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Now Google Home can control your August Smart Lock

Now Google Home can control your August Smart Lock

August's Smart Lock has added Google Home support, allowing users to ask the Google Assistant to lock their doors. The functionality which rolls out from today, builds on the smart speaker's growing range of Internet of Things abilities, which already include controlling lights among other things. However, in the name of security, August isn't granting full key-holder privileges to the Google Assistant quite yet.

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Google Assistant isn’t heading to tablets any time soon

Google Assistant isn’t heading to tablets any time soon

Google was surprisingly quick at making its smart assistant available to more devices outside of its own product line. Once a defining feature of the Google Pixel and the Google Home, Google Assistant has, starting last month, rolled out slowly to other Android phones, presuming they’re running on Marshmallow or later, even if they’re not a Nexus. Unfortunately, those who have been waiting for word on Assistant’s arrival on Android tablets did just get that word, and it’s not the one they wanted to hear: “no”.

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How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

Today might well be the day you get your hands on Google Assistant - because you probably can. In early March, 2017 Google revealed that it will eventually bring Google Assistant to more Android devices. Users that've purchase Android devices over the past couple of years likely have access as of today. To make this possible, Android device owners will need to download the newest version of Google Play services, which isn't necessarily out on the Google Play app store as of publishing time for this article.

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Google Assistant coming to Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones

Google Assistant coming to Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones

Good news for Android users who don't own the new Google Pixel smartphone: the voice-powered Google Assistant is finally on its way to more Android devices, specifically those running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat. Before now, the only way to try out the AI assistant was to own a Pixel, a Google Home connected speaker, or use the feature within Google's Allo messaging app.

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Google Home and Google Express now make shopping a breeze

Google Home and Google Express now make shopping a breeze

We are beyond being just an instant gratification generation. Why bother going outside even for essential supplies when you can do it all from home and have them delivered to you. Even better, you can do that without even lifting a finger. Although we’re probably still decades away from computers that can read our thoughts (which would be frightening), Google is offering the next best thing: shopping by voice using Google Assistant on the Google Home via Google Express.

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Home Control turns Pixel’s Assistant into smart home voice remote

Home Control turns Pixel’s Assistant into smart home voice remote

As of this afternoon Google's latest set of smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL, have access to Google's brand of Smart Home control. This is enabled with Google Assistant and Google Assistant's command of "Home Control" connectivity. Users will be able to connect to devices from five brands (so far), including Honeywell, Nest, Philips Hue, SmartThings, and WeMo.

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Google Home Super Bowl ad aims for hearts, hits funny bones

Google Home Super Bowl ad aims for hearts, hits funny bones

Although in essence one of the biggest sports events in the US, the Super Bowl has also become an advertising circus. Companies go to great lengths, not to mention expenses, just to grab even just a minute of people's attention. In contrast, Google's TV spot for its Google Home doesn't employ gimmicks or popular actors, trying to pull at the heartstrings instead. Almost ironically, however, the commercial ended up triggering devices across the country, earning a few laughs instead.

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NVIDIA’s original SHIELD TV Android 7.0 update is out: Here’s what you get

NVIDIA’s original SHIELD TV Android 7.0 update is out: Here’s what you get

NVIDIA's original SHIELD TV is getting its big SHIELD Experience 5.0.2 update today, bringing the media-streaming games console up to date with Android 7.0 Nougat and a host of other features. The new software was promised back at CES 2017, and unexpectedly comprehensive refresh of the first-generation SHIELD TV that brought to it many of the abilities of the brand new, second-gen model also announced. After a false-start earlier in the month, Software Update 5.0 for the Shield TV (2015) is available today.

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Google Assistant now speaks WeMo’s, Honeywell’s language

Google Assistant now speaks WeMo’s, Honeywell’s language

A smart assistant isn’t going to be very smart if it keeps to itself, especially when said assistant should be helping you around the house. That’s why in order for products like Google Home to be a viable smart home hub, it needs to be able to communicate with as many smart appliances and services as it can. Initially launching with only a few integrations, Google is now announcing its expansion with two more members of its growing roster. Now Google Home and Google Pixel owners can easily control their thermostat or even any appliance thanks to Honeywell an Belkin’s WeMo switches.

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Google I/O date, location revealed in scavenger hunt

Google I/O date, location revealed in scavenger hunt

This year, Google has done something different about its I/O developers conference. Instead of giving out the details on a silver platter, it made developers and enthusiasts sweat it out a bit. It had them go on a scavenger hunt for clues but, thanks to the Internet and the cooperation of the masses, they made short work of those puzzles. Long story short, they revealed that Google I/O this year will be held at the Shoreline Ampitheatre from May 17 to 19.

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Eight things AI assistants need to improve on

Eight things AI assistants need to improve on

HTC's announcement of its U Ultra and U Play phones, and consequently the revelation of its Sense Companion, may have you cringing at yet another AI-powered, disembodied, virtual assistant. But HTC's spiel has a nugget of sense. AI agents today are so bright they can tell jokes or even hold conversation, whether with humans or with each other. But when it comes to actually assisting us humans to get things done, they're not that smart yet and need more than a little nudging to work. If these assistants are to be the way we interact with our devices, our homes, and our digital selves, they need to be able to do a bit more, and soon. Here are some things these virtual secretaries and butlers need to be able to do in order to really make a significant impact in our modern lived. Not all of them even require substantial advancements in artificial intelligence.

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Google Assistant could get its typing chops back

Google Assistant could get its typing chops back

When Google revealed its AI-powered Assistant to be a conversationalist, little did everyone suspect it would be almost literal. The only way you could interact with Google Assistant was by talking to it verbally. Gone was the old way to silently chat with it by typing secret messages. Except in Allo, where text does still rule. That, however, might be changing in the near but still unforeseen future, as Google seems to be paving the way for the return of ye ol’ input box for the Google app.

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