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Google Home gets Bluetooth speaker streaming support

Google Home gets Bluetooth speaker streaming support

Google has added Bluetooth speaker support to Google Home, opening a new door for media streaming. Users have been heavily requesting this feature since the Google Home Mini's launch, and Google says it added it due to that feedback. With the new support, Home owners can use voice commands to stream their favorite song on a connected Bluetooth speaker.

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Google Assistant Custom Routines may be closer than we thought

Google Assistant Custom Routines may be closer than we thought

Just a couple of weeks ago, Google finally launched routines for Google Assistant. Routines allow Google Assistant to carry out a string of actions with a single voice command, but in this early iteration, its a feature that's rather limited in scope. That may all change soon, as an APK teardown of the latest Google app suggests that the company is getting ready to roll out custom routines.

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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 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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Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo showdown

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo showdown

With the launch of the Apple HomePod, and pending the launch of a Bixby speaker, if there will ever be one, the major pieces on the smart speaker game board are now all in place. And so are the three major voice-controlled AI-driven smart assistants (sorry Cortana, you’ll have to sit this one out). That means, of course, questions on which one you should buy. “Should” is probably too strong a word, because it really depends on multiple factors. We can, however, give you the lay of the land so that you can decide better where to sink your hard-earned money into.

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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 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 Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi-Fi connections

Google Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi-Fi connections

Google has lately received a lot of flak for its buggy or, at the very least less than stellar, hardware. The Pixel 2 XL has a litany of faults, and the newer Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max aren’t spotless either. This time, however, users are reporting problems not with new Google products but with ones that have been in the market for years at most. Owners of the Google Chromecast and the original Google Home report getting Wi-Fi drops, but the problem is more complex than it seems.

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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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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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