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Tip: Get the ding sound after your “OK Google” command by enabling one accessibility service

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Oh Google, all the mysterious ways in which you work will continue to elude us, but now we shall shed the light on one very important puzzle that's been making us scratch our heads for months, nay years. One day you say "OK Google" to your phone and it responds with a ding letting you know it's listening. A few weeks later, you try again, and there's no ding so you have to look at your display and spot that tiny animation on the bottom to figure out if it's listening to you or not.

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Tip: Get the ding sound after your "OK Google" command by enabling one accessibility service was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v7.14 beta teases Assistant for tablets, adds ‘unlink’ for Android TV devices, and more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

A new version of the Google app began circulating the beta channel late last night. This one brings a small addition that makes it easy to remove your account from a linked Android TV unit with Assistant. It's not too exciting, but it is important to have available. The more interesting details are found in the teardown, where we finally see a sign that Assistant is coming to tablets soon, the 'Recents' screen is going to get a bit more versatile with more types of content, and more.

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Google app v7.14 beta teases Assistant for tablets, adds 'unlink' for Android TV devices, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home now has a sleep timer to turn your music off

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

With the introduction of the Home Mini and Home Max, there are now three types of Assistant-powered hardware from Google. The Assistant is already very capable, but that isn't stopping the team from continuing to add useful features. At Google's event earlier in the month we learned that Google Home can now easily find your phone, and it also recently added the ability to turn off your Chromecast-connected TV.

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Google Home now has a sleep timer to turn your music off was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Weekend poll: Where do you use your Google Home?

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

This has been an exciting few weeks for the Google Home. Google's AI-augmented smart speaker got a ton of new features at I/O, as well as two new models. More recently, we've seen things cover the range from spooky to downright terrifying. All this got us thinking, where do you keep your Google Home?

There are so many useful places for it. Voice controls almost seem made for dirty hands in the kitchen.

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Weekend poll: Where do you use your Google Home? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant gets playful with new Halloween-themed Easter eggs

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Google Assistant doesn't need to do a whole lot more to earn the "spooky" tag, but that's not stopping the team behind it from trying — but this time for smiles, not shivers. The virtual assistant is now equipped with interactive, intentionally humorous responses to some Halloween-related questions and commands.

  

The new Google Assistant treats include:

  • "Ok Google, what should I be for Halloween?" triggers a series of five questions to help Google Assistant find you the perfect costume.
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Google Assistant gets playful with new Halloween-themed Easter eggs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Praise Slow Google] It’s now possible to control Chromecast music and TV playback from your phone’s Assistant, not just Google Home

Friday, October 13th, 2017

The fragmentation of what Google Assistant can do on which device is, to say the very least, beyond frustrating. You issue a command on your phone and it works, then you try the same on your Google Home and it says it can't do that yet. You try something else on your Google Home and it works, but it doesn't from your phone, or your watch, or your TV, or Allo.

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[Praise Slow Google] It's now possible to control Chromecast music and TV playback from your phone's Assistant, not just Google Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Make your next Target purchase from the sofa with Google Express

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

It's been a while since Google express first launched, but the home delivery service shown no signs of slowing down. Hot on the heels of Walmart, Google Express is now expanding to include Target among the list of stores you can order from, after a successful test of the service in California and NYC. Even better, it works with the Google Assistant (on some devices). Now all your favorite Target brands are just a click or shout from your doorstep. 

This isn't regionally limited, either, as some stores on Google Express are.

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Make your next Target purchase from the sofa with Google Express was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hulu for Android TV updated with Google Assistant voice controls

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Voice controls are easily one of the best things to have happened to the living room. Gone are the times when we needed separate 'clickers' for every device, and even the universal remote's days are numbered. Now you can even add Hulu on Android TV to the growing list of "yell-compatible" apps, via the Google Assistant. 

Support isn't too extensive, but it does cover all the basics. Assistant-compatible controls include play, pause, resume, fast forward, rewind, and skip to the next item.

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Hulu for Android TV updated with Google Assistant voice controls was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

API.AI, Google’s tool for making Assistant apps, is now Dialogflow

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Back in September 2016, Google purchased Speaktoit, a company specializing in natural language technology. The company's main service at the time was API.AI, an SDK that allowed creating voice interfaces for mobile apps. Google re-purposed the tool to create Google Assistant Apps (formerly known as 'Actions on Google').

API.AI remains the best way for most developers to create Google Assistant actions, but now the service is being renamed to 'Dialogflow'. Google's reasoning is that the service now provides tools outside of a standard API, like analytics features and pre-built agents.

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API.AI, Google's tool for making Assistant apps, is now Dialogflow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AirPods can activate Google Assistant on your Android device with this app

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

There are only a handful of truely wireless earbuds on the market that are actually worth using, and perhaps the most popular at the moment is Apple's AirPods. But unlike most Apple products, they actually work pretty well with non-Apple devices, including Android phones. If you're looking for tighter integration between AirPods and your Android phone, DotArrow's latest app will come in handy.

 

The app is called 'AirpodsForGA,' and it allows you to trigger Google Assistant by double-tapping on either AirPod.

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AirPods can activate Google Assistant on your Android device with this app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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