Google Introduces AI Integration to Android Auto


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Artificial intelligence has been in existence for some time, but the game changed with the introduction of OpenAI’s ChatGPT last year. Google, while considered by some to be late to the party, quickly embraced AI, integrating it into various products like Workspace and Search. Now, Google appears to be extending its AI capabilities to Android Auto, with a focus on summarizing lengthy messages.

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Details found in the code of Google app version 14.52 (beta) by the folks at 9to5Google indicate that there are plans for artificial intelligence to create a brief summary of a “busy conversation.” As per our comprehension, this addition would work alongside the current feature allowing messages to be read aloud using Google Assistant driving mode, rather than replacing it.

Once the feature is implemented, users can expect the following description:

Assistant can now summarize your messages. These summaries will be generated by artificial intelligence, so it’s possible there could be mistakes. You can turn this off any time in Android Auto Settings. Would you like to continue and have assistant summarize your busy conversations?

This explanation clarifies the intended functionality, and it’s commendable that Google acknowledges the potential for mistakes in AI-generated summaries. However, a skeptical perspective might question the utility of such a feature, considering the possibility of AI misinterpreting critical context within a conversation.

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A practical scenario for the usefulness of this feature is in busy group chats where users exchange constant messages. You may likely prefer not to have each message read out loud. While there isn’t a visual representation of what these summaries would look like at the moment, more clarity on this aspect may emerge as we approach a broader release. However, the specific timeline for when this feature will be available to all users remains unknown.

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AI features are already present in the Android messaging experience, as seen with functionalities like Magic Compose on Google Messages. However, this new integration represents a unique approach and may evoke mixed reactions from users. Given the advancements in AI capabilities made by the company this year, it is quite clear that 2024 will be a particularly active year for the search giant.

Google presently hosts several compelling AI projects, including Help Me Visualize on Slides, AI building blocks, or Help Me Write on Google Docs. Additionally, there’s the capability to generate various backgrounds for Google Meet calls. A recent addition to Google’s AI lineup is the Gemini model, featured in the Pixel 8 Pro’s Nano trim. This model powers tasks such as Smart Replies in Gboard and the Summarize function within the Recorder app.

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