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A free Google Home Mini for all is analyst’s nuclear bomb in war with Alexa

A free Google Home Mini for all is analyst’s nuclear bomb in war with Alexa

There's an easy way for the Google Assistant to overshadow Amazon's Alexa, one analyst has suggested: simply give every home in America a free Google Home Mini. The coast-to-coast giveaway might cost Google a pretty penny to achieve, or so the idea goes, but it could more than make up for it with search profits.

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Google Home and Chromecast outage leaves users livid

Google Home and Chromecast outage leaves users livid

Google Home and Chromecast are both down, with widespread reports from users that their smart speakers won't work and their streaming adapters won't stream. Saying "Ok Google" to a Google Home speaker, for instance, gets the response that "there was a glitch, try again in a few seconds."

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Google Duplex is about to start calling businesses for real

Google Duplex is about to start calling businesses for real

Google Duplex, the controversial phone call-making AI intended to make reservations for you, will begin public testing within the next few weeks, the company has confirmed. Previewed at I/O earlier this year, Duplex may sound like a human on the call, but it's actually the Google Assistant tasked with going through the steps of making a restaurant reservation, an appointment for a haircut, or finding out a business' opening hours.

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Google Home now understands Spanish language commands

Google Home now understands Spanish language commands

Google has updated its Google Home smart speaker with a new major ability: Spanish. With this, Assistant via the Google Home device can understand voice requests made in Spanish, rather than just English, greatly expanding the device's appeal for many families. The speaker doesn't jump straight to Spanish when it hears a command in that language, though. Here's how to enable the feature.

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Google Assistant Continued Conversations: protect your privacy

Google Assistant Continued Conversations: protect your privacy

Talking with smart assistants doesn’t always feel like you talking to someone smart, which probably can be a bit forgiven considering we’re really talking with bots. The experience of dealing with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri, among others, almost feels like talking to someone over a walkie-talkie. Google’s new Continued Conversations feature does make it feel more natural now but beware: you now have to be more careful what you after Google has answered you back.

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Chatting with the Google Assistant just got a lot more natural

Chatting with the Google Assistant just got a lot more natural

Conversations with the Google Assistant will involve less "Hey Google" and more chat moving forward, with one of the big features previewed at I/O 2018 arriving on smart speakers today. Continued Conversation allows users to have multi-part interactions with the voice-driven AI, without having to say the "Hey Google" or "Ok Google" trigger each time.

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Siri is about to leave Alexa, Google Assistant in the dust

Siri is about to leave Alexa, Google Assistant in the dust

Although Siri has been the first popular and widely known voice-controlled smart assistant, it has been shoved to the sidelines by the rapid expansion of the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. At WWDC earlier this month, Apple showed it still had some fight left. It introduced Siri Shortcuts and, more than just catching up with third-party integration, it’s going to change the game that will hopefully make smart assistant even smarter. But probably not before it shames its rivals.

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Lenovo Smart Display pre-order heralds Google Assistant’s new home

Lenovo Smart Display pre-order heralds Google Assistant’s new home

Smart speakers are one of the fastest growing segments in the consumer market. That was until Amazon made a blunder that have thrown the AI-powered devices into hot water. But even before the privacy fiasco, two of the largest smart speaker companies were already planning to dish it out in a new arena: smart speakers with screens. Google already made its Smart Display spiel, both at CES 2018 and, more recently, at I/O last month. Now the first of those, the 8 and 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display are available for pre-order, signaling the next wave of smart home devices.

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Xbox One Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa integration spotted

Xbox One Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa integration spotted

Despite having the most “personality” among the smart assistants, thanks to being based on an actual game character, Cortana is perhaps even flatter than Apple’s Siri when it comes to capabilities. Microsoft might, instead, be opting to just embrace as many such assistants on its platforms as possible. Alexa has just recently made an appearance for the first time on Windows 10 desktops and notebooks and now it seems that the Xbox One will get double the fun with both Alexa and Google Assistant coming soon.

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Google Assistant users get early access to Impulse original drama

Google Assistant users get early access to Impulse original drama

Google Assistant users are getting first access to a YouTube Originals Drama called Impulse, the company has announced. The show won't be premiering until June 6, however, Google Assistant users can get access to the first episode now using a special command and password. The episode is currently unlisted on YouTube for everyone else.

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Just don’t buy that smart speaker

Just don’t buy that smart speaker

Alexa isn't eavesdropping on your every conversation, secretly sharing them with whoever it likes, but even if it was there's an easy way to avoid that. The latest controversy over smart speakers and the Internet of Things comes down to privacy, as is so often the way, with Amazon's Echo accused of playing impromptu postwoman with a private chat recorded and shared.

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Google Home just scored a huge victory over Alexa

Google Home just scored a huge victory over Alexa

Google Home has overtaken Amazon's Echo in smart speaker shipments for the first time, it's claimed, with the Google Assistant edging out Alexa in sales. Although there have been several contenders in the smart speaker wars, two rival platforms currently lead the market.

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