Google Adds a Dose of Machine Learning, NLP to Hangouts

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Google LogoStephen Shankland of CNet recently reported, “Google updated its Hangouts app on Wednesday so the multipurpose communication tool can detect when people are trying to find each other and make it easier to connect. The updated app, available for Google’s Android mobile operating system first but submitted to Apple for approval on iOS, also lets people express themselves with stickers and video filter effects, Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product at Google, said at the LeWeb conference here.”

Shankland continues, “The new app works by using natural-language processing to discover when one person has asked — in a variety of ways — where the other person is. That app then offers the other person an option to send location information with customizable precision. ‘This is one of the most familiar experiences — people are trying to connect in physical world,’ Horowitz said. It’s cumbersome for people at movies, in conferences and in the rain to leave their messaging app, retrieve location information, then move back and share it. ‘We use machine learning and natural language processing to give an assist. With one click, you can share your location. This is entirely optional,’ he said.”

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