Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Google removes 'Watches' category from its online store

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Garry Little | 06 October, 2017, 00:30

Google appears to have killed the Android Wear section of the Google Store with the smartwatches supported by the platform also listed as no longer available.

Also, if you have a phone or tablet running Lollipop or older, don't think that this means you'll magically be able to get Google Assistant on your device. The voice assistant was released previous year for the Pixel devices then was later rolled out to all the phones running the newer Android versions. At the I/O Google announced its launch of the AI based assistant and made its debut with a Pixel Smartphone. Okay, okay, we kid, but we do like custom icon packs and we also like sharing our favorites with you, the readers!

It is not of great help for those who already have Google Assistant installed on their phone, but just a way of triggering the digital assistant if that's you were looking forward to. The new voice is called "Voice II" and is available in the US English version of the app only. Google Play wants to be the streaming service of choice for all Google devices.

Now the Google Store is expanding, meaning you'll be able to access it in even more countries! "The Android Beta Program gives you an opportunity to try out prerelease versions of Android and Android Wear, and provide feedback". Instead, it just installs a widget you can add to your home screen, in case you find it inconvenient to launch Assistant from other places. And, it seems Google does not want to remember the category outside the event also, as Android Wear's dedicated section has disappeared from the Google Store home page as well.

Google has made it no secret that AI and machine learning is its new obsession, and Google Assistant is the user-facing interface to all of that. Throughout the course of the event, various titbits of information on upgrades to Google Assistant were dropped in each presentation.

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