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Actions on Google now supports Chinese (traditional) language

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Google Assistant can do a lot of awesome things, but that list would be much shorter without developer support. That's what Actions on Google is all about—it helps developers integrate apps and services with Assistant. Thus, you can shout at your phone and smart speakers more often. Now, developers can start supporting the Chinese (traditional) language in their Actions.

Google services don't work in mainland China, so the only locale currently supported for Chinese is Taiwan (zh-TW).

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Actions on Google now supports Chinese (traditional) language was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Grab a 2-pack Aukey smart socket or a dual outlet smart plug for ~$20

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Earlier this week we were telling you how you could save money on new smart plugs thanks to Amazon's markdown. Although this was an interesting deal, many Assistant users felt let down as they were only compatible with Alexa. Well, we've got some comforting news for you: With these promotional codes, you can grab a pair of Aukey WiFi Smart Plugs for just $20 or a dual outlet plug for $19, respectively $8 and $6 off their original prices.

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Grab a 2-pack Aukey smart socket or a dual outlet smart plug for ~$20 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Setup video, opt-in confirmed] Your Nest Secure becomes an Assistant-integrated smart speaker starting today

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Last spring, the Nest Secure finally picked up Assistant-based controls, letting you do things like arm/disarm, and check the status of your home security setup from your phone or Google Home. It would appear that was merely the first step in deeper Assistant integration following the merger of Nest with Google's hardware team.

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[Update: Setup video, opt-in confirmed] Your Nest Secure becomes an Assistant-integrated smart speaker starting today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Your Nest Secure becomes an Assistant-integrated smart speaker starting today

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Last spring, the Nest Secure finally picked up Assistant-based controls, letting you do things like arm/disarm, and check the status of your home security setup from your phone or Google Home. It would appear that was merely the first step in deeper Assistant integration following the merger of Nest with Google's hardware team. Starting today, your Nest Secure won't just accept commands from your Google Home, it'll start to behave like one itself.

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Your Nest Secure becomes an Assistant-integrated smart speaker starting today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v9.0 beta is working on account detection with third parties, adds bits for CES announcements, and says hello from the lab [APK Teardown]

Friday, January 18th, 2019

If you've been living on the beta distributions of the Google app, you probably spent the weekend (and a couple days into the week) with a broken At A Glance widget that couldn't display the weather. The issue has been resolved with yesterday's update, and it seems like things are running smoothly again. Bugs aside, not much changed in the jump to 9.0 for users, but a teardown does show some of the things to come.

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Google app v9.0 beta is working on account detection with third parties, adds bits for CES announcements, and says hello from the lab [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.91 beta prepares Continued Conversations in German, tweaks to Slices and Collections, and more [APK Teardown]

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Ever since the Google app moved to weekly releases, often with several minor updates along the way, notable changes have been spread out. This update brought the rollout of Android Auto integration for Google Podcasts, but aside from that, the last few updates have been pretty conservative with their changes. As a result, teardowns from the last few versions are getting bundled together in a single post to keep things cleaner for our readers.

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Google app v8.91 beta prepares Continued Conversations in German, tweaks to Slices and Collections, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps finally gets usable voice commands with Assistant integration

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Today Google is (finally!) announcing its rollout of real Assistant integration into Google Maps, though it was spotted in testing late last year, and announced at I/O. Gone are the days of limited voice controls in navigation. Soon we'll all be able to harness Google's full Assistant and all its enhanced functionality — from asking to play music, read/reply to messages, sharing Maps' ETA, and even add new stops on your way.

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Google Maps finally gets usable voice commands with Assistant integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Hitting all devices soon] Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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[Update: Hitting all devices soon] Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jabra’s new Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones have Alexa and Assistant built-in

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Assistant-powered hardware is a hot commodity; people much prefer "smart" to "dumb" when it comes to speakers and headphones recently. So Jabra's new Elite 85h headphones — which combine Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant support together with all the other accouterments you expect in a pair of noise-canceling headphones — should end up being pretty popular, assuming they sound good.

We even managed to confirm with a Jabra representative that the Assistant functionality is built-in, and not the typical external shortcut, though there is one twist: we're told the standard "OK Google" hotword is replaced by saying "Assistant" when it is enabled.

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Jabra's new Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones have Alexa and Assistant built-in was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lifesum brings food tracking to Google Assistant

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Logging your health stats can be almost as arduous as making better dietary choices in the first place, but you might be able to use Google Assistant to make it a bit easier. Lifesum has rolled out tracking to Assistant. You can get started by adding your account info to Lifesum, but Assistant functionality is pretty basic.

After authorizing Google to share data with Lifesum, you can say "talk to Lifesum" at any time to log items.

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Lifesum brings food tracking to Google Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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