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This Google Home and Amazon Echo hack lets you change your voice AI hotword – but it’s far from elegant

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Google and Amazon are both constantly improving the capabilities of their voice AIs, but there are some issues that tech giants have little incentive to fix. For instance, from a branding standpoint it makes no sense to let people change their assistant hotword from "Okay Google" or "Alexa" to anything else - even if that's what users want (and it definitely, definitely is). It's this consumer desire, along with the issue of user privacy, that prompted designers Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen to create a Google Home/Amazon Echo hack called Project Alias.

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This Google Home and Amazon Echo hack lets you change your voice AI hotword - but it's far from elegant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant gains flight check-ins, hotel booking, Interpreter Mode, and broadens lockscreen support

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Google Assistant is the belle of the ball at CES 2019, with hardware partnerships popping up left, right, and center. What better time, then, for Google to announce a slew of shiny new features for the increasingly (artificially) intelligent helper? Among the updates comes flight check-ins, hotel booking, a new language interpreter mode, and the extension of Assistant on the lockscreen to all Android phones.

Assistant's new travel features are U.S.-focused for now, with the flight check-in feature rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, and the hotel booking tool similarly limited to Americans through hotel and travel partners including Choice Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, Priceline, Expedia, and Travelclick.

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Google Assistant gains flight check-ins, hotel booking, Interpreter Mode, and broadens lockscreen support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

D-Link announces 5G home router plus Google-Assistant compatible water sensor and smart plugs

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

CES 2019 doesn't officially start until tomorrow, but you wouldn't know it if you checked the tech news today. Announcements have been falling left and right, and we almost missed this one from D-Link, which slipped by on Friday. The company is expanding its smart home offerings and introducing a new 5G home router.

First up, the new 5G NR Enhanced Gateway (DWR-2010) is one of the first in-home 5G routers we've seen.

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D-Link announces 5G home router plus Google-Assistant compatible water sensor and smart plugs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn’t, and what we want in 2019

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Google’s hardware division is a rare success story inside a remarkably successful company - and one that has taken the better part of a decade to meet that definition. Its ambitions in the physical product space have grown from a geeky internet sideshow into a full-scale retail assault, and 2018 saw that ascendance continue. For all the naysayers it’s had - and there have been many - Google continues to position its hardware portfolio exactly where it needs to be: in stores.

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Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn't, and what we want in 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

C by GE announces new Made for Google color bulbs and accessories

Friday, January 4th, 2019

C by GE already makes white, dimmable smart lights designed specifically to work with Google Home — there's even a starter kit with a Home Mini — but now the company is adding a full-color LEDs to the range, along with some additional smart products.

Millions of colors will be available to choose from with the new bulbs, controllable with the Google Assistant without the need for extra hardware such as a hub.

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C by GE announces new Made for Google color bulbs and accessories was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn’t, and what we want in 2019

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Google’s hardware division is a rare success story inside a remarkably successful company - and one that has taken the better part of a decade to meet that definition. Its ambitions in the physical product space have grown from a geeky internet sideshow into a full-scale retail assault, and 2018 saw that ascendance continue. For all the naysayers it’s had - and there have been many - Google continues to position its hardware portfolio exactly where it needs to be: in stores.

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Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn't, and what we want in 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers have seen tremendous growth in the last year alone, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning the products will continue to get better as prices come down, and new categories will keep springing up, but there’s a lot out there worth investing in right at this moment.

With that in mind, and to ensure you won’t end up gifting (or being gifted) a dud this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of the best smart home devices you can buy.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant notes and lists are live for some, still no Keep integration though

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Google has been promising proper list and note integration in Assistant for months now, and we've seen hints of it even before that, but today brings us just a little bit closer to that promise being fulfilled. Both note and list support is rolling out to Assistant (on phones and Google Homes) now, but you can't pick a third-party app to manage them just yet. So if you're itching for the Google Keep integration, you may need to be a bit more patient.

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Google Assistant notes and lists are live for some, still no Keep integration though was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home can now read events from shared G Suite calendars

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

One of the most frequently requested Google Home features is support for G Suite calendars. For many of us, our personal calendar doesn't have many events, it's our work one that's filled to the brim with appointments and meetings. However, until recently, Google Home couldn't read events from those if they were shared from a G Suite account. Now, it can.

Multiple calendars on Google Home have been available for over a year, but the limitations were many.

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Google Home can now read events from shared G Suite calendars was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant routines are now official in many languages/countries (but not Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, or Sweden)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Google Assistant routines can save you a lot of time by executing multiple commands in succession after you say a simple sentence. They started off as "My Day," which brought a simple morning routine, but then multiple routines were enabled, as were custom routines, and finally scheduled routines. But until recently, they were only officially available if you set your Assistant to use English (US). Now, they're supported in many more language/country combinations.

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Google Assistant routines are now official in many languages/countries (but not Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, or Sweden) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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