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Sony LF-S50G review: Novelty features don’t redeem this expensive Google Assistant speaker

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

In the personal assistance arms race, the two real options for Android users are Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, and both companies have realized that victory will require ubiquity—not as the final result, but as the means. To that end, each has opened its platform up for third-party hardware, and Sony's (un)imaginatively named LF-S50G takes advantage of Google's Assistant in the same way the first party Google Home does, seasoned with a few unique features like gesture controls and a clock.

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Sony LF-S50G review: Novelty features don't redeem this expensive Google Assistant speaker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant turns to external answers when its own services are offline

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Google's software Assistant and corresponding Home hardware are there to answer your questions (within certain limits), but it may not always be Google that answers. In some circumstances, including things like service outages, it looks like Google is able to hand off questions it would typically answer to third-party apps or services. With your consent, of course.

Search Engine Land reported yesterday on the video just above, in which a request about the weather is passed off to AccuWeather, rather than be answered by the Assistant as it ordinarily would.

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Google Assistant turns to external answers when its own services are offline was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG G7 ThinQ will have a Google Assistant hardware button

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Renders of the forthcoming LG G7 ThinQ cropped up earlier this month, showing the phone to have four hardware buttons. Power, volume up, and volume down are obvious, but the fourth, we speculated, could be something like Samsung's Bixby button. We were sort of right: CNET reports that "people familiar with the smartphone" say the additional key will be a dedicated Google Assistant button.


G7 ThinQ render, showing four hardware buttons.

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LG G7 ThinQ will have a Google Assistant hardware button was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Store launches in Singapore with Pixel 2XL, Google Homes, Chromecast, and more

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Buying Google's gadgets can be very difficult if you live in a country where they're not officially available. Overpriced black markets, questionable imports, and difficulty of finding support are some of the issues you face. But after today, that won't be the case for Android and Google fans in Singapore as the official Store is now launched in their country.

The Google Store in Singapore carries 6 products so far, but they're arguably the most interesting.

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Google Store launches in Singapore with Pixel 2XL, Google Homes, Chromecast, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces 2018 AIY Projects kits with Raspberry Pi Zero included, new companion Android app

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

STEM projects and DIY kits to build smart little computers or sensors are popping everywhere these days. In a world that's fast embracing technology in every aspect of life, introducing the maximum number of people to hardware and software development is not just fun, it's downright essential. Google's venture started with AIY Projects which introduced a Do-It-Yourself Google Assistant speaker last year. This year, AIY Projects are refreshing the previous kit and bringing a new one.

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Google announces 2018 AIY Projects kits with Raspberry Pi Zero included, new companion Android app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: Ask Google Home to find your missing phone

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Google's Find My Device service offers an invaluable tool for tracking down a missing phone or tablet, combining GPS positioning with an audible alert to let you quickly locate your missing hardware. And with tools to remotely lock or erase your device, it also helps ensure your data's safe until you get your hands back on your gear. But for as useful as it can be, you still need access to some device in order to perform the search, and especially if you keep your phone and laptop in the same bag, that can be a problem.

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Tip: Ask Google Home to find your missing phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app kills the last remnants of Voice Search, completely switches to Assistant

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Google Voice Search is dead. Cue in somber music.

For many years before Google Assistant was a thing, Android had a microphone you could trigger to perform actions. It had actions such as calls, texts, emails, music back in 2010, more than 10 languages supported way back in 2012, introduced nicknames and relationships such as "mom" and "husband" in 2014, and had multilingual support also in 2014. But then Assistant was introduced and Google started slowly transitioning things over from Voice Search.

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Google app kills the last remnants of Voice Search, completely switches to Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Ikea TRÅDFRI smart lights can now be controlled from Google Home and Assistant

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Ikea's Tradfri are one of the cheapest smart lighting solutions around and they're available and tailored for several countries around the world. For a while though, the only smart way to control them was through the Android and iOS app - no voice assistant was compatible. Then Alexa followed by HomeKit were supported and Google Home users were left waiting... and waiting... and waiting until today.

The Ikea Tradfri Android app has been updated to mention integration with the Google Assistant.

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Ikea TRÅDFRI smart lights can now be controlled from Google Home and Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Unit conversions are currently broken on Google Assistant

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The Google Assistant can control smart home devices, set calendar reminders, and play almost any piece of music in the world. It's also good at unit conversions, and that happens to be something I use quite often. Not right now, though. Unit conversions are broken on Assistant across all devices.

Give it a shot yourself: ask Assistant "how many furlongs in a league," or "200 pounds in stone." Feel free to use more normal conversions, too.

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Unit conversions are currently broken on Google Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Deezer is now available on Google Home devices in the UK

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

At I/O in May 2017, Google announced some new compatibility for playing music on Google Home which included the subscription service Deezer. Users in Germany and France have been able to link their Deezer accounts and request music via the Google Assistant since August last year, but until now the same functionality has been missing in the UK.

As of today, users with a Premium+ subscription (costing £9.99) can add Deezer to their list of music services accessible by their Google Home device.

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Deezer is now available on Google Home devices in the UK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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