Google Assistant

Google Home finally shows visual results on Chromecast

Google Home finally shows visual results on Chromecast

Google has a habit of teasing many things and then sometimes forgetting about them as time passes. At the I/O developer conference last year, it showed off what would practically become the precursor to the new breed of Assistant-powered smart displays unveiled last CES. It teased how asking Google Home would, at times, pop up the answer on a Chromecast-connected TV. That feature has finally arrived and now you can enjoy actually seeing the weather rather than waiting for Google Assistant to finish rattling off other information.

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Google Assistant just learned how to gently wake you up

Google Assistant just learned how to gently wake you up

Alarm clocks are a necessary evil. No one likes being startled awake by a blaring, buzzing, beeping monstrosity. Starting the morning with a pounding heart isn't on anyone's agenda. Depending on how many mornings in a row you've been hearing that sound, it could be enough to cause an eye twitch or two. Google won't subject its users to this, though; it has taught Assistant to wake you up gently.

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Google Assistant GO app released for (nearly) all Android phones

Google Assistant GO app released for (nearly) all Android phones

The smallest app version of the Google Assistant was just released to the Google Play app store. This version of the app takes the full Google Assistant and rounds off the corners, making it as simple and as mindless as possible to gain access to Google's machine. Users will be able to roll with this version of Google Assistant on almost any Android device, anywhere, no matter the age - for the most part.

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Google app 7.20: custom hotword, offline podcasts, Duo on smart displays

Google app 7.20: custom hotword, offline podcasts, Duo on smart displays

Google has tons of apps on all its platforms but the Google app, a.k.a. the Google Search app, remains the gateway to most of its functionality. It does more than just search, of course, as it is also the app that houses Google Assistant. It is also your gateway to connected Google smart home devices. And by the time version 7.20 of the app rolls around, it will be able to do a lot more, including recognizing your own favorite pet name for Google Assistant.

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Google Assistant Jesus controversy gets official explanation

Google Assistant Jesus controversy gets official explanation

Google is facing a minor controversy over Google Assistant and its inability to tell users who the religious figure Jesus is. The "issue" caught public attention via a Facebook Live video in which user David Sams accuses Google Home of "refusing to acknowledge Jesus, Jesus Christ, or God." However, Google Assistant does provide info on Buddha and Muhammad, causing some to accuse Google of having an agenda.

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Google Assistant now matches voices with Netflix Profiles

Google Assistant now matches voices with Netflix Profiles

One of the earliest problems of smart speakers, aside from trying to figure out what they’re useful for, is being able to recognize other people’s voices. While smart assistants on phones never had to worry about that, smart speakers were designed to be used in a multi-user environment. Google is in the process of finally solving that and now it is applying it to the most important use case of all: making sure that only you has access to your Netflix shows and preferences.

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Google Play audiobooks bakes Assistant into Amazon rival

Google Play audiobooks bakes Assistant into Amazon rival

Google has added audiobooks to Google Play, offering cross-platform playback and voice control with the Google Assistant. Launching in 45 countries from today, the Google Play audiobooks will support nine different languages. Users with Android and iOS devices will be able to access them, though that's not all.

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Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

At CES 2018, the usual circus of new products, experimental devices, and moonshot projects seem to have a common undertone: AI assistants. At almost every turn, you’ll find something, be it a “smart display”, a TV, a car head unit, or a door lock that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or even Microsoft Cortana. The age of the personal AI assistants have come, and it all started with the somewhat unassuming and still really bewildering smart speakers. We take a brief look at some of the best ones in the market, and some still to come, and why, despite their appeal, they might not exactly be worth your money just yet.

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SkyBell Plug-in Camera mounts directly over a wall outlet

SkyBell Plug-in Camera mounts directly over a wall outlet

SkyBell has announced a new security camera simply called the Plug-in Camera. That names hints at the camera's most notable feature: it plugs into the wall. Yes, every camera plugs into the wall, but SkyBell's new model is a bit different. You don't mount the Plug-in Camera somewhere and then plug it into the wall using a long charging cable; rather, the camera itself installs directly over an outlet by plugging into it.

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Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

The Google Assistant could echo Amazon's Alexa in selling products and services by voice, insiders claim, with the search giant hunting ways to close the gap between the smart speaker technologies. Google's presence at CES 2018 this week has been considerable, buying out much of the advertising space on the strip and around the Consumer Electronics Show convention centers, and setting up shop in a sizable tent to demonstrate its Assistant's prowess.

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LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker completes the trio

LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker completes the trio

Like any CES, there is a wide variety of technologies and products that flooded the Las Vegas Convention Center. But if there’s one thing that binds most of them, it would be AI assistant. Product after product advertising support for Amazon Alexa and/or Google Assistant have been announced, heating up the rivalry between the two. Drumming it up even more, Google and its OEM partners announced touch screen speakers to rival the Amazon Echo Show. Following the JBL Link View and the Lenovo Smart Display, LG is also revealing its new ThinQ WK9 speaker with Google Assistant inside.

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Anker Zolo Model Zero Google Assistant speaker has an odd design

Anker Zolo Model Zero Google Assistant speaker has an odd design

If you thought Anker was done flooding CES with all sorts of devices, whether they were directly related to its core charging business, better think again. It still has one last hurrah to give and it’s a head-turner. Its ZOLO smart audio brand has announced a new smart speaker with a very unique design that you’ll want to show off in your home. Inside the Zolo Model Zero, however, lies not just power but also intelligence, thanks to Google Assistant at your bekc and call.

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