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Google's computer programs are gaining a better understanding of the world, and now it wants them to handle more of the decision-making for the billions of people who use its services. All a person will have to do is strap it on and explore a virtual landscape using a new positional tracking technology called WorldSense. For example, if it sees you've got an trip coming up in your calendar and the traffic is looking heavy, its circle will start glowing - say "Hey Google, what's up?" and it'll tell you to leave early, along with a suggested route.

Affirming its dominance in the tech world with announcing beta version of "Android O" operating system, Google is celebrating the milestone of reaching two billion monthly active Android devices globally. The Android platform is a juicy target for potential scammers, but Google so far seems to have dealt with threats quickly and efficiently (given the scope of the platform, you understand). This OS variant will be particularly useful for Google to penetrate low-income smartphone markets like India, where feature phones are still common - as the Indian market transitions completely away from feature phones to smartphones, Android Go may provide a useful and cheap stepping stone.

Now, Google is drawing upon that treasure trove to teach new tricks to its digital assistant, which debuted previous year on its Pixel phone and an internet-connected speaker called Home that is trying to mount a challenge to Amazon's Echo. Or point the camera at the exterior of a restaurant and it will pull up reviews of the place.

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As The Verge points out, this isn't the first time that Google has added exciting new functionality to smartphone cameras. Google will also let you share whole photo libraries with others. For instance, Photos will notice when you take a shot of a friend and nudge you to send it to her, so you don't forget.

Google Lens will also be able to scan your photos for data, searching for stuff like show details or WiFi passwords. These apps include YouTube Go, a version of the YouTube app that allows users to download videos to watch later, and also lets them choose the video bitrate before playing.

AP technology reporter Tali Arbel contributed from NY.

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