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Android Go isn’t Google’s only gift to India

Android Go isn’t Google’s only gift to India

Not too long ago, major tech companies saw China as the next frontier in business. While that may still be true to some extent, much of the focus has lately been shifted to the growing power that is India. Google and Apple, for example, have been earnestly working with the local government and companies to secure a foothold in the subcontinent. Yesterday, Google launched Android Go, practically “Android Lite”, at its Google for India event. But while that was probably the highlight, it wasn’t the only thing it had in store.

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Google Paper Signals: Tiny, cute, and useful

Google Paper Signals: Tiny, cute, and useful

Paper Signals from Google controls tiny paper contraptions with Google Assistant. This set of experiments is not something completely inaccessible by the average user. Instead, it's a super-inexpensive (or super free) set of instructions for creating moving objects that are controlled by a set of equations, activated by Google Assistant.

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Google Assistant will soon connect you to nearby home services

Google Assistant will soon connect you to nearby home services

Today’s (and yesterday’s) generation are often chided for being a generation of instant gratification. Many probably don’t even know what “yellow pages” are. They can just google for a nearby plumber or cleaner and get their answer in an instant. Our predecessors might roll their eyes (or in their graves) if they knew what Google has coming next. Soon, you won’t even have to type in Google search. Just ask Google Assistant for the a local home service and make a call.

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Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

The battle between Google Home and Amazon Echo to become the smart speaker that ultimately makes it into your home is a close one, but today Google is rolling out a new feature that might just give its speaker an edge. It seems that a new update has given Google Home the capacity to handle two commands at once. This is a handy ability, because before this update rolled out, each action you wanted Google Home to perform had to be delivered through individual voice commands.

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Google Lens in Google Assistant: here’s what it can do

Google Lens in Google Assistant: here’s what it can do

Google has always boasted about its abilities to churn numbers and data into something meaningful, from the earliest days of personalized search results to the variety of applications of Google Assistant today. It has also been working hard on the field of computer vision, as seen in its impressive Pixel cameras and Google Lens. Now it is bringing those two together, not in a single app, but in a combination that harnesses the power of Google Assistant, seen through the eyes of Google Lens.

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GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE is adding voice control to its C by GE Lighting smart bulb range, with a new bridge that will open the door to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The hub, dubbed the C-Reach bridge, plugs into a spare outlet and connects to two of GE's smart bulb lines.

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Google Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

Google Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

A useful new tool is rolling out to both the original Pixel and newer Pixel 2 smartphones: users have found that Google Lens, the visual search feature that relies on the device's camera, has started arriving in Google Assistant. It's a gradual rollout, unfortunately, so not every Pixel owner has it just yet, but it a good step towards making Lens more accessible and easier to summon.

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Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Google Pixel 2 owners can now get help troubleshooting their smartphone using Google's own personal assistant app, at least unofficially. The feature appears to work for both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL phones, but not for other handsets with the app. The person who spotted the ability is located in the US and running a developers preview of Android Oreo 8.1.

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Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Google, while generous with its updates, follows a more or less strict timetable for its Nexus devices. Nexus phones and tablets are guaranteed two years’ worth of updates, including major Android version, nothing more but sometimes less. The odd exception seems to be the Nexus Player Android TV puck, which unexpectedly got Android Oreo in September, a year after it reached its end of life. Adding to the pleasant surprise is the addition of Google Assistant, which sneaked into the device via the November security update.

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Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

If you’re still looking for a “Google OS”, you need not look further than Google Assistant. Though not exactly your conventional OS with windows and displays, the voice-controlled AI-powered virtual assistant is the one uniform interface you will find in Google’s products, from Android to Google Home to Google apps. To further improve Google Assistant’s “interface”, the tech giant is providing developers with fresh new set of features that will help users discover, use, and re-engage with their apps.

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Ecobee adds Google Assistant to its long list of smart helpers

Ecobee adds Google Assistant to its long list of smart helpers

Ecobee's line up of smart thermostats already supports a number of IoT platforms, and today that list is getting just a little longer. Today ecobee revealed that Google Assistant is rolling out to its current product portfolio, which means that support is launching on a grand total of three thermostats. That's great news for anyone who was a bit disappointed to see the ecobee4 launch with Alexa support baked in but Google Assistant nowhere in sight.

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Google Home broadcast turns the Assistant into a PA

Google Home broadcast turns the Assistant into a PA

Google is turning Google Home into a domestic public address system, ideal for summoning people to the dinner table or warning them you're about to turn off the internet. The update, being pushed out from today, allows users of the Google Assistant to broadcast a voice message through their Google Home devices.

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