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We've seen plenty of leaks regarding the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL over the past few months, but this might be the most fruitful of them all. We have what are claimed to be images of both new flagship Android Oreo devices. According to Droid-Life, the Pixel 2 XL (not Pixel XL 2 as it has previously been referenced), will be available in two different color options. The first is black, while the second is primarily white, with a black glass panel on the upper backplate. Overall, the design of the smartphone adheres very closely to what we saw with the Pixel and Pixel XL. This time around, however,... Read more...
If you own a Google Home device and have been craving some Bluetooth audio action, then you should be really happy to know that as of right now, an update is being rolled out to the devices that will remedy a very long-standing request from consumers. Up to this point, those wanting to listen to music through their Google Home have had to use one of the supported platforms, which have included Spotify, Play Music (of course), and Pandora. That's great if you want one of the services, but if you have another app to play your own local music, or some other streaming service, you've been... Read more...
A smart speaker that does not allow you to make phone calls does not seem very smart, does it? Google agrees, and so the Mountain View outfit is bringing hands-free calling to its Google Home speaker. Starting soon, the AI assistant powering Google Home will allow users to make voice-activated phone calls for free to anyone in the United States and Canada, Google confirmed in a blog post. Call anyone (at their home, on their mobile or at their office). It’s easy to use, and it’s free," Google says. Being able to make hands-free phone calls brings Google Home one step closer to parity with Amazon's... Read more...
Google has been making run at the smart home speaker market with its Google Home device, though it has not reached parity with Amazon and its growing number Alexa-powered Echo products. Perhaps in time Google Home will become just as fleshed out and capable. In the meantime, Google Home owners can gain access to experimental features by enrolling in the speaker's Preview program. The program is relatively new. It first showed up in an updated help page on Google's website a few weeks ago, though at the time there was no way of signing up to participate. Google must have been getting things in order... Read more...
Google is not about to let Amazon steal the spotlight with its upcoming Prime Day sales event. While Google is countering with a site wide sale of its own, the Mountain View company is offering a hefty discount on its Home smart speaker and Chromecast streaming gadget bundle. The two devices are being offered up through Google's eBay account for just a Benjamin ($100).That is a 39 percent savings over the cost of buying them individually, which would set you back $164. Free shipping is part of the promotion, too. According to the eBay listing, Google is offering up a "limited quantity" of its Home... Read more...
It looks as though Google is trying to unload any remaining Pixel XL handsets it still has before launching its next generation of Pixel phones. Or the Mountain View company finds itself in a giving mood. Either way, you can score a Google Home smart speaker for free with the purchase of a Pixel XL smartphone, though you will have to act fast—the offer is good while supplies last.The Google Home speaker is a $129 value. It is similar to Amazon's Echo products, in that it listens for a wake phrase ("OK Google") and can respond to various commands. The speaker's built-in Google Assistant can provide... Read more...
So, what did Apple do with those old design models for the Mac Pro? Apparently, it used them to create the HomePod, which is Apple’s take on the smart speaker movement that is sweeping the tech world. The HomePod is a “Breakthrough Home Speaker” first and foremost that measures less than seven inches tall and features seven beam-forming tweeters at the bottom of the device and an Apple-designed woofer for rich bass. As you might expect, HomePod has full support for voice controls with deep Siri integration, which would put it in the same league as the Amazon Echo and Google Home; albeit with far... Read more...
The new G6 from LG is a really good Android phone in its own right, but if you were on the fence, T-Mobile and LG have a pair of offers that you might find too good to refuse. Starting with T-Mobile, the spunky "uncarrier," as it likes to call itself, is offering the LG 6 for $20 per month for 24 months, plus a $20 down payment. That breaks down to $500, versus the phone's $650 MSRP. So right off the bat you're set to save $150 on the G6. To sweeten the pot, T-Mobile is throwing in a free LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet, which it normally sells for $240 ($10 per month for 24 months). Tablets are not as popular... Read more...
If you own a Google Home speaker, it has just became a little bit more useful. Google today announced that it has enabled support for multiple users on the smart speaker, confirming what was leaked earlier this month within the device’s smartphone app. Google has enhanced Google Home by allowing up to six people to attach their accounts to the device. Most importantly, Google Home will automatically distinguish your voice from that of your other family members (or roommates), so that when you say “OK Google”, only results pertaining to your account preferences are played back. So how does Google... Read more...
Google is not the least bit amused by Burger King's attempt to engage with Google Home smart speakers using the wake phrase "Okay Google" in a new ad campaign. In an interesting twist, Burger King, which did not collaborate with or involve Google in its marketing stunt in any way, claims that Google made changes to prevent the commercial from waking Google Home devices. Let us back up a moment. The problem with creating ads to showcase smart home speakers like Google Home is that they're constantly listening for wake phrases, even when they come from the television. During the Super Bowl, a 60-second... Read more...
We’ve heard plenty of stories about Google Home and Amazon Echo being unintentionally set off by TV commercials that trigger their “wake words”. Most recently, Google Home devices were awakened by a 60-second Google Super Bowl commercial that featured the AI assistant. Given that “OK Google” was said 16 times throughout the commercial, it should come as no shock to you that Google Home devices started going into meltdown mode across the country. While those gaffes were unintended, but annoying, what happens when a company deliberately tries to take advantage of your AI assistant for advertising... Read more...
Smart home products are gaining in popularity, and companies like Amazon and Google want to the ones powering the experience. Here's the thing—if you're buying into Google's ecosystem, you might yourself with multiple devices, even in the same room. For example, you might buy a Google Home smart speaker for voice commands and a Google Wifi mesh router for Internet connectivity. They'll work together, buy why not combine them into a single product?That's exactly what Google is considering. A paywalled report in The Information has it on some kind of authority that Google is thinking about "a version... Read more...
Companies are embracing the smart home movement in a number of fun and creative ways. Thanks to smart home speakers and technologies, you can bark out commands to the cloud to do things like dim the lights, play music, look up the weather, and even order a pizza. Amazon hopped out in front of the trend with its Echo speaker and Alexa digital assistant, but here comes Google with its Google Home speaker. In a bid to be more competitive, Google has added a dozen new partners to its smart home initiative. These new home automation integrations introduced with the latest update add a wealth of functionality... Read more...
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...
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