Tag: Google Home

Google Home v2.8 adds Routines button to home screen, deep linking to Nest app [APK Download]

The Google Home app only gets an update around once a month, but that generally means that more changes are implemented each time. With version 2.8, a Routines button has been added to the home screen, and there’s now a deep link to the Nest app in the Thermostat and Camera sections.   Left: v2.7. Right: […]

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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 Google Store is offering holiday deals on Home Hub, Nest products, and more

Black Friday was only a couple of weeks ago, but the Google Store is already back with its holiday sale. If you didn’t happen to purchase presents yet, these discounts should save you some money. First up, Google is yet again discounting its latest smartphones. While the sales aren’t as great as what we saw […]

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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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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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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 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 Mini is now available in aqua from the Google Store

Google announced that its li’lest smart speaker was coming in a minty fresh new color ahead of its hardware event in October. The aqua Google Home Mini was initially planned to release on October 29, but, well, it didn’t. It’s now available, though, both at the Google Store and Walmart. Aqua is the fourth color […]

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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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Google Store Cyber Monday deals are live: Free Home Hub and $50 credit with Pixel 3 & 3 XL, $20 off custom cases, and more

Google has just pushed out what we expect to be the last of Thanksgiving season’s deals. For Cyber Monday Google has killed the previous $150-200 discounts for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, replacing them with a new promo that features a free Home Hub plus $50 in Google Store credit. Other discounts include a […]

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Google Black Friday sales begin: $200 off Pixel 3 XL, $50 off Home Hub, and much more

We’ve already detailed some of the best Google deals as we found out about them in the lead up to Black Friday, but now they’ve all gone live on the Google Store and at other retailers, so it’s time for a comprehensive list of everything that’s on offer. Note that prices at different retailers below […]

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Update Notes for the Google app, Gmail, Translate, Home, Play Books, and Fit (November 21, 2018)

Article Contents Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and […]

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Google Chromecast can now sync music with Home speakers

Google Home speakers and Chromecasts can now be included in a Home audio group for music, podcasts, or audiobooks, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. That means you can play a song on Spotify, iHeartRadio, or other streaming music services both through your television and through Home speakers […]

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You can now add a Chromecast to a speaker group using the Google Home app

Chromecasts can now be added to be speaker groups in the Google Home app. Previously, only Chromecast Audio dongles and Cast-enabled speakers were eligible for grouping. You will need to enable the preview program in your Google Home app to get the feature for now. If you own several Cast-enabled speakers throughout your home, you’ve […]

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Crazy next-gen accessory lets you wirelessly charge an Echo Dot from across the room

A lot of “wireless” tech inside practically any smart device that’s currently available in stores, but there’s still one magical wireless feature that’s still not widely available. We connect wirelessly to Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Bluetooth and NFC are also wireless technologies that allow us to transmit information across short distances. And we can recharge […]

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Google reveals its Black Friday deals for UK: Here’s what to expect

Google Google’s products feature prominently in many Black Friday deals already, and now the company’s U.K. store is jumping on the bandwagon as well. The search giant has announced several discounts on its Google Home family, the Pixel series, and the Pixelbook. So what will you be paying to get your hands on Google goodness? […]

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