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If you own a Google Home and decided to query the device with the “My Day” feature earlier this week, chances are that you were startled to hear an advertisement play for “Beauty And The Beast”, which opens today. Google Home users were given the usual rundown of the weather forecast, scheduled events and daily commute. Then, the AI assistant threw in a “By the way”, after which it goes into what anyone with at least a few marbles rolling around in their head would describe as an advertisement for the “Beauty And The Beast” remake. If you don’t have a Google Home, this is what users were subjected... Read more...
LG has partnered with Google to promote its forthcoming G6 smartphone. Those who see fit to pick up LG's new flagship once it becomes available will receive a free Google Home, the voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant. In essence, those who take advantage of this promotion will score two separate devices, each one with Google Assistant built into them.Anyone who is interested can sign up for more information on a special landing page dedicated to the promotion (hit the source link). The way it works is buyers will go the landing page to purchase the LG G6 by April 30, 2017, and then... Read more...
There’s no question that smart assistants like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot (and more recently, Google Home) have become indispensable tools for millions of homeowners over the past few years. The devices can be easily integrated into existing smart home control systems and can be expanded with new “skills” that add functionality. According to a new report, both Amazon and Google are looking to add the ability to place phone calls from their respective devices. The Wall Street Journal says that such functionality could arrive as soon as this year, but many roadblocks stand in the way of making... Read more...
You can always count on Super Bowl commercials causing a few laughs (along with some uncomfortable moments) and Super Bowl LI over the weekend was no exception, though not all of the giggles were as intended. One of the came when Google ran an ad for its voice-activated AI speaker called Google Home. The 60-second ad spot featured several demos, which amusingly caused Google Home speakers in the wild to respond. About 16 seconds into the ad, an actress opens the door to her home and exclaims, "Okay Google, turn on the hall lights." It was one of half a dozen times the words "Okay Google" were spoken... Read more...
First there was Amazon Echo, then came along Google Home. Now it looks as though Microsoft is looking to get in on the digital AI assistant/speaker movement with the help of Harman Kardon — a brand that is about to be tucked under Samsung’s wing with the acquisition of Harman. Although the device doesn’t have an official name at this point, it would be the first third-party device to integrate Cortana AI with speaker hardware. Although we can’t see the full product, it looks similar in design to the Amazon Echo with a towering cylindrical shape. Where it differs, however, is with what appears to... Read more...
Google Home is Google's answer to the Amazon Echo, both of which are smart home speakers that will happily play music and perform a plethora of other voice-activated tasks. You can think of these things as intelligent hubs for smartly connected homes equipped with a range of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, but happens if they break down out of warranty? Good news, folks—like Echo, a teardown analysis suggests that servicing Google Home isn't all that difficult. The teardown fanatics at iFixIt already put Echo on the operating table and, post surgery, awarded the smart speaker a 7 out of 10 Repairability... Read more...
Google’s fall event is not simply focused on mobile and gaming devices; the company just unveiled several new products for the home. Google Home and Google WiFi focus on providing greater convenience and connectivity to the home environment. The company introduced Google Home, an AI voice assistant that is Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo. Google Home will control devices that are connected inside the home, working with the Nest Learning Thermostat, SmartThings, Philips, and IFTTT hardware. Users will be able ask it to stream music to YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora,... Read more...
Mark October 4th on your calendars. Google will reportedly be hosting an event that focuses on hardware on that date. Announcements should include Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, a 4K Chromecast, Google Home, and a Daydream VR viewer device. Google’s next flagship phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, have been referred to previously as Marlin and Sailfish. Pixel will be the name for Google's 5-inch Sailfish device and Pixel XL for its 5.5-inch Marlin handset. The larger of the phones is expected to boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a USB Type-C... Read more...
We’re not sure that many people expected great things to come from Amazon’s Echo speaker when it was announced back in late 2014. After all, a voice-activated speaker seemed like a superfluous gadget in our increasingly crowded digital lives. However, Echo, which is powered by the Alexa engine, has become one of Amazon’s most popular hardware products and has spawned the Dot and Tap. Even the latest generation Fire TV taps into the Alexa engine. Developers have flocked to the platform, plugging in their services and apps to make Echo even more useful for its owners. Today, you can hail an Uber... Read more...
Google is moving its way into an arena currently dominated by Amazon: the home-centric, voice-activated digital assistant market. Today at Google I/O, CEO Sundar Pichai actually gave Amazon a proper shout-out for making getting consumers used to the idea of devices like the Echo. Amazon Echo started off a “simple” voice-activated Wi-Fi speaker that responds to your every command, but has grown to become a central hub for home automation that can plug into many IoT services and products and much, much more. Like the Amazon Echo, Google Home is a Wi-Fi connected speaker that can beam playback music... Read more...
Digital assistants have proven handy companions for daily activities and reminders, and not just on smartphones, but more recently in standalone form as well. Amazon was first to really capitalize on the latter, and now Google's getting in the game—it's expected to announce a device similar to Echo called Google Home later today.Google Home will be able to answer questions and perform basic tasks. The full extent of its capabilities will be made known when Google makes an official announcement, but you can expect that it will be able to play music, look up the weather, search the web for answers... Read more...