Update: Apple knows how to put on a show, right? While the cellphone maker is the king of making big announcements each September with its new iPhones and Macs, this week Google upstaged Apple big time.
The search engine giant unveiled amazing new products that'll change everything about the way you communicate with the people you love, and the way you keep them safe.
Earlier this week, we gave you an insider's sneak peek stating what Google would unveil at its Google I/O conference. But just about everyone has been surprised by how much new stuff Google is introducing. There's a reason you're hearing "game changer" a lot to describe these five new Google tools you'll be using soon.
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This is amazing! Duo is Google's answer to another successful technology program. It's a super simple video chat app for your smartphone. It works like Apple's FaceTime, except it is compatible on both Android and Apple.
It's incredibly easy to use. Just call someone using their phone number. A cool and unique feature it has is called "Knock, Knock," which provides a video preview of who's calling you.
2. Google Home
Earlier this week, we thought that Google might not reveal its answer to Amazon's Echo at the conference, but we're sure glad we were wrong. Google Home, and its virtual assistant the Google Assistant, is the company's version of Amazon's Echo and Alexa.
It's a smart speaker that's capable of many tasks, such as conducting Google searches to telling you what your plans are for the week. It can also control your TV, music, smart home appliances and more.
Note: One heads up about Google Home. Like other Google devices, it's always listening to you, unless you turn it off.
To put it bluntly, Google knows a lot about us, and it wants to know more. It knows our search history, Gmail, personal information, the addresses we look up, the videos we like to watch, and so much more. The upside is, this in-depth knowledge about us can make the Google Assistant customized to you. Google Home is expected to be released next year.
Watch the video below to learn more about this controversial speaker.