Google’s latest partnership could make smartphones smarter

Google has signed a deal with Movidius to include its Myriad 2 MA2450 processor in future devices. The search giant first worked with Movidius back in 2014 for its Project Tango devices, and it’s now licensing the company’s latest tech to “accelerate the adoption of deep learning within mobile devices.” “Deep learning” refers to a complex neural network — a computer program that mimics the human brain. Neural networks have been the driving force behind rapidly improving image and speech recognition tools, but mostly these tasks require an internet connection. When you talk to your Android phone, for example, your voice is actually processed by a server farm somewhere, which does all the heavy lifting. More recently, Google managed to cram a network into its Translate app, allowing…


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