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Google I/O 2019: The biggest announcements from the keynote

Google I/O is Google's annual developer conference. Here's everything that happened at this year's show.
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Next-generation Google Assistant

Google showed off the next version of Google Assistant. 

One of the hurdles that Google faces with Assistant is the quantity of data needed to process voice commands. This can cause a lag. Pichai said Google has been able to shrink this down now, and that it can be housed on a device, rather than in the cloud, resulting in lower latency. 

Google therefore demoed how its new Assistant can respond to requests in lightning fast time -- and without saying "OK Google" every time. The demo consisted of various voice-controlled scenarios, from opening apps, to getting information, all as one continuous conversation.

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New accessibility features

Google's next topic involved accessibility and the new technologies it is developing to help people with disabilities. 

The first is Live Caption. It essentially offers on-device live captioning for videos. Next, Google demoed Live Relay, which allows people with speech disabilities to make phone calls using the Google Assistant. 

Lastly, Google showed off Project Euphonia from Google AI. Its goal is to help people with speech impairments communicate faster and easier.

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