Don’t let a spotty connection stop you from searching

Whether you’re a commuter reading the news with a spotty network, a farmer looking up crop prices with no service in the fields, or just driving through a tunnel, all is not lost when your search is interrupted by a bad connection. Now on the Google app for Android, even if your search fails, Google will deliver your results as soon as a connection is available—so you can keep searching with a single tap. Mobile networks can sometimes be inconsistent or spotty, which means that even if you have a connection when you start your search, it might fail before you get your results back. With this change, search results are saved as soon as they are retrieved, even if you lose connection afterwards or go into airplane mode. So the next time you lose service, feel free to queue up your searches, put your phone away and carry on with your day. The Google app will work behind-the-scenes to detect when a connection is available again and deliver your search results once completed.   And if you’re worried about data charges or preserving battery life, don’t fret. This feature won’t drain your battery, and by fetching streamlined search results

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Google’s AR platform Tango is going to let museum visitors explore exhibits

In a bid to breathe a little life into its promising augmented reality platform, Tango, Google is partnering with a number of museums around the world. Starting with the Detroit Institute of Arts (before moving on to other, as-yet-unnamed institutions), Google is offering visitors Tango-enabled devices that can be used to explore exhibits in augmented reality. At the DIA, visitors can request a Lenovo Phab 2 Pro (the first Tango-enabled smartphone) from the front desk, and use it to find out more about various artifacts. The handset can peer inside sarcophagi to reveal mummified bodies, visualize lost architecture like the six-story Babylonian Ishtar Gate, and restore ancient limestone reliefs to their original, bright coloring. As well as visualizations, the app (made by GuidiGo, which previously designed AR museum guides for Google Glass) will also offer quizzes and games. It’s a use-case that certainly plays to Tango’s strengths. The platform offers a more immersive take on the AR-through-a-phone-screen experience we’ve become familiar with thanks to apps like Pokémon Go. Advanced sensors not usually seen in a phone are used to map depth and scale, which allows digital overlays to be applied more accurately to 3D surfaces. การนำแพลตฟอร์ม Tango มาเป็นสื่อนำความรู้ให้แก่ผู้ที่มาเยี่ยมชมพิพิธภัณฑ์นั้น เรียกได้ว่าเป็นการนำจุดแข็งของเทคโนโลยี AR

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