Make Siri great again! Apple's smart assistant gets updated, gains on-device learning, instant translation and more

Apple’s smart assistant is about to get a lot smarter. A bunch of important updates was just announced for Siri, which indicates that Cupertino has made some serious efforts to catch up to the likes of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Some of the most intriguing augmentations that you can expect on Siri when iOS 11 goes live include on-device learning that will help out with recommendations and contextual understanding. A Translate service is also being beta tested on the smart assistant, with voice translations offered from English to Chinese, French, German, …


Android Instant Apps on Android O up close


At last year’s Google I/O conference, we were greeted with a preview of Android Instant Apps. The idea behind them is to broaden exposure while also saving on data and storage. Where a natively downloaded Android application may be several dozen megabytes (or a few hundred megabytes) in size, not including related overhead storage or amount of data used, Android Instant Apps use only a fraction of both.

With Android Instant Apps, developers can choose to “deep link” connection requests from compatible Android devices and instead of opening a Chrome browser page, or prompting to install …

New Instant Tethering feature will keep Android users online

Rolling out now to Nexus and Pixel handsets running on Android 7.1.1 is a new feature called Instant Tethering. With this new application, anytime one of your registered Google devices loses a cellular connection, it will automatically send a request to allow the device to tether with your other Android phone or tablet. No setup is required, thanks to Bluetooth. The screen will also show you the battery life of the other device.

Instant Tethering will be available first for Nexus and Pixel devices running on Android 7.1.1. The Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets cannot send out a Wi-Fi signal and …