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JBL Link smart speakers review: Offering several great alternatives to the Google Home

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

After the Google Home was announced, it was only a matter of time before Google, like Amazon, made it possible for other brands to create their own Assistant-enabled speakers. We've already reviewed the TicHome Mini, a small portable alternative to the Home Mini, and today we're taking a look at JBL's line-up of Google Homesque speakers: the Link series. In this review, I will focus on the portable IPX7-rated cylindrical Link 20 and the larger stationary Link 300.

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JBL Link smart speakers review: Offering several great alternatives to the Google Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant may support 38 more countries and 17 more languages in 2018

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Google's Assistant and Assistant-powered hardware are a huge convenience, but the limited markets and languages for both have been anything but convenient for many. While Google has been slowly rolling out new countries for Home hardware and more languages for the Assistant over the last year or so, it looks like the company is gearing up to expand its footprint significantly. In a leaked slide from a presentation at the DNI (Digital News Initiative) summit in Amsterdam, Google revealed a literal map of its upcoming plans.

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Google Assistant may support 38 more countries and 17 more languages in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Arlo’s cameras will work with the Google Home and Assistant

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Gather 'round for some happy news, Arlo owners. If you've been envious of Nest's integration with Google Home and Assistant, the wait might be drawing to a close. Arlo has a landing page where it's promising that the Google Assistant integration is "coming soon" for its connected security cameras.

The entire page is very light on details and all we know is that you'll be able to stream any of your cameras by saying, "Ok Google, show me camera_name on tv/chromecast_name." That's the same thing you can do with Nest and Logi right now, and it requires a Chromecast connected to a TV or an Android TV set-top box to work.

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Arlo's cameras will work with the Google Home and Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v7.21 beta adds image donations to Lens, prepares for shopping on smart displays, making the Assistant repeat after you, and more [APK Teardown]

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

There's a new beta update to the Google app making the rounds. Like so many others, this one doesn't bring a lot of changes when it is first installed, but there are plenty of bigger things under the surface waiting to break out. While you can begin donating images to Google Lens today, the future also promises to have smart displays with shopping and YouTube suggestions, more places to set your default output devices for Assistant, and more.

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Google app v7.21 beta adds image donations to Lens, prepares for shopping on smart displays, making the Assistant repeat after you, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The ultimate guide to Google Home: Tips and tricks for understanding and making the most out of your assistant speaker

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

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You just got a Google Home, and after unwrapping it and setting it up, you've asked about the weather, requested a few songs to play, and set a timer for 5 minutes to see how it rings. Now what?

I've been covering Google's smart speaker for more than a year now and I've owned a couple of Google Homes for about a year, yet I still feel like I'm not using them to their full potential.

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The ultimate guide to Google Home: Tips and tricks for understanding and making the most out of your assistant speaker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony announces new 4K HDR Android TVs with Google Assistant built-in

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Sony's been busy with announcements so far at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, debuting new headphones and speakers, an Android Auto audio system, and some new phones (trademark bezels still intact).

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Sony announces new 4K HDR Android TVs with Google Assistant built-in was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

More Chromebooks may get Google Assistant in the near future

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

One of the highlighting features of the Google Pixelbook at launch was the native integration of Assistant in the OS itself. It can be activated by either using the "Ok, Google" hotword like normal or via the dedicated Assistant key near the spacebar. But according to XDA, who have been playing around in the Chromium Gerrit, Assistant might be coming to other Chromebooks in the near future.

The merged commit that XDA spotted mentions "add Assistant feature flags changes accordingly" and "Assistant service provides core Google Assistant functionality." Both of these imply that Assistant integration in Chrome OS cannot be too far off.

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More Chromebooks may get Google Assistant in the near future was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: 1st gen Chromecast unsupported] The first Google Home visualization is live – see the weather on your Chromecast

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

We've been able to ask Google Assistant for information about the local weather for a long time, and your Chromecast's home screen has shown the current temperature along with a weather icon. If you wanted to check out your upcoming weather, the only option was to "OK Google" yourself a forecast while you sit and listen through it. Back at I/O, Google announced upcoming contextual visual responses for the Google Home/Assistant and Chromecast, and now at least one of the features they showed off here. You can now ask your Google Home to show you the weather on your Chromecast.

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[Update: 1st gen Chromecast unsupported] The first Google Home visualization is live - see the weather on your Chromecast was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The first Google Home visualization is live – see the weather on your Chromecast

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

We've been able to ask Google Assistant for information about the local weather for a long time, and your Chromecast's home screen has shown the current temperature along with a weather icon. If you wanted to check out your upcoming weather, the only option was to "OK Google" yourself a forecast while you sit and listen through it. Back at I/O, Google announced upcoming contextual visual responses for the Google Home/Assistant and Chromecast, and now at least one of the features they showed off here. You can now ask your Google Home to show you the weather on your Chromecast.

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The first Google Home visualization is live - see the weather on your Chromecast was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: APK now available] Google releases Assistant Go app on the Play Store

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Back at I/O in May last year, Google announced the Android Go initiative; a less intensive version of the OS optimized for cheap phones with little RAM. This was launched in December and to go with it we've seen a number of Google apps get the Go treatment to make them smaller and less memory-hungry.

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[Update: APK now available] Google releases Assistant Go app on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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