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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.

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.

More Assistant-triggered visualizations are coming to Chromecast, plus per-device casting defaults for Google Home

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Back at I/O 2017, Google showed off what it called "contextual visual responses." Put simply, they were visual feedback for Assistant-based queries on your Chromecast. Earlier this year, we spotted the first of these in the wild for weather, and next up was YouTube. Now Google is revealing that even more of these visual results from the Assistant will be coming to Chromecasts. In related news, Google is now formalizing the announcement of a feature which landed last year, allowing you to set default media playback devices.

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More Assistant-triggered visualizations are coming to Chromecast, plus per-device casting defaults for Google Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant routines are rolling out in more languages in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, and the UK

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Google Assistant's routines rolled out in March, then gained customization and scheduling a few months later, but in the time since, routines have always been an English (US) feature. If your Google Home or Assistant on your phone was set to any other language, or any other variant of English, you had to make do with the old My Day feature for a morning routine and not much more. In the past day, however, routines have started popping up left and right for users in several countries.

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Google Assistant routines are rolling out in more languages in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, and the UK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest x Yale Lock gains Google Assistant voice command support

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

You know smart home technology is becoming ubiquitous when even a 150-year-old company decides to get in on the fun. That's the case with Yale, founded in 1868 by the inventor of the modern pin tumbler lock, Linus Yale, Jr. The historic company collaborated with Google's home automation company, Nest, to reveal the Nest x Yale Lock in January 2018. Now, Yale has achieved the inevitable next step in its journey into cutting edge security tech, with the announcement that as of today, Google Assistant on mobile or Google Home supports voice commands for its product.

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Nest x Yale Lock gains Google Assistant voice command support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Smart speaker sales up 187% in Q2 2018: Google Home leads the pack, Chinese market sees rapid growth

Friday, August 17th, 2018

With the ultra-affordable Google Home Mini and Echo Dot often on sale for as little as $30, it's no surprise that sales of smart speakers have gone through the roof over the past 12 months. The global market saw year-on-year growth of 187% in Q2, with total shipments increasing from 5.8 million in 2017 to a staggering 16.8 million for the same period in 2018. Google's lead from Q1 has been retained — it sold 5.4 million Home devices in the second quarter.

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Smart speaker sales up 187% in Q2 2018: Google Home leads the pack, Chinese market sees rapid growth was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pandora Premium now works with Google Assistant, and new subscribers can get a 90-day trial

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

New tunes are arriving on Google Home devices today with the addition of Pandora Premium to the supported Assistant music services. After connecting your account, Assistant across all your devices can stream music directly from Pandora with new premium features. You can even give Pandora Premium a try for free.

You can add Pandora in your Assistant settings like any other music service. Pandora will function on a basic level with a free account, and that's been an option for a long time.

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Pandora Premium now works with Google Assistant, and new subscribers can get a 90-day trial was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Swann wired security cameras now support Google Assistant voice commands

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

We cover plenty of home security cameras here at AP, but they're usually from upstart tech firms or larger companies entering into the market. Swann has been an industry leader since way before smart home security became accessible to the masses, and it's announcing that its wired security systems are now compatible with the Google Assistant.

Thanks to the new integration, Swann systems can now be controlled hands-free through a Google Home device.

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Swann wired security cameras now support Google Assistant voice commands was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home playback issues with Play Music purchases have apparently been fixed

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Slightly over a year ago, an update was pushed to the Google Home that allowed users to play purchased tunes from Play Music. Issues with the feature cropped up almost immediately, and Google engineers have been going back and forth with users since. At long last, the company says it has finally fixed all playback issues.

The main support thread for the issue has nearly 900 replies at this point, and Emily from Google today responded with this message:

I have some good news regarding this feature.

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Google Home playback issues with Play Music purchases have apparently been fixed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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