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TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo sees the smart home revolution and it wants to be a part of it. Today the company announced that it will soon offer integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, two AI assistants that are quickly becoming the centerpiece of many smart home systems. When these enhancements arrive, TiVo envisions the potential to watch your content in a way you haven't yet before.

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Milo smart speaker doubles as home hub, Google Assistant inside

Milo smart speaker doubles as home hub, Google Assistant inside

CES is usually a time for big announcements but, this year, there is a somewhat silent undercurrent happening. An army is silently growing, made up of smart speakers that integrate this or that AI assistant. But, smart as they are, they are often just another device you have to add to your network. Startup Hogar Controls thinks it has the solution. Meet Milo, a smart speaker that almost looks like any other smart speaker, except for one invisible talent. It can also double as the central hub for your smart home instead of being just another node in the network.

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Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

CES isn’t usually Google’s time to grab the spotlight but this year, it’s making its presence felt in a rather new way. No, there’s no new Google product or device being announced. Instead, there are dozens of new ones. Confused? You probably will be once you take a load of all the new speakers, headphones, smart displays, and in-car audio systems debuting at CES 2018. Despite hailing from different brands and coming in different forms, they all have one thing in common. They all have Google Assistant inside.

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Lenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and camera

Lenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and camera

The Google Assistant is getting its touchscreen and camera, with the new Lenovo Smart Display taking on Amazon's Echo Show at CES 2018. Taking the same Assistant we know from the Google Home smart speaker, Lenovo's new Smart Displays give it an 8-inch or 10-inch housing for video calling and more.

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JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

Audio company JBL has announced headphones featuring Google Assistant built-in. Called Everest, these wireless headphones tap Google's voice assistant for audible notifications and the ability to control music using voice instead of touch (though a bit of touch is still necessary). Google Assistant has been integrated into the Everest 710GA and 110GA around-ear headphones and earbuds.

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iHome iGV1 puts the Google Assistant in a nightstand clock

iHome iGV1 puts the Google Assistant in a nightstand clock

One of the most useful spots for a smart speaker is arguably next to your bed, and that's where the iHome iGV1 wants to be plugged in. Packaging the Google Assistant into an alarm clock body, it's designed to replace your existing clock-radio with a much smarter version that gives control over your connected home before you've even lifted your head off the pillow.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

Smart locks are already smart for being able to connect to the Internet, be controlled remotely, and communicate with our mobile devices. These days, however, you’re not a smart home product if you can’t be controlled by voice. Lock master Schlage already has its Sense Smart Deadbolt talking with Siri via Apple HomeKit. Now it’s leveling the mobile platform playing field by making the Sense also respond to “OK Google”.

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Google just spilled a mind-boggling fact about Google Home sales

Google just spilled a mind-boggling fact about Google Home sales

2017 was a pretty big year for Google from an IoT standpoint. Google Home came into its own as smart home hub, and Google Assistant saw rapid expansion to a bunch of new countries and devices. Today Google is recapping the year Google Assistant and Google Home had, and for the first time, it's giving us some idea of how well Google Home is selling.

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2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant

2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant

LG has announced some news that it'll be fleshing out during CES 2018: its upcoming OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant support via the maker's ThinQ AI platform. Though LG doesn't point toward Google Assistant specifically, instead saying that ThinQ will allow for "third-party AI services," it includes an image of one of its flat screen TVs with Google Assistant visible on the screen.

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GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

Alexa and the Google Assistant may soon be living in your ceiling lights or light switches, with GE Lighting announcing plans for new, voice-assistant enabled fixtures for the smart home. The updates will come to the manufacturer's C by GE range, which already includes wirelessly-enabled light bulbs and lamps.

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LG ThinQ smart speaker leads 2018 audio lineup

LG ThinQ smart speaker leads 2018 audio lineup

Smart speakers are in, if Amazon's sales numbers for the Echo, especially the Echo Dot, are any indication. OEMs are already jumping on board, including Apple, though not until early 2018. That gives them enough time to test the waters first at CES next month. That's exactly what LG is doing with its first ever smart speaker, powered by Google Assistant and one of the first new products under the ThinQ brand. But if you're not into always listening equipment, worry not. LG has a lot more in store.

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“Hey Google” trigger start to rolling out to phones

“Hey Google” trigger start to rolling out to phones

There might come a day when personal assistants can be, well, personal and respond to whatever name we give it. Until that day comes, however, we’re stuck with some trigger words or phrases that may not come naturally to people who imagine controlling their devices with their voice. One such example is “OK, Google”, which sounds a bit contrived and is one syllable too many. Fortunately, Google seems to finally accept “Hey Google” as a valid trigger for Google Assistant on phones. Unsurprisingly, not everyone’s happy about it.

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