Tag: Google Assistant

[Update: Wide rollout] Redesigned Google Assistant settings page is rolling out

As Google Assistant has gotten more powerful, the settings have also gotten more complicated. A new layout has been popping up intermittently over the last few weeks, but now it looks like it’s rolling out more widely. Curious? We’ve got some screens below. The old Assistant settings UI was just one long screen broken up […]

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Logitech Harmony direct control is finally live on Google Assistant (and Home), but there are some limitations

Article Contents Harmony’s history with Google Home and Assistant goes way back. When support for the service first rolled out, it was an Actions on Google integration (or Assistant app). That meant you had to “ask Harmony to do something” every time, which only worked with your own voice (no support for other home members unless […]

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Google app v8.28 beta prepares for manually hiding Slices, more changes for a general settings page, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents There’s a new beta for the Google app rolling out, and this one takes a sizeable leap in version number to 8.28 from the 8.24 that came out just about a week and a half ago. There’s not a lot to see in the way of changes, and even the teardown is on […]

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Google Assistant has some new Halloween tricks (and treats)

Google Assistant is getting into the Halloween spirit. You can ask Google Assistant Halloween-related questions and get silly (or spooky!) answers. Even “regular” Google Assistant commands will likely get spooky as we get closer to October 31. Halloween is right around the corner, and Google Assistant is getting into the (ghostly) spirit of things. Starting […]

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Google Pixel Stand review: The best accessory Google has ever made

What is a Google Home, really? If you think about it, the Google Home is just a way for Google’s virtual assistant to express itself. Assistant can live in speakers and headphones, smart displays and smartwatches, but the core function of the Google Assistant is to always be there when you need it. That’s why […]

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The instant translation feature from Google’s Pixel Buds is coming to all Assistant headphones

Last year, Google’s Pixel Buds instant translation demo stole the show at the company’s October hardware event. However, the Pixel Buds themselves didn’t get great reviews. Soon, you won’t need to buy the overpriced Pixel Buds to get that feature. Google says instant translation is coming to all Assistant-optimized headphones. With the Pixel Buds and a […]

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Spooky Google Assistant easter eggs are going live in time for Halloween

The Google Assistant is a serious tool that helps us through each day in various ways, but it also has a whimsical side. In a similar vein to last year, with Halloween just around the corner, Google has unveiled some special Assistant easter eggs relating to the most terrifying of holidays. We’ve got a list […]

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You can now ask an Assistant speaker to play Netflix on Android TV

Android TV devices are supposed to have all the functionality of a Chromecast, since they also act as Cast targets. However, there are still some quirks that remained unresolved. Netflix integration with Google Assistant went live nearly two years ago, which allows users to say “Hey Google, play The Office on Netflix” (or something to […]

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Real-time translation makes its way to all Google Assistant headphones and Android phones

Alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google unveiled its own Bluetooth headphones called the Pixel Buds. While they offered a unique design, the earbud’s standout feature was real-time language translation. Without any sort of announcement, it looks like Google is bringing this functionality to every pair of Assistant headphones and Android smartphones (via Droid-Life). […]

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Smart displays will soon get multi-room audio, Home View, improved device control, and more

Article Contents Google has just announced a “major” OTA update for all smart displays. Coming at the end of the month, the update will introduce some much-requested changes, such as multi-room audio grouping, as well as features shown off at the recent Made By Google event. That includes the Home View smart home device management; […]

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Here are some Google Assistant updates coming to Google hardware

Along with the launch of new Google hardware this week, there are many Google Assistant updates on the way. A lot of the Google Assistant updates will hit Google hardware first, but many will come to all Android devices eventually. It’s clear Google is continuing to go all-in as an “AI first” company. The long-awaited […]

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Google details new Assistant features coming soon to Pixel phones

During the course of the big Google hardware event on October 9th we heard about a number of new features, most relating to the three main products being unveiled — Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub. As the dust has mostly settled, Google thought it might be a good time to run us through […]

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Lutron’s are the first smart shades natively supported by Google Assistant

After decking your house with everything from smart lights and speakers to robot vacuums and connected ovens, the remaining things you may be looking at and wondering if they can integrate your home 2.0 setup are your shades. Replacing existing shades with new connected ones isn’t easy or cheap, but if you’ve already taken that […]

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Google Duplex rolls out starting next month on Pixel phones

One of the most impressive (and unsettling) I/O moments happened earlier this year when Google showed off Duplex, an AI chatbot that can place calls for you like a robotic personal assistant. Google wouldn’t confirm its plans for Duplex at the time, but it’s almost ready for the general public. Duplex is hitting Pixel phones […]

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Google Home Hub is official, costs just $149

As with pretty much everything Google is announcing today, the Home Hub has been leaked more than once in recent weeks. Google’s own-branded Assistant Smart Display, as expected, resembles a tablet glued onto a fabric speaker base, and it’s sadly not removable so it can’t be used as a standalone tablet. The display is a 7″ […]

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Google Home and Home Mini coming to The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark on October 24

At its I/O conference in May, Google announced that it would expand Home and Home Mini availability to seven new countries by the end of 2018. The smart speakers have already launched in Mexico, Spain, and, most recently, South Korea. Users from The Netherlands, Sweden, Demnark, and Norway will soon join the party. In an […]

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Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner (Update: Discount coupon)

Article Contents If you live in a house with no central climate control, or if you’re making an expansion to your house and it’s impossible to get a ducted system in place, a ductless setup may be your only hope. Nest, Ecobee, and the dozen other smart thermostats we often talk about aren’t compatible with […]

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[Deal Alert] Save up to $50 on JBL Bluetooth speakers and Google Assistant-enabled headphones

JBL is currently running a fall sale on all kinds of audio goodies. In addition to the Link View smart display, a number of desirable JBL products are significantly discounted, including the Xtreme 2 Bluetooth speaker, which is $50 off, and a number of Google Assistant-enabled headphones, most of which are also $50 off. The […]

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JBL Link Bar orders delayed, likely won’t ship this year

Android TVs and Home units have become the hallmark of a smart home powered by Google. We’ve seen a fair share of Android TV boxes from a variety of manufacturers, including the Nvidia Shield. For the most part, they offered the same features in slightly-different packages. But when Google announced the JBL Link Bar, we […]

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