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Google Home Hub official: Release date, price, details

Google Home Hub official: Release date, price, details

Just as the various leaks and rumors foretold, Google took the stage at its Pixel 3 event today and announced the Google Home Hub. The latest addition to the Google Home family, the Google Home Hub is a smart speaker outfitted with a display, and it's meant to go toe-to-toe with Amazon's Echo Show and Facebook's Portal, which was only revealed yesterday.

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Google October 9 event: Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and a last-minute surprise

Google October 9 event: Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and a last-minute surprise

Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate, the Google Home Hub, and maybe some surprises: Google is ramping up for its big October 9 launch event, and we've a good idea of what it'll have to show you. The festivities don't kick off until Tuesday morning, at 10am ET (7am PT) but leaks, rumors, speculation, and more have given us some solid predictions of what's on the schedule.

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Google Assistant’s newest feature helps users book rides

Google Assistant’s newest feature helps users book rides

Google has revealed a new feature for Google Assistant: providing information from ride-sharing services. The new capability is available to mobile users, as well as on any smart speakers that support Assistant, including Google Home products. With it, users can request a particular type of transportation and see prices and options from various services.

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Google Assistant redesign adds bigger visuals, simple smart home control

Google Assistant redesign adds bigger visuals, simple smart home control

Google has pushed out a major redesign for its Google Assistant mobile product, bringing a new look that makes it easier to retrieve information and perform actions using touch and voice. The redesign incorporates larger visual elements, which make it easier to get data at a glance; there are also new controls and sliders for rapidly adjusting smart home items like connected lights.

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Google Home Mini gets a new color for its first birthday

Google Home Mini gets a new color for its first birthday

It's been almost a year since Google launched the Google Home Mini as an entry-level option for its smart speaker lineup. In time for its first birthday, Google has decided to launch the tiny speaker in a new color. This will be the first new color Google has launched since the Home Mini was released, so if the current color lineup isn't something that really catches your fancy, it might be worth waiting for this new variant to release later this month.

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Pixel 3 Launcher with Assistant on search bar available for sideloading

Pixel 3 Launcher with Assistant on search bar available for sideloading

With a new Google Pixel phone comes a new exclusive Google Pixel Launcher. While Android remains fundamentally open source, it isn’t news that Google likes to add some special sauce exclusive to its Pixel phones. Fortunately, some of those are easy enough to extract and port to other phones and other Android versions. One of the most popular is that Pixel Launcher, which you can now install on any other phone running at least Android 8.0 Oreo to get a very small piece of the Pixel Pie.

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Google Home Hub poses for a family picture, shows a new skill

Google Home Hub poses for a family picture, shows a new skill

Google loves having a family of devices. Android, its biggest family, has smartphones, TVs, watches, and an occasional tablet and car dash. Chrome has, of course, browsers but also Chromebook and Chromeboxes. The youngest branch of the Google family is the line of smart speakers, all with the same “Home” brand. Come next month, that family will welcome its newest member, and it might be the oddball that every family is said to have.

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Xperia XZ3 gets its own exclusive Google Assistant commands

Xperia XZ3 gets its own exclusive Google Assistant commands

One of Samsung Bixby’s promises was the ability to control almost every aspect of your phone with voice alone. It didn’t take long for LG to offer those same capabilities in the LG G7 ThinQ but, thankfully, it didn’t reinvent the wheel and teamed up with Google instead to perform those commands through Google Assistant. Now Sony is revealing that it had struck the same partnership and has a few special Google Assistant commands that you’ll only be able to use if you own an Xperia XZ3.

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Google Assistant control could make Roku a must-have streamer

Google Assistant control could make Roku a must-have streamer

Roku's video streamers are about to get a whole lot smarter, with Roku OS 9 previewed along with Google Assistant integration and new support for streaming music services. The big update isn't quite ready for release - instead, Roku is pushing out Roku OS 8.2 for Roku TVs, complete with support for the recently-announced Roku TV Wireless Speakers, among other things - but it already sounds like it's worth waiting for.

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Pixel Stand leaked, turning Pixel 3 into Amazon Echo’s worst nightmare

Pixel Stand leaked, turning Pixel 3 into Amazon Echo’s worst nightmare

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have an accessory coming out on release day - or so we're lead to believe by several leaks. This accessory goes by the name Pixel Stand, and it works together with a new Google Assistant interface. This new UI and new stand will likely be revealed on October 9th, 2018, alongside the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL.

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Google Home Hub leaked: The new do-all screen

Google Home Hub leaked: The new do-all screen

The Google Pixel 3 event on October 9th will likely bring a new Google Home Hub smart screen as well. Today a leak revealed the new device, "Google Home Hub," complete with a touchscreen and Google Assistant interface. This device will apparently allow the user to "see your life in one view, and get things done hands-free." The description of the device suggests that you'll be able to "make the most of moments at home."

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Smart speakers are mostly used for music and weather says Adobe

Smart speakers are mostly used for music and weather says Adobe

If you use a smart speaker or a personal assistant like Alexa on your smartphone, there's a good chance you're using it to stream music and check the weather. Such a conclusion comes from a newly published study by Adobe Analytics, which found that among US users, the majority ask voice assistants to stream music or retrieve the forecast.

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