Given that Google owns its own music streaming service and how they view Apple as a rival, it’s actually interesting to see how Google’s smart speakers powered by Google Assistant, along with their smart displays, can now stream Apple Music directly from them. This is according to a recent update on Google’s blog.
Parents keeping track of their kids is to be expected, and there is already technology that allows parents to track their kids using devices like smartwatches, phones, and GPS technology in general. However, it seems that Google now wants to introduce reverse tracking, where your kids can now track you.
We’ve all had those earworms where we hear a snippet of a song somewhere but we can’t for the life remember the name of it. You could search for the lyrics, but what if you don’t know the lyrics? What if you only remember the melody? The good news is that Google wants to make it easier for you to get rid of that earworm.
Earlier this year, we had heard rumors that Google was planning a new Nest speaker. Given that Google had been slowly transitioning some of its products to the Nest brand, and with the Nest Hub Max, it makes sense that they would have a new Nest speaker that would replace the old Google Home.
Sometimes when you try to get in touch with a company’s customer service, depending on the volume of calls and complexity of your question, you might need to be put on hold. This is fine, but sometimes it can be a bit of a wait in which you can’t really do anything else except to wait, but not anymore.
One of the new features that Google is bringing to Android 11 are Bubbles. The concept of chat heads isn’t new and we’ve seen Facebook use it with Messenger in the past, but with Android 11, Google is bringing it about in a big way. In fact, according to 9to5Google, it seems that Google could be bringing its Assistant feature to Bubbles.
Companies like Samsung rely on Android for their mobile devices. However, given that a lot of mobile hardware and software tend to be the same, companies try to set themselves apart by offering their own software services. For example, with Samsung, the company has their own alternative to the Google Play Store and Google Assistant.
The problem with a lot of digital assistants is that the processing is usually done in the cloud. This is why sometimes when you ask digital assistants like Siri a question, it can take a while for it to respond, but that’s something that Google will be changing with Google Assistant where last year, they announced that they would be baking Google Assistant into devices like their Pixel phones.
Ever since Google acquired Nest, the company has been slowly rebranding some of its products with the Nest brand. For example, we’ve seen the company launch the Nest WiFi which effectively replaces the Google WiFi mesh router system, and we’ve also seen Google rebrand some of their Google Home lineup.
In recent years, we’ve seen companies start to transition from creating smart speakers to smart displays. These are essentially smart speakers that comes with a built-in display to allow for users to make video calls, watch videos, use it to see who’s at the door if you have a smart doorbell, and so on.
Back in October last year, Google unveiled the second-gen Pixel Buds which they referred to as the “new” Pixel Buds. It has been more than half a year since the device was announced, but the good news is that if you have been looking forward to getting your hands on the device, you’ll be pleased to learn that is now possible.
We’re sure that many of us have accidentally triggered our digital assistants by saying phrases that sound similar to its trigger phrase. However, the good news for Google Home owner is that it appears that Google has made some adjustments on that front and in an update that is rolling out to users, Google has introduced the ability to adjust the Google Home’s sensitivity.
If you have your hands full but need to access information on a website, you might want to consider using Google Assistant. This is because in an announcement by the company, they have revealed a new feature for Google Assistant that will let the virtual assistant read out any web page to users out loud.
Smart speakers have been around for a few years now, and we have to give Amazon credit for kind of kicking it off. While digital assistants aren’t new, Amazon made a very smart move early on by opening up Alexa to third-party developers, thus allowing them to flood the market with smart speakers.
When it comes to virtual assistants, depending on the phone and platform you use, you could be using any number of virtual assistants ranging from Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and so on. But if there was a “world’s biggest” title when it comes to digital assistants, would Siri necessarily be a name that comes to mind?
It’s not surprising that companies would want to lock you into their ecosystem. This makes sense as it means that you would keep using their products and services and eventually become too dependent on it to quit. For those who are using YouTube Premium or YouTube Music, you might be in luck.
Google Assistant is Google’s digital assistant, but unlike other digital assistants like Siri, Google Assistant has the added advantage of allowing the user to type to it. This means that if you’d rather not speak to it using your voice, maybe it’s not particularly convenient, you won’t have to as you can type in your query.
With the rise in smart speakers which allows us to control our smart home objects using our voice, it’s not surprising that this would eventually be expanded where we can even make orders using our voice instead of having to go through an app. Recently, Walmart and Apple teamed up where users could place orders via Siri, and now it looks like 7-Eleven is launching a similar feature.
Earlier this week, we reported that in a firmware update that was pushed out to the Google Home and Home Mini devices, some users ended up with bricked devices where in some cases, there was nothing that they could do about it. It was made worse with some users claiming that Google was refusing to replace the affected devices outside of its warranty.
When Google initially launched the Google Home Mini, it seemed like it was Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Dot. It was basically a smaller and cheaper version of the Google Home for those who did not need a full sounding speaker, but preferred the functionality of the built-in Google Assistant.