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Google Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makers

Google Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makers

Google has announced the launch of a Google Assistant SDK developer preview, opening the door for Google's personal assistant to exist on many devices. Google highlights some potential uses for its software, including for use on a smart mirror with voice functionality or on a DIY robot. This paves the way for a slew of new devices beyond the bounds of Google Home and select currently supported Android devices.

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Google Home gets step-by-step cooking instructions for 5 million recipes

Google Home gets step-by-step cooking instructions for 5 million recipes

Modern cooking typically involves putting a tablet in the kitchen and fumbling through the directions while trying to keep the screen clean. Google is changing that. The company has announced that it is bringing step-by-step cooking instructions to Google Home via Google Assistant, giving its users access to more than 5 million of these spoken recipes. With them, cooking is as simple as listening to the Home device.

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Google Home multiple user support recognizes you by voice

Google Home multiple user support recognizes you by voice

Google Home is addressing one of its most criticized features, adding the ability to differentiate up to six people by voice and serve them up their own, personalized results. The smart speaker launched back in May last year as Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa and the Echo but, like Amazon's system, had a big issue for those in multi-person homes. Only one person's Google account could be logged in at a time.

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Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron has announced that its connected lighting systems now work with Google Assistant, enabling users to control their home's lights using voice commands. The new Google Assistant integration works with the company's HomeWork QS, Caseta Wireless, and RadioRA 2; homeowners can control the system using the Google Home device or one of the Android smartphones that offers Google Assistant. The integrations will be fully available by this summer.

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Google Home can now manage flights and find fun things to do

Google Home can now manage flights and find fun things to do

Google Assistant is now able to help manage your vacations via a couple new abilities, including finding fun things to do in whatever location you're at (or heading to) and managing your existing flights. Don't have a flight yet? Google Assistant is also now able to find flight prices on your behalf and to keep track of their prices, alerting you whenever something changes.

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Hyundai Blue Link gets Google Home support, is now standard for 3 years

Hyundai Blue Link gets Google Home support, is now standard for 3 years

Hyundai has announced that Blue Link, its connected car service, now works with Google Home and, therefore, with Google Assistant. Thanks to this support, certain Hyundai owners with a Google Home are able to control aspects of their vehicle using voice commands, such as firing up remote start or locking the doors from within your home. As well, Hyundai says that Blue Link is going to be a complementary, standard feature for three years on all of its 2017 IONIQ models and all of its 2018 vehicles.

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Burger King tricks Google Assistant with clever and creepy ad

Burger King tricks Google Assistant with clever and creepy ad

It's not often that mentions of Burger King appear on websites dedicated to technology and gadgetry, but Burger King has forced its way in nonetheless. A new ad from Burger King is causing quite the stir and a lot of discussion today, which is pretty impressive considering it's only 15 seconds in length.

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Google Home could soon play text-based, audio-only games

Google Home could soon play text-based, audio-only games

Games and smart speakers is probably the combination all but a few have in mind, and yet that is exactly what Google is now trying to push for its Google Home speaker. Forget whatever preconceived notion you might have about computer games. There are no fancy graphics here, not even 8-bit ones. There are no joysticks or gamepads either. Since Google Home is simply a speaker that accepts voice inputs, that exactly the only thing you can use. In short, Google Home gaming will all be about text adventure games, only delivered through audio instead of readable text.

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Google Home adds integrations with Wink, TP-Link, LIFX and many more

Google Home adds integrations with Wink, TP-Link, LIFX and many more

Google has introduced new integrations for its Google Home product, making it possible for owners to use Google Assistant with a slew of new products. Google Home, of course, is the company's somewhat new competitor to Amazon Echo, giving users hands-free access to the Google Assistant product. These integrations go a long way toward making Google Home a suitable device for controlling a smart home, including everything from lighting to heat.

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Now Google Home can control your August Smart Lock

Now Google Home can control your August Smart Lock

August's Smart Lock has added Google Home support, allowing users to ask the Google Assistant to lock their doors. The functionality which rolls out from today, builds on the smart speaker's growing range of Internet of Things abilities, which already include controlling lights among other things. However, in the name of security, August isn't granting full key-holder privileges to the Google Assistant quite yet.

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Google Assistant isn’t heading to tablets any time soon

Google Assistant isn’t heading to tablets any time soon

Google was surprisingly quick at making its smart assistant available to more devices outside of its own product line. Once a defining feature of the Google Pixel and the Google Home, Google Assistant has, starting last month, rolled out slowly to other Android phones, presuming they’re running on Marshmallow or later, even if they’re not a Nexus. Unfortunately, those who have been waiting for word on Assistant’s arrival on Android tablets did just get that word, and it’s not the one they wanted to hear: “no”.

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How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

This morning Google revealed that it was finally time to bring Google Assistant to more Android devices. Users that've purchase Android devices over the past couple of years likely have access as of today. To make this possible, Android device owners will need to download the newest version of Google Play services, which isn't necessarily out on the Google Play app store as of publishing time for this article.

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