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Google Explains A.I. Behind Android 9 Pie Smart Linkify API

Posted On: Aug 10, 2018   |   Posted By: Android Headlines

Google Explains A.I. Behind Android 9 Pie Smart Linkify API

Following the initial release of Android 9 Pie , Google has set out to explain the A.I. processes behind the OS's vastly improved algorithms that create actionable links over phone numbers and addresses in text. While the concept isn't necessarily new, the company has effectively introduced a new version of the previously used Android Linkify API called Smart Linkify. That's a TextClassifier API trained in TensorFlow which uses small feedforward neural network, including a very similar inference code to that behind Android Oreo's Smart Text Selection feature. That means it can infer whether or not a series of numbers or words is a phone number or address, just as the previously released version of Android does. However, instead of just making it easier to highlight and copy the associated text, it adds a contextually relevant link enabling users to take action immediately with a click rather than by selecting the text manually.
With that said, the underlying process is not at all that simple. It goes far...

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