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How to stop Google’s Smart Compose text suggestions

When you’re composing a document or email in Google Docs or Gmail, you may have noticed that the application often tries to finish sentences for you. As I was writing this, Google suggested “when I started writing this” instead of my preferred “when I started to type.” That’s because of Google’s Smart Compose feature, which tries to anticipate your thought processes and add what it thinks you’re going to type next.Once a suggestion appears (in slightly lighter type), you have two choices: if you like it, you can hit the…

A deal to bring Google’s AI to the iPhone carries major questions arou

This story originally appeared in The Technology Letter and is republished here with permission.A report Monday by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, citing unnamed sources, stated that Apple is in talks with Alphabet’s Google to bring the latter’s artificial intelligence mega-program, Gemini, to the iPhone. Gurman’s report raised but did not answer an interesting question, Who pays whom?Gemini is a recently-released program from Google that can do things similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, but also a whole lot more, such as finding a…

Samsung implements Google’s seamless updates on Galaxy A55 5G

In November last year, we noticed “seamless updates” on Google’s Pixel devices starting to get a lot faster than before, and now it seems that Samsung has at least adopted this functionality. This is a feature for Android, also known as A/B system updates which lets you normally use the phone while the update gets installed in the background. After the March 2024 security patch update, the Galaxy A55 5G users have seen this Android feature in action which has been available in Google’s Pixel devices for a while. The…

Why Google’s $499 Pixel 8 is the best phone deal right now

Max Buondonno/ZDNETWhat's the deal?The Google Pixel 8 is on sale for $499 for Amazon's Big Spring Sale, a savings of $200.Why this deal is ZDNET-recommendedThe Pixel 8.View at AmazonA big reason why this is such a compelling option is the Tensor G3 chip, Google's latest in-house processor that powers all of the Pixel 8's AI and machine learning features. It's not just a solid Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 alternative, but a monumental reason why the Pixel 8 is such a great phone.The chip powers all the Google Pixel-ness of the

Chrome makes it easier to switch to a password manager on Android that is not Google’s own

Google Password Manager has been around for a long time and it has been very helpful. It autofills the passwords in browsers when we try to log in to our accounts and saves us time and adds an extra layer of security as it supplies strong passwords. However, if you wanted a password manager other than Google's, the process was a huge problem. But now, it is going to change as Google will be allowing the easy adoption of third-party password managers. A third-party password manager will provide greater flexibility to…

Fitbit Will Start Talking to You Thanks to Google’s New AI

Photo: Bloomberg / Contributor (Getty Images)Google announced it’s building a new large language model that will give health and fitness tips on Tuesday, part of a broader push across the company to develop AI health algorithms and robot doctor tools.Generating Video Via Text? | Future TechFitbit (a subsidiary of Google) is partnering with Google Research on the project, which the company calls “Personal Health Large Language Model.” In a press release, Google said it’s fine-tuning the algorithm to give personalized

Apple and Google’s discussions to bring Google’s Gemini AI to iPhone seconded by the New York Times

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Apple and Google are working on a “blockbuster agreement that would shake up the AI industry.” Top Apple analyst Mark Gurman reported that the two companies are in “active negotiations to let Apple license Gemini, Google’s set of generative AI models.”Days later, we've got another report that seconds these discussions. This time around, it's from the New York Times. The new report backs up what Gurman previously reported, with a source of "three people with knowledge of the…

Fitbit is about to get some major AI upgrades, powered by Google’s ‘Personal Health’ LLM

Matthew Miller/ZDNETWearables track important biometric data that can tell you about your personal health, habits, and more. However, interpreting this data takes time, so Google Research and Fitbit are partnering to use artificial intelligence (AI) to make the analysis process easier. On Tuesday, at The Check Up, Google Health's annual event, Google Research and Fitbit announced they are working together to build a Personal Health Large Language model (LLM) that gives users more insights and recommendations based on…

RCS messaging broken on Samsung Galaxy phones, working fine on Google’s app?

Rich Communication Services or RCS messaging is broken for some Samsung Galaxy smartphone users. RCS is reportedly fumbling with messages or dropping them entirely. RCS offers enhanced functionality compared to standard text messaging (SMS) and has built-in encryption and read receipt support. Google’s long-standing dream is fast becoming a reality, oftentimes forced, for Android smartphone users and the cracks could be showing. RCS is broken on Android smartphones but primarily affects Galaxy devices Several Samsung…

Of course Apple wants to bring Google’s Gemini AI to iPhones

Apple is reportedly in talks with Google to integrate its Gemini AI in iPhones, Bloomberg reports, a move that should help both companies compete with OpenAI and its (heavily invested) partner Microsoft. While it might seem like an admission that Apple is lagging behind on AI, the partnership fits if you think of generative AI models as an evolution of web searching, something Google already provides to all of Apple's devices. According to the report, Gemini could be the cloud-based generative AI engine for Siri and other…