Google will listen to your phone calls to stop scammers

Google will listen to your phone calls to stop scammers
Google will listen to your phone calls to stop scammers
At Google I/O 2024, the company revealed a very useful feature that will soon come to Android smartphones, based on Gemini Nano. Many people already know and use the functions integrated into smartphones or via applications that allow them to be alerted if an incoming call could be fraudulent, thanks to the comparison of the telephone number with constantly updated databases. But Google wants to go further. In fact, the functionality will take care of “listening” to the current phone call and understanding if what the other person is saying could be an attempted scam, recognizing known patterns used by scammers to convince the interlocutor to send money, provide identifying information or send sensitive data. Since the feature is based on Gemini Nano, everything will happen locally on your smartphone and no phone call or its transcription will ever be uploaded to a server. Activation of the feature will be at the sole discretion of the user.

At the moment, it is unclear when exactly this feature will arrive on Android smartphones, but the company will provide more information later in the year. Who knows, it could debut with Android 15 and especially with the Pixel 9. To date, the smartphones equipped with Gemini Nano are those of the Pixel 8 and Galaxy S24 families. This is a feature that could really help a lot of less computer savvy people. In fact, we must remember that scammers come up with more and more elaborate plans and that, in a moment of distraction, virtually anyone can fall into a trap.

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