Tag: Google Home

Report: Google’s 2019 hardware plans include Pixel ‘Lite,’ Home refresh, new Nest cameras, and wearables

Google’s first-party hardware options may be set to ramp up this year according to a recent report. Based on the details, we might see new product lines as well as refreshes of existing ones. In addition to the already known, upcoming, cheaper Pixel “Lite,” Nikkei is reporting that Google plans to release its own wearables (plural), a Google […]

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Report: Expect Google to release a watch, Google Home, Nest Cam, more in 2019

Google usually holds off until the end of the year to announce new hardware, but rumors are already surfacing about its 2019 plans. According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, a publication in Japan, this year’s Made by Google lineup will include a new Wear OS smartwatch, Home smart speaker, Nest Cam, and a budget […]

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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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Review: The GE C-Life is an affordable smart light bulb perfect for Google Home, no Wi-Fi necessary

Article Contents Most smart home products use one of four connectivity options — WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, or Bluetooth Low Energy. However, the latter are a little less popular because they can either be controlled locally via a smartphone, or remotely if the company makes its own Bluetooth to WiFi hub. General Electric’s C-Life A19 bulbs […]

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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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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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Woo your valentine with these Google Store deals, including Pixel 2 and lots of smart home tech

Valentine’s Day is coming up and you still don’t know what to get your significant other? Think no more; Google has you covered with bundles and special deals on the Pixel 2, several connected home devices, and accessories. The only smartphones on sale are the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which are down to […]

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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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[Update: Smart display support] Google Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain children’s books

Some of Google Home’s best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the “I’m feeling lucky” game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts. Google is expanding on that repertoire with storytelling sound effects for certain Disney stories. Parents in the US can activate the new feature […]

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Best Google Home accessories: from lighting, to temperature control and more

Whether it’s controlling your household lights, operating a smart lock, or rolling a digital die (try it yourself with “Hey Google, roll a die.”), the Google Home has you covered. But what good is having control of household gadgets without the gadgets themselves? Here, we’ve gathered the best Google Home accessories money can buy so you can […]

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Project Alias feeds smart speakers white noise to preserve privacy

Smart speakers have a problem: They occasionally record things they shouldn’t. In May of last year, a woman claimed that her Amazon Echo taped a private conversation and forwarded it to a person she didn’t know. And in December, a technical error resulted in Amazon sending an Alexa user 1,700 […]

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This Google Home and Amazon Echo hack lets you change your voice AI hotword – but it’s far from elegant

Google and Amazon are both constantly improving the capabilities of their voice AIs, but there are some issues that tech giants have little incentive to fix. For instance, from a branding standpoint it makes no sense to let people change their assistant hotword from “Okay Google” or “Alexa” to anything else – even if that’s […]

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Deal: Best Buy’s two-day sale discounts Amazon and Google’s smart home devices

Don’t fret if you missed out on the onslaught of deals during the holidays — Best Buy has your back. The electronics retailer announced two days of sales that offer discounts on several products. Arguably the more significant discounts are for Amazon and Google’s smart home devices. Thanks to the discounts, the Amazon Echo Dot and […]

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Grab the Google Home Hub, Home, and Mini all at discounted prices

As we’ve seen at CES 2019, there are a plethora of Google Assistant devices on the market to choose from. While third-party options are always good to have, Google’s hardware share a design standard and work out of the box. So if you’ve been interested in picking up any the Assistant-powered devices, now would be […]

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Google Assistant gains flight check-ins, hotel booking, Interpreter Mode, and broadens lockscreen support

Google Assistant is the belle of the ball at CES 2019, with hardware partnerships popping up left, right, and center. What better time, then, for Google to announce a slew of shiny new features for the increasingly (artificially) intelligent helper? Among the updates comes flight check-ins, hotel booking, a new language interpreter mode, and the […]

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Interpreter Mode allows Google Home to translate conversations in real-time

Google One of the highlight features of Google’s Pixel Buds is its ability to translate conversations in real-time. After first bringing this to all Google Assistant headphones, the search giant is now bringing that feature to Google Homes and Smart Displays and is calling it Interpreter Mode. After asking one of the Assistant-powered devices, “Hey Google, […]

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Google Assistant will be available on 1 billion devices by the end of January

It wasn’t long ago that the Google Assistant was a Pixel-exclusive feature. Now, Google expects it to be installed on 1 billion devices by the end of January 2018 — up from 500 million last May. It all started back in March 2017, when Google announced it would bring the Assistant to all Android phones […]

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D-Link announces 5G home router plus Google-Assistant compatible water sensor and smart plugs

CES 2019 doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, but you wouldn’t know it if you checked the tech news today. Announcements have been falling left and right, and we almost missed this one from D-Link, which slipped by on Friday. The company is expanding its smart home offerings and introducing a new 5G home router. First up, […]

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