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A tiny detail in Google’s new Assistant will make apps a lot smarter

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In case you haven t seen the 2013 sci-fi movie, it s a disturbing love story about a regular guy falling for a voice-based operating system.

And while Google is far from announcing a computer OS that s able to respond via voice to all your queries and help out with day to day chores in intuitive ways in human-like fashion, it s certainly laying the foundation for such a future.

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The Assistant APIs will let Android app developers take advantage of the various other APIs that tell a phone where you are, what you re doing, and what s around you to build automatic actions on your smartphone that happen without requiring input from the user.

The apps would only wake up and link to each other when needed, and Google s APIs would make sure that the phone is running smoothly, and that computational power and battery is saved.

For example, real estate app Trulia has been working with the Awareness API to tailor its notifications so that they only show up on the screen in certain conditions.

A user might receive a reminder about an open house only when he or she is in the neighborhood, if he or she is walking rather than driving or running, and if it s sunny outside.

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