Google Assistant on Android TV, Tilt Brush Artist in Residence Program and More

CES 2017: BMW i and Tango test drive a new virtual reality app, Google Assistant on Android TV, Tilt Brush Artist in Residence Program, new Samsung Chromebook Pro and Samsung Chromebook Plus.

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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, Google shared an update coming to Assistant in the coming year—first up, Google Assistant is making its way to Android TV, as part of an upcoming update on Android supported TVs and set-top boxes.

According to plan, "the Assistant on Android TV will first launch to NVIDIA SHIELD in the US, along with all Android TVs running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat, such as AirTV Player, Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, Xiaomi Mi Box and more," google said.

Further the company said, the Assistant will also come to smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0, Android-powered in-car infotainment systems and many other types of devices through the Embedded Google Assistant SDK.

Here are some ways the Google Assistant on Android TV can help:

  • Play content: "Play Stranger Things on Netflix."
  • Discover content: "Search YouTube for Jimmy Kimmel." And you can also ask a follow-up if you're interested in more videos by saying: "Play the second one."
  • Get answers: "Tell me about Jurassic Park?"
  • Set the right mood: "Dim the lights."
  • Get ready for your day: "How long will it take to get to work?"

Actions on Google, which was introduced in December had since then a number of services released for Google Home to have a coverstaion wll soon help make sure you are ready to hit the road, just ask "Ok Google, ask Mercedes how much gas is in the tank."

Google Assistant on Android TV

BMW Group helping customer to make car shopping an easier and more experiential, with a new BMW i Visualiser, a Tango enabled app created with Accenture, and that allows you to configure, customize and walk around a BMW i3 and i8 before you buy one—so, no more visting a showroom, or online borchures or asking for a test drive.

The virtual reality app provides an immersive experience for potential buyers so much so that Andrea Castronovo of BMW Group says, in the initial tests, as people entered the car virtually in the app, "we saw them ducking down, as if there really were a roof there for them to bang their heads on." "It's that level of detail which means this technology offers the customers real added value."

The app will be available in the next coming weeks, to try out with a Product Genius in select BMW dealerships internationally including US, UK, Germany, Norway, Spain, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, China and Japan.

Later in the year, the app will also available through Google Play, for you to design your car from anywhere.

You can also experience similar AR apps on Tango enabled devices including the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR coming soon.

BMW i Tango VR App

In another news, from CES show, Google and Samsung has announced a new generation of Chromebooks, designed to work with millions of Google Play store apps: "Samsung Chromebook Pro" and "Samsung Chromebook Plus."

Both thin and lightweight at only 2.38 lbs, can easily be convertied from a laptop with a full keyboard to a tablet. Samsung Chromebook Pro, features an Intel Core m3 processor, while Plus sports an ARM microprocessor.

In addition, a Quad HD high-resolution touch screen, with a built-in pen comes with these new gen Chromebooks. The pen can be used with apps like Samsung ArtCanvas, to capture handwritten notes, as well as to search with Google Keep.

Other Chromebook features, like simple automatic updates, built-in virus protection, running multiple apps — online or offline are all still there.

Samsnung Chromebook Pro

Tilt Brush, a new Google virtual reality app lets you paint in three-dimensional space, walk around your brush strokes from any angle, and use fantastical materials like fire, stars and rainbows.

Since, its launch in April last year, more than 60 artists helping explore their style in virtual reality as part of the Tilt Brush Artist in Residence program (AiR). The Tilt Brush team created AiR to help artists explore the possibilities in virtual reality as a medium. Now, beginning today, everyone can explore the AiR site to see their creations.

Also, now anyone with Tilt Brush can use the new slimmer brush, which was created for Antonio Canobbio, creative director at Titmouse Animation. Finally, also available now is the new YouTube export feature.

Tilt Brush: The Rescue byPeter Chan

Google app for iOS app update is out, now versioned at 22.0.0, it includes a few changes that unlike past, now let searchers stay and they won't need to leave the app as often as in the past. The changes include: "Watch YouTube videos right in your feed — instantly play YouTube videos from cards in your feed. No need to open a new web page or the YouTube app," "See rates and booking info in search results for hotels," "Open restaurant menus instantly from restaurant search results; no need to load an external web page."

You can download version 22.0.0 at the Apple App Store.

Google App for iOS