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Essential Home revealed to take on Amazon Echo and Google’s assistant

Essential Home revealed to take on Amazon Echo and Google’s assistant

With the reveal of the Essential Phone, Android cofounder Andy Rubin announced the Essential Home. This is a device - part of an ecosystem of devices in the future - which runs a smart home. While the company hasn't said so directly, this device looks to take on already existing systems like Amazon Echo with Alexa and Google's assistant in Google Home.

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Android TV’s new UI adds Google Assistant to the big screen

Android TV’s new UI adds Google Assistant to the big screen

Google Assistant's arrival on Android TV has long been heralded by Google itself. But, thanks to some juicy partnership, the first and so far only Android TV device to enjoy that was the new NVIDIA SHIELD. Soon, however, it will be joined by other devices, including the Nexus Player, as Google finally rolls out the feature. It won't be alone, however, as Google will also be giving Android TV a small facelift.

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Google Actions Challenge igniting new app development for Assistant

Google Actions Challenge igniting new app development for Assistant

The folks at Google responsible for lighting fires in the bellies of developers have revealed a program called the Google Actions Challenge. In this challenge, developers are asked to create mind-blowing apps that make use of Google Assistant in its newest incarnation. These apps will be new - and must be new as in not submitted before May 17 of 2017.

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Google Home understands accents better than Siri, Alexa

Google Home understands accents better than Siri, Alexa

It seems that voice-controlled personal assistants are all the rage these days. Microsoft and Harman Kardon just revealed the Invoke Cortana speaker, Amazon put a screen on the Echo and called it a a Show, and Google just gave the Assistant more smarts, more features, and more places to be on. But one of the inherent drawbacks of relying on voice as a medium is that no one really speaks the language in the same way. Yes, we're talking about accents, which has tripped up many personal assistants. Years after their initial debut, how far have these AI-powered agents come along? The folks over at WIRED made some rather comical tests to find out.

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Android Pay will make paying friends an easy Assistant command

Android Pay will make paying friends an easy Assistant command

Google is turning the Google Assistant into a personal bank teller for sending and receiving payments, potentially lighting a fire underneath Venmo and Square Cash. Set to roll out as an update over the next few months, it'll allow for direct person-to-person transactions, like when you need to settle up a split check for dinner. The news comes as Google expands Android Pay to a number of new markets.

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The best new Google Assistant feature is the simplest thing [APK Download]

The best new Google Assistant feature is the simplest thing [APK Download]

As of today, Google Assistant has gotten an upgrade which will change the game for a whole lot of Android users. The change is small - not even a change at all for some - but giant for those that don't like to speak aloud in public places. Or in their homes - or anywhere else, for that matter. The latest update to Google Assistant allows the feature to be used with a keyboard instead of with the user's own voice.

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Finding and using Google Assistant apps is about to get a lot easier

Finding and using Google Assistant apps is about to get a lot easier

Google is launching a new Android Assistant App Directory, aiming to make Google Assistant-compatible apps easier to find as well as allow users to more seamlessly integrate their favorite apps with the AI. The new directory will serve as a highlight to the conversational services which use chat rather than traditional UIs, with Google telling I/O 2017 attendees that it believes this will significantly boost discoverability. However, it'll also allow those already taking advantage of the Assistant to streamline interactions with their most commonly-used services.

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Everything from the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote

Everything from the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote

Google's keynote presentation for I/O 2017 has come and gone, and in the span of about two hours, Google covered a lot of stuff. The keynote today included announcements for services like Android, Google Photos, and Google Assistant, but it also had its share of new reveals as well. If you weren't around for the keynote, then have a look at our refresher here for everything you missed.

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Google Assistant now lets users buy and pay for stuff

Google Assistant now lets users buy and pay for stuff

Users can now buy items from companies directly via Google Assistant on their mobile device, it has been announced, enabling consumers to, for example, order their favorite meal using simple voice commands and taps. Google's personal assistant works with the company's own payments system, the combination of which handles the ordering and payment process without requiring users to deal with third-party sites. This is made possible via Actions on the Google Platform, which are something akin to competing product Alexa's 'skills,' including support for transactions.

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Google Home adds free calls, proactive assistance, HBO NOW, more

Google Home adds free calls, proactive assistance, HBO NOW, more

Google Home is getting four new features, making the smart speaker's assistant more proactive and flexible, and throwing in free hands-free calling. Announced at Google I/O 2017 this morning, the company's annual developer event, the new functionality marks a significant upgrade on the connected speaker which is itself only six months old. It comes ahead of Apple's expected Siri speaker, which will embody the iPhone's virtual assistant in its own standalone device.

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Google Lens: Assistant and Photos get a super smart update

Google Lens: Assistant and Photos get a super smart update

This week Google revealed that they'll be making a new push for their "Google Lens" initiative (and eventual app integration). Much like what we've seen in the past with things like Google Goggles, Google Lens is about to make the things Android smartphones see - recognizable. As Google suggested today, Google Lens will be a "set of vision-based computing capabilities."

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Google Assistant tipped to land on iOS soon

Google Assistant tipped to land on iOS soon

Tech companies have been freezing hell over so many times it might as well be an arctic wasteland. The latest attempt at lowering down those burning temperatures will allegedly come from Google. According to Android Police's "trusted source", Apple's numero uno rival will be bringing its still young Google Assistant to iOS. How Google plans on competing with Siri, which has a home court advantage, remains to be revealed.

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