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New Roku boxes offer 4K HDR and Google Assistant support

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Roku has leveraged low prices and vast app support to become one of the most well-known media streamer platforms. Devices like the Roku Stick are basically impulse purchases at this point. Today, some of Roku's cheapest streaming boxes are getting new capabilities. The updated Premiere is getting 4K HDR support, and the new Premiere+ adds Google Assistant.

The new Premiere costs just $40 and has 4K HDR support, but it's only HDR10 and not Dolby Vision.

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New Roku boxes offer 4K HDR and Google Assistant support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant’s new Material visual responses start rolling out to some users

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Back at I/O 2018, Google announced two changes to the design and experience of Assistant on your phone. The first one, the visual snapshot that brings Google Now-like cards of your day, rolled out a couple of months ago (even though most of us still don't have the fancy swipe-up gesture to activate it); but the second one, which involves bigger cards and more visual responses, has just started showing up for some users.

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Google Assistant's new Material visual responses start rolling out to some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home Hub smart display leaked ahead of October event, no camera in sight

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Google announced Assistant would work on displays a while back, but so far only third-parties have launched hardware. A new leak suggests Google is aiming to launch its own Assistant smart display called the Home Hub. Some leaked renders purport to show a device that looks like the offspring of a Chromebook and a Google Home speaker.

MySmartPrice claims to have renders of the hardware as well as screens of the official product specifications.

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Google Home Hub smart display leaked ahead of October event, no camera in sight was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Smart displays aren't for everyone. They're not exactly tablets, but they look like ones and are both less and more useful, depending on how you look at them. With far superior sound and always listening mics, they act as a smart speaker for your home; but without real apps or a fully functional browser, you hit some roadblocks while using them and wish they could do just a little bit more.

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JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant adds support for popular Korean streaming service Bugs Music

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Google's efforts generally have a US-centric slant, but not always. Users can now set popular Korean streaming service Bugs Music as the default music provider for Google Assistant. To change your default music provider, go to Settings in the Google app, tap Settings again under the Google Assistant heading, scroll down to Services, and tap Music. Bugs is listed in the "More music services" section.

In April, Google Assistant picked up support for streaming services Saavn and Gaana in India, and in July, users in the UK got the option to set their default provider to YouTube Music.

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Google Assistant adds support for popular Korean streaming service Bugs Music was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: Hide personal results from your Smart Display if you don’t want to spoil surprises or share your content recommendations

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Having a Google Assistant Smart Display, such as the LenovoJBL Link ViewLG ThinQ WK9, is very convenient around the house. But if you don't pay attention, you may end up with unwanted privacy concerns because of the mere fact that these displays don't differentiate between people looking at them. They know voices and will only respond to you, but they don't know faces. If there's a personal card on the homescreen, anyone can read it or tap it to see more.

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Tip: Hide personal results from your Smart Display if you don't want to spoil surprises or share your content recommendations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant can speak Danish and Norwegian

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Google has been testing more language support for Assistant in several countries including Denmark and Norway. Now, it seems that those two languages are either going live for everyone or nearly about to do so.

The Google Assistant pages have been updated to add variants for both Danish (da-dk) and Norwegian (no-no). Every language has a dedicated Explore section that shows off all the commands you can use. So far, we've only received two tips about the Danish availability, so either Norwegian hasn't launched or it's going out in batches.

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Google Assistant can speak Danish and Norwegian was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home and Home Mini are coming to South Korea next week

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Back in May, Google announced that it would be bringing its Home smart speakers to seven new countries, including South Korea. Now, the wait is almost over as the Google Store in Korea has began listing the Home and Home Mini as coming soon. The official launch should happen next week.

Google Assistant has supported the Korean language on smartphones for nine months now, but some Google Home support pages (1, 2) just began listing Korean as a compatible language also on Home speakers.

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Google Home and Home Mini are coming to South Korea next week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: You can video call your Smart Display at home from your phone (with both on the same Duo account)

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

If you have one of the fancy new Assistant Smart Displays, be it the already available Lenovo or the soon-to-be-released JBL Link View, odds are you're going to set up Duo on it and use it for video calls. One neat feature that you may not be aware of, though, is that you can video call your display from your phone, with both set up to use the same Duo account.

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Tip: You can video call your Smart Display at home from your phone (with both on the same Duo account) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: Google Assistant is trilingual (and more), but only on phones

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Last week, Google officially rolled out bilingual support for Assistant, but as with everything related to Assistant and languages, there were limitations. You can only choose between six main languages (and a few country variants) as the main option, and you're restricted even further when it comes to your secondary language. Turns out there's a small trick to make Assistant understand more than these, but only on your phone if it's set to that other language.

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Tip: Google Assistant is trilingual (and more), but only on phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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