Slate of Google updates boost its smartwatch, work collaboration efforts

 Slate of Google updates boost its smartwatch, work collaboration efforts

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Tuesday unveiled updates across many services, including Maps, Photos and operating systems, as the company showcases its role in a world that has become more digitally connected during the pandemic.

The announcements during the virtually-held Google I/O developer conference add up to a boost for the company’s smartwatch efforts, which compete with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), and for its collaboration tools that rival offerings from Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O).

They also show how Google is aiming to demonstrate that its advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) will keep users attracted to its ad-supported or paid services for shopping, communication and entertainment even as pandemic lockdowns ease and people resume in-person activities.

Google said its smartwatch operating system, Wear OS, would be adopted by its newly-acquired Fitbit unit and Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS), both of which had used their…

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