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Volvo is baking Google Assistant, Maps and Android apps into its next cars

Volvo is baking Google Assistant, Maps and Android apps into its next cars

Volvo plans to bake Google Maps, the Google Assistant, and other services into its dashboards, offering the functionality regardless of the type of smartphone drivers might have. The new feature was announced on the eve of Google I/O 2018, the search giant's annual developer event.

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Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Formally, Google I/O is the company annual event to connect with developers as well as partners spanning its entire platform and product range. It is also a time for Google to share its direction not just for specific products but for the company as a whole as well. So while the schedule and topics of talks are public, its grand vision, expressed in keynotes, is still under wraps. Given Google's focus these past months, however, we can pretty much predict what it will be delivering on stage in a few hours.

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Google Assistant can now buy movie tickets for you

Google Assistant can now buy movie tickets for you

Google wants to help you see your favorite movies with only minimal effort, and so it has updated Assistant with a new feature: the ability to buy movie tickets for you. The company revealed the feature today as part of a thinly veiled Star Wars promo, explaining that anyone can use Google Assistant to get showtime info, then proceed from there.

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Wear OS by Google puts a smarter Assistant on your wrist

Wear OS by Google puts a smarter Assistant on your wrist

Wear OS by Google is getting a supercharged Google Assistant experience, the company has announced today, with the rebranded smartwatch platform adding new voice control features. The new integrations were revealed ahead of Google I/O 2018, the company's annual developer event set to take place in San Jose, CA next week.

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Google Assistant now supports 5,000 smart home devices

Google Assistant now supports 5,000 smart home devices

Google has come out bragging today about its personal assistant's support for a vast number of Internet of Things devices. The company has seen a huge jump in device support in the past four months, revealing that Google Assistant added supports more than 5,000 IoT gadgets. This is compared to the 1,500 devices it supported back in January, highlighting a rapid increase in adoption.

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Google Assistant Investment fund offers cash for AI startups

Google Assistant Investment fund offers cash for AI startups

Google is launching a Google Assistant Investment program, offering financial and technical support to companies wanting to build on its AI platform and in its cloud. Unveiled along with four initial recipients, the new program is part of Google's attempt to encourage more Assistant-powered hardware and Actions, and preferably lure people away from Alexa in the process.

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Google Assistant is more accurate than Amazon Alexa: study

Google Assistant is more accurate than Amazon Alexa: study

Digital marketing agency Stone Temple has released a study detailing the accuracy of the four big personal assistants: Google Assistant (via Phone and Home), Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana (via Invoke), and Apple's Siri. The team tested the services with 4,942 queries, monitoring the accuracy of the results to determine which assistant is the most accurate. Spoiler: Google won, but second place is surprising.

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Google’s smart screen will probably come from Nest

Google’s smart screen will probably come from Nest

Now that Nest is closer to Google than ever before, it's only right that Google's next product be Nest-branded. Clues collected this week point toward Google's rumored smart screen (with Google Assistant onboard) coming from the smart home brand Nest. Nest was never going to be satisfied just making thermostats, cameras, and doorbells - no way!

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LG G7 ThinQ to feature Google Assistant hardware button

LG G7 ThinQ to feature Google Assistant hardware button

The last several weeks have seen numerous leaks and rumors about the upcoming LG G7 ThinQ, and with the phone's official debut expected on May 2nd more concrete details are surfacing, including LG's confirmation of the name. The latest tidbit is that one of the G7 ThinQ's hardware buttons will have a sole purpose of activating the voice-powered Google Assistant.

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Alexa Blueprints will DIY you straight to the dark side

Alexa Blueprints will DIY you straight to the dark side

I'm a luddite when it comes to our future AI overlords, but when I saw how fun Amazon Alexa Skill Blueprints were, I gave in. Or at least I expect to give in a little bit. When I'm able to customize Alexa's responses to my questions, that's where I change a tune. When I "see how easy it is to create a skill with blueprints," I sort of lose my mind and go into silly mode.

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Say “Delete Facebook” to Google AIY Vision Kits

Say “Delete Facebook” to Google AIY Vision Kits

Today you can buy a DIY device from Google that'll let you build your own tiny computer. These little kits are called AIY Voice Kit and AIY Vision Kit, complete with "Made by you with Google" stamped on their sides. But wait, didn't you just delete your Facebook because they weren't up front about all your data they were using to serve you advertisements? Hold on here just a minute!

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OG Pixel gone from Google Store, Pixel C gets Google Assistant

OG Pixel gone from Google Store, Pixel C gets Google Assistant

Mobile devices come and go, sometimes faster than we would like. A new model is released every year, sometimes twice a year, and software updates often end two years after launch. As it becomes its own man, Google seems to have also adopted the practice of its OEM partners. Barely two years after it’s highly successful debut, the original Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been removed from the Google Store, perhaps making room for the recently spotted Pixel 3.

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