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Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google's big plans for the rest of the year

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Google has big plans for the second half of 2019 that run from the home to the auto. At its just-concluded Google I/O developer conference, the tech giant unveiled the Google Nest Hub Max, talked about its plans for Lens and AR, showed a more personal side of Google Assistant, debuted cheaper Pixel 3A and 3A XL phones and revealed new features in in Android Q.


Among its announcements, Google talked about a new "Personal references" feature in Google Assistant, an easier way to turn on dark mode in Android Q, a 10-screen and camera for the new Google Nest Hub Max, affordable Pixel phones with top-of-the-line cameras, and a new version of Duplex that is less creepy.


Here's everything Google announced at its recent developer conference.


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Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes the stage at Google I/O today.


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Google Lens and AR

To kick off the morning's keynote address, Google showed how Google Search and Lens are pushing into deeper phone uses for AR -- and bringing a Great White Shark onto the stage.


Google brings AR and Lens closer to the future of search

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Google Maps doesn't want you walking around in AR

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Google Vice President Aparna Chennapragada demos new AR features. And a shark.


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Google Duplex

Unveiled at last year's Google I/O, Duplex began as an automated method for placing calls on your behalf to perform a few services, such as making reservations at a restaurant, using natural conversation. Today, Google said it intends to bring Duplex to the web, helping you complete tasks in more places.


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Google Duplex, but way less creepy and more useful

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Google intends to extends Duplex to the web.


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Google Assistant

Talk of Assistant took up a good part of the keynote, as the tech giant said it's expanding the reach of its artificial-intelligence personal helpmate to make it much more useful in more places, including in the car.


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Google Assistant comes to the car.


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Android Q

Expected to ship sometime this summer or fall, Android Q will be focused on improving privacy and providing more useful notifications and offer a collection of useful additions. And a dark theme! Today, Google also showed off support for foldable Android phones and said beta 3 of Android Q is available now.


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Android Q lets you get security updates without pesky reboots

Google's push to understand language aims to protect your privacy, too

Google Maps is now getting incognito mode

Google previews Android Q with dark mode

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Android Q beta 3: Dark theme is now easy to turn on but other apps still don't work

Android Q beta's best new tricks from Google I/O 2019

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Google brings nonbinary emoji to Android Q

Android Q rethinks how apps request and use your location

Android Q's speech recognition aims to protect your privacy, too

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Android Q is coming later this year, with dark mode.


Screenshot by Morgan Little/CNET

Hub Max and Google smart home devices

Google said it's reworking its smart-home line, combining its Nest smart home brand and Google Home smart devices into the Google Nest brand. The merged lineup of smart home devices features the new Google Nest Hub Max, which sports a 10-inch screen.


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