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[Update: Beta update rolling out, downloads] Google says a fix is coming on January 18th for Wi-Fi problems associated with Cast devices

Friday, January 19th, 2018

A few days back we reported that the Google Home Max (among other Cast-enabled devices) might be connected with some recent reports for widespread Wi-Fi troubles. Google has indirectly responded to this issue in a page on the Device Support section for Google Home support, in which the company acknowledges the existence and cause of the problem, promising a fix tomorrow. 

This particular issue has picked up a lot of traction in the news, having been reported on by outlets covering a range from Engadget to The Sun, so it's not just a niche problem.

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[Update: Beta update rolling out, downloads] Google says a fix is coming on January 18th for Wi-Fi problems associated with Cast devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Taking a page from Kindle, Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere—can Google’s Assistant catch up?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

When Amazon upended the publishing industry with the advent of the Kindle, it also paved the way for an approach to luring consumers into a larger sphere of influence, a strategy that is now being successfully adapted for the new age of smart speakers and digital assistants. Both the Kindle and the Echo provide consumers with valuable services, encouraging them to shop and receive content within Amazon's ecosystem. Most of the experiences of its Kindle and Echo hardware also come in the form of apps or services that appear on other manufacturers' devices without additional charge to the consumer, making that connection even stronger.

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Taking a page from Kindle, Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere—can Google's Assistant catch up? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google says a fix is coming tomorrow for Wi-Fi problems associated with Cast devices

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

A few days back we reported that the Google Home Max (among other Cast-enabled devices) might be connected with some recent reports for widespread Wi-Fi troubles. Google has indirectly responded to this issue in a page on the Device Support section for Google Home support, in which the company acknowledges the existence and cause of the problem, promising a fix tomorrow. 

This particular issue has picked up a lot of traction in the news, having been reported on by outlets covering a range from Engadget to The Sun, so it's not just a niche problem.

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Google says a fix is coming tomorrow for Wi-Fi problems associated with Cast devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Save a few bucks on select Google Home and Chromecast Ultra combos, I guess ($10-$30 off)

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Google is offering discounts on particular combinations of its Google Home and Chromecast hardware, but the deals are just kind of okay, and frankly a bit of a letdown with all the big price slashes from the holidays still fresh in our memories.

Nonetheless, if you're in the market for a Google Home device or a Chromecast Ultra, you can save a little bit of money with some of these combinations:

  • Save $30 on a Google Home Max plus a Google Home Mini ($418), which is sort of like getting the Mini for twenty bucks (though it had just been $30 over the holidays all by itself, but we're trying not to think about that).
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[Deal Alert] Save a few bucks on select Google Home and Chromecast Ultra combos, I guess ($10-$30 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant and Home can now natively control your smart locks, August and Vivint are the first supported

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

There are a few smart home device types that your Google Assistant/Home can control natively. Lights, plugs and switches, and thermostats were some of the first, but recently we've seen the addition of dryers, washers, dishwashers, vacuums, fridges, and even scenes. However, one type of device I've been personally waiting for are smart locks. Up until now, all smart locks were, uhm, locked into using the Assistant apps for integration, and not the native smart home capability.

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Google Assistant and Home can now natively control your smart locks, August and Vivint are the first supported was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Google Home has a hidden API that local devices can use

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The Google Home works with a massive number of smart home products, but developers looking to tinker with it are usually out of luck. It doesn't have any kind of public API, so custom functionality can really only be added through IFTTT (or by writing your own Assistant app). Now there is a way to obtain some data from a Google Home, as one developer has discovered an undocumented API that the Google Home uses.

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The Google Home has a hidden API that local devices can use was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can now control your Sonos speakers with Google Home through Yonomi

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Sonos products are praised for a lot of good reasons, but integration with other smart home ecosystems isn't one of them. Until recently, you'd have had to use some separate hardware or scripts to control any Sonos speaker, but no longer. Google has added support for Yonomi to the Google Home and Google Assistant, and since Yonomi supports Sonos natively, that means that controlling your Sonos speakers with Google Home no longer requires a workaround.

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You can now control your Sonos speakers with Google Home through Yonomi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SkyBell’s new security camera plugs directly into a wall outlet, costs a whopping $199

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Home security brand SkyBell makes some of the best doorbell cameras around and even featured on our holiday list of the best smart home products you can buy. It received another boost a few days ago when its doorbells were added to the Google Assistant compatibility list. Like many companies at CES 2018 in Vegas, SkyBell also had something new to show off, in the form of a camera that plugs straight into a simple wall socket.

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SkyBell's new security camera plugs directly into a wall outlet, costs a whopping $199 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TiVo will soon work with IFTTT, Google Assistant, and Alexa

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Given the thousands of press releases coming out of CES, we almost missed the news that your TiVo DVR/Set-top box will soon integrate in your smart home setup, almost regardless of which platform you've decided to delve into.

Over the next few months, TiVo will have an IFTTT channel with multiple applets to let you automate your TV watching based on other happenings around your house, such as turn on ESPN when you get home, pause when the doorbell rings, and so on.

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TiVo will soon work with IFTTT, Google Assistant, and Alexa was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Smart] Setting a Google Assistant reminder or calendar event for “tomorrow” is interpreted differently before and after 5 AM

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

It's 1 AM and you're lying in bed. It's been a long day and your brain is still overworked with everything you did and everything you still need to do tomorrow. To avoid forgetting things, you shout at your Google Home or Google Assistant on your phone, "Ok Google, set a reminder to read Android Police more diligently tomorrow at 10 AM," or you know, something more critical than that (HOW DARE YOU?!).

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[Smart] Setting a Google Assistant reminder or calendar event for "tomorrow" is interpreted differently before and after 5 AM was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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