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Some Google searches are now answered by selfie videos from celebrities

Available first on mobile with Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez, Seth MacFarlane, and others.

Google’s always testing out new features here and there for making its many services as great as can be, and the latest one has to do with its bread and butter, Google Search. In a blog post that was published on December 7, Product Manager Rami Banna announced that some searches on Google will now showcase selfie videos from your favorite celebrities.

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This is something that’s launching first on mobile, and when asking something such as “Can Will Ferrell really play the drums?”, you’ll see a video that you can play in which Will Ferrell answers that question directly through a selfie video. This is something that seems to have come completely out of left field, but after messing around with it for a couple minutes, it’s actually kind of fun.

You can pause a video once it starts by tapping on your screen, and swiping through the cards near the bottom or letting the video finish playing will take you to the next question.

d6268_google-search-shortcuts Some Google searches are now answered by selfie videos from celebrities

Celebrities that you’ll find video responses from include Priyanka Chopra, Will Ferrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kenan Thompson, Allison Williams, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Yeo and Dominique Ansel.

The video responses don’t show up when asking questions via Google Assistant, but they work fine when searching through the main Google app.

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iPhone X answered: New Android phones will get ‘deep portrait’ and Face ID

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month and there are already plans to replicate its most unique features in high-end 2018 Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography and Face ID and Unlock will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Android phones next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is much more compelling than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the System-on-a-Chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth sensing and support IR sensors for face mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

iPhone X answered: New Android phones will get ‘deep portrait’ and Face ID

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month and there are already plans to replicate its most unique features in high-end 2018 Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography and Face ID and Unlock will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Android phones next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is much more compelling than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the System-on-a-Chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth sensing and support IR sensors for face mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

iPhone X answered: New Android phones will get ‘deep portrait’ and Face ID

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month and there are already plans to replicate its most unique features in high-end 2018 Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography and Face ID and Unlock will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Android phones next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is much more compelling than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the System-on-a-Chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth sensing and support IR sensors for face mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

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Full Access to content on Thurrott.com: Thurrott readers will have access to deeper, richer articles written by Paul and the Thurrott Team.

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All your iPhone X questions answered (The 3:59, Ep. 309)

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iPhone X, notch and all.


CNET

With the iPhone X going on sale this Friday, we invited over reviewer Scott Stein to talk about what it’s been like using the device.

We discussed the new Face ID biometric system, edge-to-edge screen with a cutout “notch” on top and the phone’s hefty price. Plus, check out the extended show on YouTube for more iPhone X topics and viewers’ questions.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

Check out the extended shows on YouTube. 

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