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Google to Launch On-Device AI for Android

Alphabet is bringing Artificial Intelligence to smartphones.

Right now, most of the tech giant’s AI power is only accessible to users who can get an Internet connection and tap into the cloud; the next step, Google announced at its event I/O, is embedding  those capabilities directly in their handsets.

Google’s current machine learning framework, Tensor Flow, was released in 2015 and is an all-time favourite of researchers and developers.

But now new version TensorFlowLite , announced by Google’s vice-president for Android engineering Dave Burke,  will take that a step further, allowing AI algorithms to work on-device without relying on the cloud.

“It’s a library for apps, designed to be fast and small, but still enabling state-of-the-art techniques,” he said.“We think these new capabilities will help power the next generation of on-device speech processing, visual search, augmented reality, and more.”

Tranferring AI directly on the device would increase machine learning applications’ speed and privacy— besides obviously not requiring an internet connection.


The company also hinted at launching new smartphone chips that work better with AI applications.

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