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Google Shopping Actions lets you buy directly from search results

Google Shopping Actions lets you buy directly from search results

Google might be the go-to for people looking to make a purchase, especially an online one, but a lot of the times it ends at search results. More often than not, those search results lead to a purchase on Amazon, and Google is none too happy about that. Now it is starting a program called Shopping Actions to let searcher become instant buyers without having to leave Google. And it is getting Amazon’s rivals to help set it up.

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LG WK9 ThinQ Smart Display pre-order now available

LG WK9 ThinQ Smart Display pre-order now available

With smart speakers becoming the next major arena, the pressure to innovate and differentiate is even higher. Amazon has been churning out new types of devices ranging from the odd to the nonsensical to the useful. That last part probably comes in the form of the new “smart speaker with touchscreen” category that Google and its partners have also jumped on. The first batch of such “smart displays” might be nearing launch, with the LG WK9 ThinQ leading the pack with a pre-order but no shipping date as of yet.

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Google Home can now set location-based reminders on your phone

Google Home can now set location-based reminders on your phone

Reminders on the Google Assistant are getting a whole lot more useful, with the ability to ask your Google Home to nudge your memory when you get to the store. Building on the voice-managed reminders that were launched back in September 2017, the new location-based reminders factor in your physical position, taking advantage of the fact that the Assistant travels with you courtesy of your phone.

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Google Assistant Routines feature arrives: multiple actions with a single phrase

Google Assistant Routines feature arrives: multiple actions with a single phrase

Google has started rolling out Google Assistant Routines, the feature it promised late last year and confirmed was soon inbound last month. Routines, as with the similar feature available with Amazon's Alexa, enables Google Assistant users to chain together multiple actions under a single command. By doing this, users can trigger a series of actions using a single phrase based on need.

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Google Assistant for iPad cranks up Siri’s competition

Google Assistant for iPad cranks up Siri’s competition

While it's a relatively safe assumption that most iPhone and iPad users prefer Siri to other AI assistants, there are always going to be some who are faithful to others. If you're an iOS user who prefers Google's apps and ecosystem, then good news, as the company is launching Google Assistant for iPad today. This iPad version follows last May's launch of Google Assistant on iPhone.

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Google Assistant just made a huge play for the Amazon Alexa device market

Google Assistant just made a huge play for the Amazon Alexa device market

Today Google Assistant Custom Device Actions were announced by the company as just the latest in a line of expansions to its voice assistant ecosystem. The newest additions come in the form of Custom Device Actions, and they're about to add one whole heck of a lot of variety to their connected device ecosystem. Working with Google to add Google Assistant voice command recognition to their system was possible before; it's just that now, with this new feature, it's a whole lot easier.

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Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, Bixby, Cortana feature showdown

Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, Bixby, Cortana feature showdown

We are well in the age of AI. No not the genocidal kind of dystopian science fiction. Fortunately, the AI we have today isn’t yet that smart, though they’re smart enough to be on our smartphones. From Google to Amazon to even Huawei, AI-powered smart assistants are more and more becoming a bullet point in phone spec sheets and marketing materials. But how smart are they really, especially in competition with each other? We take a look at some of the features available, or absent, from smart assistants to find out.

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Huawei HiAssistant to square off with Alexa, Google Assistant, Bixby

Huawei HiAssistant to square off with Alexa, Google Assistant, Bixby

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and since Huawei hasn’t been killed by a recent failure in the US market, it might be coming back stronger and bolder than ever before. Huawei has been tipped to be embarking on its most ambitious venture yet, not with a new device but with a new service. Simply called HiAssistant, the AI-powered voice-controlled smart assistant might be coming to offer the features that Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby, and Apple Siri have but in ways that those have not been able to do in China.

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The next big thing in tech is Trust

The next big thing in tech is Trust

When Apple introduced the iPhone, they rightly assumed that the next generation would be willing to carry their identity in their pocket. In the very near future, companies like Google and Amazon will profit from their assumption that we're willing to go one step further. In the very near future, users will trust their entire identity to the cloud. Not only this, but they'll trust a company to tell them information they'd have otherwise had to have researched themselves.

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The Google Assistant now knows if your August door is ajar

The Google Assistant now knows if your August door is ajar

August's smart locks are getting tighter integration with the Google Assistant, including helping the paranoid get closure over whether the door is actually closed. New functionality has been added to the Assistant, which now allows for lock status to be checked on, in addition to the existing features.

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Google Assistant gets Android app deep-links for slicker AI

Google Assistant gets Android app deep-links for slicker AI

Google already revealed it has big plans for the Google Assistant, and now we're seeing how the AI will make Android apps and services even more streamlined - even if you don't want to talk to it. The search giant announced last week that it was pushing the Assistant's global availability, with the goal of more than 30 languages being supported by the end of the year. However, it also promised a more integrated experience thanks to deals with device-makers and carriers.

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Google Assistant learns new languages and talents

Google Assistant learns new languages and talents

The Google Assistant is going global, with Google's AI gaining new language support, deeper integration with Android phones, and smarter functionality. Previewing its Mobile World Congress 2018 announcements, Google has confirmed that the Assistant's current support for eight languages is being boosted to more than 30 by the end of the year.

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