Artificial intelligence takes over the new wave of smartphones

We all know, even if we can’t name it directly, Artificial Intelligence; thousands of devices and applications work around this innovative tool of technology, from Instagram’s algorithm to your cell phone camera. One of the most prominent companies using AI is Alphabet Inc. Despite its subsidiary Google getting embroiled in a mess of lawsuits every month, its priorities are clear: improve its products for the benefit of customers.

At the annual Google conference, CEO Sundar Pichai echoed the improvement of artificial intelligence systems to alert users when they are using non-inclusive or offensive language. As for its popular mapping service, Google Maps, two new modes were announced: one that suggests the safest route and directs the user through the streets where there are fewer accidents and another that prioritizes the most ecologically sustainable route, i.e. the one that will generate fewer carbon dioxide emissions.

Turning the focus to the world of smartphones, for the first time, the first search engine worldwide will equip its new Pixel 6 phone model with an in-house chip specifically designed to fully exploit the possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI), especially in the fields of photography and voice recognition.

The improvement is achieved thanks to the implementation of “Tensor”, the new chip that can use automated learning techniques and AI to polish the photographic work and offer in milliseconds a much-improved result.

The cell phone is powered by a dual camera, so when a photograph is taken, immediately the system ‘feeds’ light from both cameras, delivering the final perfected product.

“What the Tensor microprocessor allows us to do is to overcome the computational limits that we were encountering both with hardware from other vendors and in our previous Pixels,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s vice president for devices and services, tells Efe.

In addition to definition and color, the chip also helps correct motion in blurry photos and, when decisions need to be made about which aspects to improve, it always prioritizes human faces. Along with photography, voice recognition is the other area in which Tensor enables great advances, such as the entire process being carried out within the device itself, without the need to be connected to the cloud or even to the Internet.

Thus, when playing any video on the phone, the option to include subtitles and translate them into another language in real-time appears just below the soundbar.

The new Google smartphone has two versions: simple (Pixel 6) and full (Pixel 6 Pro); both come in six colors blue, red, yellow, white, black, and gray. The company has not yet announced an exact date for the official presentation, the usual is that it shows its new phones to the public during October.

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