Google Assistant on Pixel 4 may handle calls while you're on hold
Google Assistant's ability to handle phone calls may extend beyond booking appointments. A 9to5Googlesource claims Assistant on the upcoming Pixel 4 will have the option of taking over when you're on hold, bringing you back when another human answers. You'd only have to tap a button to ignore the hold music and get things done. It's not clear if this will also skip the canned "your call is very important to us" messages, but that's certainly the dream -- you wouldn't be jolted back into the call until an actual service rep was there to help. This might not be available the moment the Pixel 4 is ready, however.
It' s not that difficult to invoke Google Assistant on most Pixel phones , whether it' s saying "hey Google ," squeezing the sides or making an on-screen It' s not clear if this will be enabled by default, or how Google might prevent accidental Assistant use outside of requiring specific timing (will it
The Made by Google flagships could feature an interesting way to launch that next-generation Assistant : raise to talk. Starting with 2017’ s Pixel 2 After lifting your phone up, asking a question or issuing a command will invoke Assistant . Your speech has to come immediately after the raise or
It's not that difficult to invoke Google Assistant on most, whether it's saying "hey Google," squeezing the sides or making an on-screen gesture. With the , however, it might become downright trivial. A 9to5Google claims the upcoming device will let you start Assistant commands just by raising your device and starting to speak. You'd just have to do what comes instinctively to ask about the weather or turn on some lights.
It's not clear if this will be enabled by default, or how Google might prevent accidental Assistant use outside of requiring specific timing (will it inadvertently react to an ongoing conversation, for example?). The apparent leak also doesn't indicate whether or not raise to talk would be available on launch. Other rumored Assistant features, like the ability to, are believed to be too rough around the edges to be ready for launch. If this is accurate, however, Google will lean heavily on Assistant upgrades to sell the Pixel 4 in addition to its hardware tricks.
World-2018: the VAR, as simple as a phone call
A phone. A good old landline phone. In case of a breakdown of communications between the VAR operational center in Moscow and one of the World Cup stadiums, the video assistant will inform the fourth referee of a call by a simple phone call. error to correct.
For the World Cup in Russia, FIFA has chosen the German model, that is to say, a single control center VAR, installed in Moscow. And not, as is done for example in Italy, to have a video room in each stadium.
This operational center, located within IBC, the large television broadcasting zone, will be connected to the 12 stadiums via an optical fiber network. And if the network had to crash?
"We have backup solutions with intercoms provided by broadcasters, and if these solutions also crash, then we have a fixed telephone line No mobile, because with 80,000 people at the stadium, there are so many frequencies , signals ... ", explained Sebastian Runge, head of FIFA's Technology Innovation Group.
"This will be used first by the VAR, who can call the stadium and say," OK, there is something wrong ", he added.
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For all that, even in this critical situation, the VAR would continue to operate, still using this old-fashioned landline telephone, installed next to the fourth referee, on the edge of the ground.
"Yes, in this case, we would continue to use the VAR.In case of obvious error, the VAR makes a phone call to the fourth referee, who picks up and can talk to the central office.This system would work. there is no reason to stop the VAR, "assured Sebastian Runge.
Because there is even "a scenario of the worst", in which everything would be done at the stadium.
"This is the case where all the IBC is out of service, no electricity, no fiber network, in which case the 4th referee becomes VAR and is replaced by the reserve referee. in the TV room, from where the images are normally sent to the IBC.This booth can be converted into a + light + version of the VOR ", the video operations room where the VARs are installed, explained Sebastian Runge.
The issue of piracy has also been considered. "It has been discussed, we know it can happen, but our IT department has put things in place to protect us," says the German official.
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