Google is transferring its advances in
mobile software to users stuck behind desktop and laptop computers.
The web software giant Wednesday unveiled a feature called Conversational Search that lets users ask their computers a question by first getting their attention by saying "OK Google."
The new feature builds on the voice recognition and natural language processing technology the company developed for its Android operating system. It also uses the Google Knowledge Graph which links
different pieces of information to understand the context of people's searches.
Google unveiled the new feature at the opening of its I/O conference for developers in San Francisco, where it revealed that there are now 900 million activated devices using the Android operating system, up from 100 million in 2011 and 400 million last year.
"We believe computing is going through one of the most exciting moments in its history: people are increasingly adopting phones, tablets and newer type of devices, said Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president for Android, Chrome and Apps. "And this spread of technology has the potential to make a positive impact in the lives of people around the world - whether it's simply helping you in your daily commute, or connecting you to information that was previously inaccessible."
Google also unveiled a new streaming music service called All Access, which allows Android users to listen to their favourite songs for 10 dollars a month. The company also introduced the Google Play game service, as well as a new design for Google+, the company's social network.
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