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Soma smart shades review: Retrofitting your blinds for Google Assistant requires many compromises

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Automating the light in your home is easy if you only consider getting some smart bulbs or switches or plugs. But once it comes to natural light, the equation gets a bit more complicated. Smart shades/blinds/curtains aren't as ubiquitous, and the current solutions aren't ideal. You either have to replace your entire shades (Ikea, Lutron), the motor (Neo Smart Blinds), or if you're not feeling particularly adventurous, you can try to retrofit your existing window coverings.

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Soma smart shades review: Retrofitting your blinds for Google Assistant requires many compromises was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

Harman Kardon Citation One review: The high-end Google Home you’ve been waiting for

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Harman Kardon is the flagship brand in the Samsung-owned audio empire also consisting also of JBL and AKG, and it has a decent reputation for making products with relative audiophile appeal. The group is no stranger to Google Assistant-equipped devices, but the Citation/Enchant range of speakers, subs, towers, and soundbars really caught our attention when it was announced last summer. This could be the versatile Sonos competitor we've been waiting for.

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Harman Kardon Citation One review: The high-end Google Home you’ve been waiting for 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.

Google is re-adding routine support to Assistant on Chromebooks

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Google Assistant is kind of a mess on Chrome OS right now. It's still only officially available on the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, and both devices have completely different implementations — the Pixelbook runs Assistant as an Android app, while the Pixel Slate has a native version (which will eventually come to the Pixelbook and other models). Apparently, the Slate version never supported Google Assistant routines, but that will soon be fixed.

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Google is re-adding routine support to Assistant on Chromebooks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

During CES last month, Google announced its Home speakers and smart displays with Assistant would be capable of becoming virtual interpreters and translate live conversations between people speaking in different languages. The feature seems to be rolling out to the masses as an official support page has been set up, and several devices are now capable of translating discussions.

Interpreter mode is compatible with most devices running Assistant: you can use the feature on all smart displays and Google Homes, but some third-party speakers may not be supported.

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Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

During CES last month, Google announced its Home speakers and smart displays with Assistant would be capable of becoming virtual interpreters and translate live conversations between people speaking in different languages. The feature seems to be rolling out to the masses as an official support page has been set up, and several devices are now capable of translating discussions.

Interpreter mode is compatible with most devices running Assistant: you can use the feature on all smart displays and Google Homes, but some third-party speakers may not be supported.

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Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

During CES last month, Google announced its Home speakers and smart displays with Assistant would be capable of becoming virtual interpreters and translate live conversations between people speaking in different languages. The feature seems to be rolling out to the masses as an official support page has been set up, and several devices are now capable of translating discussions.

Interpreter mode is compatible with most devices running Assistant: you can use the feature on all smart displays and Google Homes, but some third-party speakers may not be supported.

Read More

Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter 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.

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