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Google Assistant classes up its voice selection with British and Australian accents

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Back at Google I/O, we saw Assistant debut a bunch of new voice options, giving users a total of eight to choose between. That was a huge step forward in terms of variety, but Google isn't done there. Today we learn of the latest addition to Assistant's library of voice models, with a new British and Australian option arriving for US users.

The “British Racing Green” and “Sydney Harbour Blue” voices were built using the same WaveNet DeepMind tech that's Google's tapped to create natural-sounding speech profiles before.

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Google Assistant classes up its voice selection with British and Australian accents was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: Google Assistant’s Broadcast replies are live

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Every few weeks, Google announces (and sometimes re-announces) a bunch of new Assistant features, so it's getting a little difficult to keep track of all of them. Among those was an option to reply to broadcasts, and now it's live.

Well, technically, we're not sure when it became live, but it is working now. If you broadcast a message to your speakers (you can't choose one, it has to be sent to all), they will play it back and then offer a little hint: you can reply to the message if you want.

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Tip: Google Assistant's Broadcast replies are live was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

The Lenovo Smart Display was our first taste of Assistant's screen-first experience, but the Home Hub came out more recently with new features. The other smart displays aren't dead, though. Lenovo is rolling out the "R5" update today that adds some refinements and new features to the display.

Lenovo was good enough to include a detailed changelog, so here it is.

UPDATED COOKBOOK FEATURE

Planning meals just got easier. Cookbook is your virtual cookbook that allows you to find recipes on your smart display and save them for later.

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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.

Google Home Max is way down to $262 ($137 off) with coupon code at Belk

Monday, December 10th, 2018

The Google Home Max is Google's biggest and best smart speaker, which makes it a front-runner for best smart speaker, period. It comes with a price tag to match, though, usually fetching $399. It's currently on sale all over the place for $349, but one retailer has an even better deal: department store Belk is selling the speaker for $262 — $137 off MSRP.

Belk is a department store chain with a couple hundred locations in a handful of states, so there's a good chance you haven't heard of it.

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Google Home Max is way down to $262 ($137 off) with coupon code at Belk was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers have seen tremendous growth in the last year alone, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning the products will continue to get better as prices come down, and new categories will keep springing up, but there’s a lot out there worth investing in right at this moment.

With that in mind, and to ensure you won’t end up gifting (or being gifted) a dud this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of the best smart home devices you can buy.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AI will soon decide what you hear in Google Assistant news briefings

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

The news reports you get from Google Assistant are about to get a whole lot smarter, or so says Google. The same artificial intelligence that powers the Google News app is coming to Assistant. Google pitches the new system as a way to get quick, personalized news in audio form throughout the day.

Google worked with publishers like the Associated Press and South China Morning Post to develop the new system, which builds a custom news "playlist" each time you ask Assistant to read the news.

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AI will soon decide what you hear in Google Assistant news briefings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A smaller, less distracting version of Google Assistant is now rolling out to Maps

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

After teasing a navigation-optimized Google Assistant for Maps at I/O 2018, Google is now rolling out the feature to Android users. The new version of Google Assistant in Maps is smaller, less distracting, and executes more commands in the background.

Previously, calling up Google Assistant in Maps during navigation would take over half the screen. Now when you call up Google Assistant (via hotword, squeeze, or tapping on the microphone button in the top right of the screen), the Assistant pop-up is confined to a small bar that overlays the bottom ETA section.

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A smaller, less distracting version of Google Assistant is now rolling out to Maps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Another year, another category of Google-compatible products has flooded the market. A few years ago, it was the Chromecast, then it was the Google Home and Home Mini, and now it's the Google Home Hub. With every first-party release comes a slew of third-party alternatives, boasting the same features, same integrations, same functions, but with different designs and prices. On paper, they should be equal to Google's, but time and time again, we've learned that they're not.

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Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Another year, another category of Google-compatible products has flooded the market. A few years ago, it was the Chromecast, then it was the Google Home and Home Mini, and now it's the Google Home Hub. With every first-party release comes a slew of third-party alternatives, boasting the same features, same integrations, same functions, but with different designs and prices. On paper, they should be equal to Google's, but time and time again, we've learned that they're not.

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Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Clear skies again] Today’s forecast for Google weather includes offline servers with a chance of service interruptions

Friday, November 30th, 2018

If you're like me, the majority of your interactions with the Google Assistant are questions about the weather. What's it like now? What'll it be like tomorrow? Is it raining in Seattle? Right now, though, such questions are going unanswered, as Google seems to be having trouble delivering weather information for many.

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[Update: Clear skies again] Today's forecast for Google weather includes offline servers with a chance of service interruptions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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