Google plans an AI smartphone update

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The Future. Google is hoping to beat competitors in putting an AI assistant on smartphones… even if it means licensing out the technology to frenemies like Samsung. With the status of OpenAI and Jony Ive’s AI hardware device a mystery, Google may have a chance to regain the lead in AI market share by turning the mobile Google Play store into a chatbot hub.

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The next era of smartphones could be all about AI assistants.

  • Google announced that it was loading its Bard chatbot assistant onto its next generation of Pixel phones.
  • Samsung could also be loaded with Bard, per The Verge, because Google may see the benefit of launching on mobile with a more successful Android-using brand.
  • Rabbit isn’t a mobile phone company itself, but its proprietary gadget connects with phones to become an AI assistant that has access to your apps and accounts.
  • Apple is playing catchup on chatbots, but it’s now revamping Siri for all of its devices.

One thing seems to be sure — no one’s really trying to compete with Humane’s pin-on AI device. Trying to beat the user experience of a smartphone may be too ambitious.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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