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BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Vulnerabilities. There's a new flavor of the week every few days and in this highly connected world, it's tough to keep up, whether it's for users who don't know which of their devices are vulnerable and have/haven't been patched or for companies who are scrambling to fix one bug only to see the next one around the corner.

The BlueBorne vulnerability affected Bluetooth devices and could be exploited by hackers to completely take over a device with Bluetooth just turned on, without pairing with it first.

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BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant gets ‘trending’ and ‘new’ sections, additional subcategories, and more

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Finding Assistant services can be a pain. Unless you're constantly scrolling through all the available options, you're going to miss things. Google is rolling out a number of changes to Assistant that will make it easier to find apps and services. Developers will also have a few new tools at their disposal to build Assistant apps. 

Of primary importance on the user side, the Assistant menu will now have better discovery features.

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Google Assistant gets 'trending' and 'new' sections, additional subcategories, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home v1.26 reveals ‘speaker pairs’ for stereo casting, adds EQ settings, new Backdrop screen, and more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

The Google Home app has seen some big enhancements lately, and with the rollout of v1.26, it's gearing up for some more. The latest update brings the notable addition of EQ settings for speakers and introduces a new screen for backdrop history. Users of Android 8.0 Oreo might also notice their app shortcuts are now sporting fresh adaptive icons. However, the main topic comes to us via a teardown that shows a new feature called Speaker Pairs will enable us to take two speakers and set them up to work in stereo.

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Google Home v1.26 reveals 'speaker pairs' for stereo casting, adds EQ settings, new Backdrop screen, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Broadcast for Google Home is rolling out now, allowing you to talk to everyone in the house

Monday, November 13th, 2017

A ton of products and features were announced at Google's October 4th event, and among those was a broadcast feature for the Google Home line. If you have several Homes in your home, this is sure to come in handy when you need to communicate something with the entire house.

A simple "Ok Google, broadcast..." ahead of your intended message will get it sent out through every Home in the house, much like a PA system.

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Broadcast for Google Home is rolling out now, allowing you to talk to everyone in the house was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Broadcast for Google Home is rolling out now, allowing you to talk to everyone in the house

Monday, November 13th, 2017

A ton of products and features were announced at Google's October 4th event, and among those was a broadcast feature for the Google Home line. If you have several Homes in your home, this is sure to come in handy when you need to communicate something with the entire house.

A simple "Ok Google, broadcast..." ahead of your intended message will get it sent out through every Home in the house, much like a PA system.

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Broadcast for Google Home is rolling out now, allowing you to talk to everyone in the house was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

‘Viki’ is the sixth video streaming service supported by Google Home

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Nearly a year ago, Google added the ability to play content from partner services through your Google Home. For example, you could say "Play The Office on Netflix," and your Home would cast the show to the Chromecast/Cast-compatible TV of your choosing. At launch, only Google Photos and Netflix were supported, but the list of compatible services has been slowly growing.

The latest service to be added is Viki, a San Francisco-based site with primarily Korean/Taiwanese TV shows and movies.

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'Viki' is the sixth video streaming service supported by Google Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony’s Android TVs now support the Google Assistant

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

If you're lucky enough to own a recent Sony 4K HDR set with Android TV, you now have access to the Google Assistant. As well as using it to explore video content and get information, you'll also be able to control your smart home devices, just as you can with the Assistant on your phone or a Google Home product.

Any Sony Android TV model from 2017, along with some from 2016 (XBR-Z9D, XBR-X800D, XBR-X750/X700D), will be able to make use of the Assistant, which can be summoned by pressing the microphone button on the remote control.

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Sony's Android TVs now support the Google Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Black Friday Target ad reveals $80 Google Home, $30 Home Mini with $10 giftcard, $30 Fire 7 tablet, and more

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Thanksgiving is coming up this month in the United States, which means retailers are prepping for Black Friday. Just about every major store will have steep discounts on items, but whether they are worth fighting crowds for is another question. Target's ad for Black Friday was recently released, and there are a few noteworthy deals for Google, Amazon, and Samsung products.

Starting off with Google's hardware, the Home Mini is $29.99 ($20 off) with a free $10 Target giftcard.

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Black Friday Target ad reveals $80 Google Home, $30 Home Mini with $10 giftcard, $30 Fire 7 tablet, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: You can ask Google Home and Assistant to print your calendar, sudokus, and more

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

In the list of Google's Home control partners that we found a few days ago, you may notice one interesting mention: HP Printer. We're not sure how long it's been there, but as the name suggests, Google Assistant and Home can issue printing commands which work with your HP printers.

Obviously the printer needs to be cloud-connected (either with Web Services or HP ePrint) and set up with Google Cloud Print, but if that's done, you should be able to link your printer from this page (open it with Assistant on your phone) and then use it right away.

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Tip: You can ask Google Home and Assistant to print your calendar, sudokus, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home and Android Things power these awesome Halloween trick or treat bowls

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Halloween is over (sad face) but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy its nerdy tricks and its geeky treats. Google Home already has its own Halloween tricks, but if you're an awesome dad, you'd go above and beyond that. Case in point: this set of Halloween bowls rigged by tjudkinsYT and demoed by his daughter. He's using Android Things on a Raspberry Pi and his own unpublished Action on Google (hence the "getting the test version of Trick or Treat Bowl" you hear the nice Google lady say in reply) to trigger it through Assistant on his Home Mini.

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Google Home and Android Things power these awesome Halloween trick or treat bowls was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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