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EngadgetFeb 26, 2024
Google brings Gemini to Messages and adds AI text summaries for Android Auto
Google has announced a slew of Android updates to kick off MWC this year, including Gemini integration with Messages and AI-powered text summaries for when you're driving. As of this week, Messages users will be able to access Google's chatbot without leaving the texting app. Gemini in Messages can handle basic tasks like drafting messages and helping to plan events, or you can just chat with it if you're bored. The feature is still in beta, and it's only available to English-language Messages users for now, Google says.

Android Auto is also getting a boost from AI that could help minimize distractions from people texting you while you're on the road. If the group chat is blowing up your phone with nonstop messages or if someone is sending you novels of text, Android Auto will automatically summarize the messages and read you its more succinct version. It'll also suggest replies and actions based on the messages, like sharing your ETA, so you can respond with a single tap and focus on driving.

Google Google also announced some new accessibility features for Android at MWC, including AI-generated image captions in the Lookout app. It'll be able to generate descriptions for images found online or received in messages and read them aloud to the user. The feature is only available in English to start, but is roll


New York Times TechFeb 25, 2024
What to Know About the Supreme Court Case on Free Speech on Social Media
Both Florida and Texas passed laws regulating how social media companies moderate speech online. The laws, if upheld, could fundamentally alter how the platforms police their sites.
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