Tag: Google Assistant

Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more

The Lenovo Smart Display was our first taste of Assistant’s screen-first experience, but the Home Hub came out more recently with new features. The other smart displays aren’t dead, though. Lenovo is rolling out the “R5” update today that adds some refinements and new features to the display. Lenovo was good enough to include a […]

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Google Home Max is way down to $262 ($137 off) with coupon code at Belk

The Google Home Max is Google’s biggest and best smart speaker, which makes it a front-runner for best smart speaker, period. It comes with a price tag to match, though, usually fetching $399. It’s currently on sale all over the place for $349, but one retailer has an even better deal: department store Belk is […]

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Article Contents Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers have seen tremendous growth in the last year alone, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning the products will continue to get better as prices come down, and new categories will keep springing up, but there’s […]

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Google Assistant will prioritize briefs over longform audio news

Despite new features coming virtually every week for Google Assistant and Alexa, the most popular ways people use AI assistants are fairly consistent: to play music, set timers, check the weather, and hear the news. And how assistants share the news is changing. Google announced today a new project and format […]

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AI will soon decide what you hear in Google Assistant news briefings

The news reports you get from Google Assistant are about to get a whole lot smarter, or so says Google. The same artificial intelligence that powers the Google News app is coming to Assistant. Google pitches the new system as a way to get quick, personalized news in audio form throughout the day. [embedded content] […]

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A smaller, less distracting version of Google Assistant is now rolling out to Maps

After teasing a navigation-optimized Google Assistant for Maps at I/O 2018, Google is now rolling out the feature to Android users. The new version of Google Assistant in Maps is smaller, less distracting, and executes more commands in the background. Previously, calling up Google Assistant in Maps during navigation would take over half the screen. […]

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How Kayak is pioneering AI-powered voice assistant innovation (VB Live)

With AI-powered voice assistants taking over homes and phones, it’s time to not just keep up with customer expectations, but figure out how to exceed them. For voice chat use cases like Kayak’s integrated assistant, how to leverage voice and bots for amaze-and-delight experiences right now, and what’s next, don’t […]

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Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal

Article Contents Another year, another category of Google-compatible products has flooded the market. A few years ago, it was the Chromecast, then it was the Google Home and Home Mini, and now it’s the Google Home Hub. With every first-party release comes a slew of third-party alternatives, boasting the same features, same integrations, same functions, […]

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[Update: Clear skies again] Today’s forecast for Google weather includes offline servers with a chance of service interruptions

If you’re like me, the majority of your interactions with the Google Assistant are questions about the weather. What’s it like now? What’ll it be like tomorrow? Is it raining in Seattle? Right now, though, such questions are going unanswered, as Google seems to be having trouble delivering weather information for many. We’re getting reports […]

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Today’s forecast for Google weather includes offline servers with a chance of service interruptions

If you’re like me, the majority of your interactions with the Google Assistant are questions about the weather. What’s it like now? What’ll it be like tomorrow? Is it raining in Seattle? Right now, though, such questions are going unanswered, as Google seems to be having trouble delivering weather information for many. We’re getting reports […]

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Look outside if you need weather info, because Google’s service is down

Max Pixel The Google weather service is currently down. If you ask Google Assistant for weather information, you get zero-degree forecasts everywhere — even Hawaii. Google Home hardware suggests you use third-party services if you ask for weather info. If you ask Google Assistant for weather information right now, you might be surprised by the answer. […]

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Ikea’s cheap Tradfri smart outlets are now available in a few countries

Ikea’s Trådfri (I just discovered that my keyboard has this weird å character) line-up is one of the cheapest smart home lighting systems, costing only a few bucks per light bulb on average. It started out with limited bulb options, but has expanded to offer light panels, drivers for LED lights, and has just added […]

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Google Assistant ‘Pretty Please’ feature is nice to you if you use your manners

There are some new features for Google Assistant arriving today. One new feature called Pretty Please rewards you with compliments if you use proper manners when conversing with Assistant. There are also new lyric features for smart displays and the ability to reply to Google Home Broadcasts. Chances are pretty good that you or someone […]

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Google Assistant adds Pretty Please, lyrics for Google Play Music on Smart Displays, and more

If you’ve splurged for a Google Home speaker or Smart Display over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness, you’ll be glad to know they’re getting new features soon, some of which are coming just in time for the holidays. The first feature, Pretty Please, appears to be live already. Announced at I/O 2018 in May, Pretty Please […]

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Google Assistant gets photo-sharing with voice, to-do lists, and new kids’ stories

Google Assistant and its Home speakers are getting smarter ahead of the holiday season with the launch of new features like the ability to create and manage to-do lists, teach kids manners, and share photos with your voice. The ability to create to-do lists will only be available for Assistant […]

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Google Home supports Brazilian Portuguese, Assistant adds 4 Indian languages beside Hindi

Google Assistant’s language expansion is continuing on. Google had promised that 38 countries and 17 languages would be added in 2018 and many have already launched over the past months. But the year is nearing its end and we’re still a little far from those numbers. Recent additions bring us closer though, as Assistant can […]

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