composition of your images.

The neural network is looking for so-called “salient” image regions. Scientists have studied what people consider salient in images for years using eye-tracking technology.

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Twitter is using neural networks to improve photo cropping was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces MobileNets, a family of mobile-first visual recognition models

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Today Google has announced the release of MobileNets, a series of TensorFlow vision models built for comparatively low-power, low-speed platforms like mobile devices. In a cross-post on both the Open Source and Research blogs, Google released details about the new visual recognition software. Now even more useful machine learning tools can operate natively on your phone’s hardware, in a fast and accurate way. And, future tools like Google Lens will be able to perform more functions locally, without as much need for mobile data, and without waiting. 

It’s one thing to run a machine learning network on a system with a ton of hardware power, without having to worry about things like battery life or sharing resources with other pesky apps or services.

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Google announces MobileNets, a family of mobile-first visual recognition models was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Here are a few ways machine learning has improved Gboard

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Gboard Machine Learning Hero

Google has been improving Gboard with the same type of tools they use for speech recognition: machine learning. The budding technology is rapidly becoming a ubiquitous method for improving results and performance. If a network can be trained to accurately accomplish something in a performant way, odds are you'll see it introduced to any product it can be applied to. Gboard and text-input as a whole are no different, and we are reaping the benefits of improved corrections and predictions every time we swipe out a low-accuracy message to a friend.

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Here are a few ways machine learning has improved Gboard was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: APK Download] Google Allo can use your selfie to create a personalized sticker pack with machine learning

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Selfies are a bit of a pandemic these days; it's almost impossible to get through a day without seeing at least a few on social media. In keeping with that theme, along with Allo's obsession with sticker packs, the 'smart messaging app' can now create personalized sticker packs from just a selfie.

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[Update: APK Download] Google Allo can use your selfie to create a personalized sticker pack with machine learning was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Allo can use your selfie to create a personalized sticker pack with machine learning

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Selfies are a bit of a pandemic these days; it's almost impossible to get through a day without seeing at least a few on social media. In keeping with that theme, along with Allo's obsession with sticker packs, the 'smart messaging app' can now create personalized sticker packs from just a selfie. We first spotted this in a teardown back in January, but it's finally live.

To accomplish this, Google employed an algorithm that could not only recognize things like color values in eyes, but also the visual surroundings.

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Google Allo can use your selfie to create a personalized sticker pack with machine learning was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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