Google announced during its I/O developer conference the implementation of a new call monitoring feature designed to prevent phone scams on Android phones with the help of Gemini Nano.

The novelty promises to be one of the series of measures that the company is adopting to protect users from fraudulent activities and ensure a safer experience on the platform. This way, they can be alerted during calls if there is a risk of them being scams. Gemini Nano is also being incorporated into Chrome to ensure easier use of the browser. Find out more details:

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New feature may alert you to the possibility of fraudulent calls

The scam detection feature, still in the testing phase, uses Gemini Nano technology, a reduced version of Google’s Gemini language model, specifically adapted for Android devices.

This tool is capable of analyzing conversation patterns and identifying fraudulent language and phrases that are often associated with scams. When red flags are detected during a call, users receive real-time notifications, alerting them to the possibility that they are being targeted by a scam.

Among the indicators that can trigger these alerts are people posing as representatives of entities and banks making requests that are not made by the real entities, such as sensitive personal information, such as passwords or card PINs, payment requests via credit cards, gift and urgent requests for money transfer.

This artificial intelligence-based approach aims to educate and protect users, mainly helping them to recognize and avoid potential telephone scams.

It is important to highlight that all analyzes are carried out locally on the device, ensuring the privacy of users’ conversations. Google emphasizes that user security and privacy are key priorities across all of its products and services.

Although the official launch date for the feature has not yet been announced, Google informs that users will need to opt-in to use this function and promises to provide more information about its availability “later this year”.

Even though it currently seems more difficult for these scams to be successful mainly due to the broad awareness campaign, unfortunately they are still a big problem. A report from the Global Anti-Scam Alliance revealed that one in four individuals globally had lost money to scams or identity theft in the last year, totaling more than $1 trillion in losses.

While the technology offers an additional layer of protection, it is important to note that initial compatibility may be limited. This is because Gemini Nano is currently only supported on select devices such as the Google Pixel 8 Pro and the Samsung S24 series.

Gemini Nano also present on Chrome

During the event, Google also announced the integration of Gemino with Chrome. Thus, the company revealed that version 126 of Chrome will incorporate Gemini Nano to enable AI features directly on the device, such as text generation. Remembering that Gemini Nano was first introduced on the Pixel 8 Pro last year, it has been adapted and optimized for Chrome, ensuring a fast and efficient user experience.

image of Chrome integration with Gemini Nano

This integration will allow users to perform a variety of tasks directly within Chrome, such as generating product reviews, social media posts, and other text.

Additionally, Google announced that Gemini will be available in Chrome Developer Tools (DevTools), a suite of features used by developers to debug and improve their web applications. This means that developers will now be able to rely on the power of AI to provide explanations for error messages and suggestions on how to fix coding issues, speeding up the development process and improving the quality of the code produced.

Gemini’s integration into Chrome follows a growing trend in the technology industry, where AI assistants are increasingly being incorporated into products and services to improve the user experience. Microsoft, for example, introduced its AI assistant, Copilot, to the Edge browser last year, giving users the ability to ask questions and summarize information directly on the screen.

However, unlike Copilot on Edge, Gemini Nano on Chrome runs locally on the user’s device, ensuring privacy and security.

Like the call scam identification feature, Gemini’s integration with Chrome also does not yet have an exact launch date, but the company promised to share more information soon.

Fonte: The Verge [1] [2]


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