Tag: Google Assistant

Actions on Google now supports Chinese (traditional) language

Google Assistant can do a lot of awesome things, but that list would be much shorter without developer support. That’s what Actions on Google is all about—it helps developers integrate apps and services with Assistant. Thus, you can shout at your phone and smart speakers more often. Now, developers can start supporting the Chinese (traditional) […]

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How to use Google Assistant through your headphones

SoundGuys Google Assistant can perform a wide array of tasks, including reading notifications, answering questions, and reciting recipes. If you’ve never used Google Assistant through your headphones, consider this your guide on all you need to know for getting started. We’ll cover the differences between headphones with Google Assistant support and full integration, how to […]

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Grab a 2-pack Aukey smart socket or a dual outlet smart plug for ~$20

Earlier this week we were telling you how you could save money on new smart plugs thanks to Amazon’s markdown. Although this was an interesting deal, many Assistant users felt let down as they were only compatible with Alexa. Well, we’ve got some comforting news for you: With these promotional codes, you can grab a pair […]

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Here are the best third-party Google Assistant speakers (February 2019)

If you’re on the hunt for speakers that feature Google Assistant, it’s tempting to first turn to Google’s line of Home devices. Google is in the Google Assistant and Google Home names, so why not just turn to the company behind the software to buy your hardware? Editor’s Pick Best Smart Displays – Google Home […]

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Harman Kardon Citation One review: The high-end Google Home you’ve been waiting for

Article Contents Harman Kardon is the flagship brand in the Samsung-owned audio empire also consisting also of JBL and AKG, and it has a decent reputation for making products with relative audiophile appeal. The group is no stranger to Google Assistant-equipped devices, but the Citation/Enchant range of speakers, subs, towers, and soundbars really caught our […]

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[Update: Setup video, opt-in confirmed] Your Nest Secure becomes an Assistant-integrated smart speaker starting today

Last spring, the Nest Secure finally picked up Assistant-based controls, letting you do things like arm/disarm, and check the status of your home security setup from your phone or Google Home. It would appear that was merely the first step in deeper Assistant integration following the merger of Nest with Google’s hardware team. Starting today, your […]

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Smart speaker wars about to get brutal: reported 97% of owners stick to one brand

The smart speaker sector is a burgeoning one, but it looks like brand loyalty is already a major factor. In fact, new research suggests that the vast majority of U.S. smart speaker owners stick to one brand. A report by Parks Associates (h/t: 9to5Google) shows that a massive 97 percent of U.S. owners stay with one […]

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Google is re-adding routine support to Assistant on Chromebooks

Google Assistant is kind of a mess on Chrome OS right now. It’s still only officially available on the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, and both devices have completely different implementations — the Pixelbook runs Assistant as an Android app, while the Pixel Slate has a native version (which will eventually come to the Pixelbook and […]

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Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter

During CES last month, Google announced its Home speakers and smart displays with Assistant would be capable of becoming virtual interpreters and translate live conversations between people speaking in different languages. The feature seems to be rolling out to the masses as an official support page has been set up, and several devices are now capable […]

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Nest Secure is now a smart speaker, might have had mic this whole time?

The Nest Secure alarm system will receive a software upgrade which turns it into a pseudo-Google Home smart speaker. However, the functionality of this upgrade depends on the Nest Guard having a microphone, which the official specs sheet doesn’t disclose. Either the Nest Secure has always had a microphone we didn’t know about, or the system […]

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Your Nest Secure becomes an Assistant-integrated smart speaker starting today

Last spring, the Nest Secure finally picked up Assistant-based controls, letting you do things like arm/disarm, and check the status of your home security setup from your phone or Google Home. It would appear that was merely the first step in deeper Assistant integration following the merger of Nest with Google’s hardware team. Starting today, your […]

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Marshall Stanmore II review: A powerful but pricey Assistant speaker

Article Contents You are no longer stuck with a few Google-branded speaker options if you want to invite Assistant into your home. There are speakers from JBL, Sony, and many others—including Marshall. The updated Marshall Stanmore II speaker launched recently, and it looks like a feasible alternative to Google’s best-in-class Home Max. It combines classic […]

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Which voice assistant speaks the most languages, and why?

Contrary to popular Anglocentric belief, English isn’t the world’s most-spoken language by the total number of native speakers — nor is it the second. In fact, the West Germanic tongues rank third on the list, followed by Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, and Russian. (Mandarin and Spanish are first and second, respectively.) Surprisingly, […]

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Google’s latest ‘Home Alone’-themed ad stars the villainous Joe Pesci

To promote the addition of a bunch of Home Alone-themed skills to its Assistant software for the holiday season, Google decided to release an ad dripping with nostalgia — in which Macaulay Culkin essentially reprises his role as the young tyke left home alone in the classic early 90’s flick. Except, this time, Google’s ad […]

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Joe Pesci sucks all the joy out of Google’s Home Alone Assistant ad

This past holiday season, Google tapped into some serious 90s-kid nostalgia by delivering a Google Assistant ad featuring none other than Macaulay Culkin as Home Alone’s Kevin McAllister. While we got to see Kevin all grown up and spending the night by himself, the two Sticky Bandits were absent. Now a fresh video featuring Joe […]

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Joe Pesci makes rare on-screen appearance in Google ‘Home Alone’ ad sequel

YouTube Back when the holiday season was in full swing, Google shared a much-loved advertisement starring Macaulay Culkin in which he reprises his role as Kevin McAllister from the original Home Alone movie. Today, Google shared a sequel to that ad, this time starring another Home Alone alumnus: Joe Pesci. Pesci’s presence is notable considering […]

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Get two TP-Link smart bulbs for $25 with coupon code at Office Depot

If you’re looking for inexpensive smart lighting for your home, this buy-one-get-one-free offer from Office Depot for TP-Link A19 smart bulbs might be just the thing. The bulbs can’t change color, but they are dimmable and — most importantly — it’ll only cost you $25 to get two with this coupon code. Just a week ago, TP-Link […]

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Google.com on mobile web gains voice search, surprisingly didn’t have it already

Voice is quickly becoming a preferred method of search for many mobile users, and Google is responding by pushing voice features to as many of its platforms and services as it can. The latest example is voice search on Google.com for mobile web. The tech giant began rolling out the new feature this past week, […]

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[Update: Fixed] Google Assistant reminder notifications on Android are broken for some

You’re all busy people, and that’s why being able to set a reminder with the Google Assistant on your phone is such a godsend. Unfortunately, a few people are experiencing an issue whereby those reminders aren’t triggering a notification as they should. We have a couple of tips from affected users, and plenty more have hit […]

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Google Assistant reminder notifications on Android are broken for some

You’re all busy people, and that’s why being able to set a reminder with the Google Assistant on your phone is such a godsend. Unfortunately, a few people are experiencing an issue whereby those reminders aren’t triggering a notification as they should. We have a couple of tips from affected users, and plenty more have hit […]

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