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.
When Google announced the original Pixel Buds, it felt like the company wasn’t quite ready to fully embrace true wireless earbuds. This is because if you recall, the OG Pixel Buds came with a cable that connected both earbuds together. However, it seems that Google has finally decided to cut the cord.
Marshall, a brand that musicians might be familiar with when it comes to guitar and bass amplifiers, has started making more commercially available audio products in the past few years. This include Bluetooth speakers, which have been very well received, and also headphones that are also doing pretty well.
Google Assistant is Google’s digital assistant software that can typically be found on its Android smartphones, although in the past few years, we’ve seen it expanded to smart speakers. It even made its way to Chromebook devices made by Google, such as the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, and the good news is that Google has expanded on its availability.
Tile’s trackers are pretty useful if you’re the type that forgets things or misplaces items often. This could be your bag, your keys, an umbrella, luggages, and so on. Through an accompanying smartphone app, you can help locate where your item is, but it seems that Tile wants to make it even easier.
Have you ever made a call to a business only to be put on hold? Sometimes this can take a long time, depending on the nature of the call, but the good news is that one of the upcoming features of the Google Pixel 4 is that it might be able to hold the call for you and let you know when it’s time to come back.
What started out as smart speakers quickly evolved into what we know as smart displays. These are essentially smart speakers that come with a built-in display which can be used for video calls, watching videos, seeing who’s at the front door, and more. However, one of the downsides to such devices is that you’ll need to purchase it.
Recently, there have been reports that Sonos could be working on a new portable speaker system that will allow users to play music through WiFi and Bluetooth. Those speakers have yet to make their debut, but it seems that Bose could have beaten them to the punch as the company has taken the wraps off their aptly named “Portable Home Speaker”.
If you’re a Google One subscriber, you might want to check your emails because according to reports, it looks like Google is giving away free Google Home Minis to subscribers of its One service. Some users are reporting that they have received emails informing them of the giveaway, but it should be pointed out that you can go to your Google One account to access the redemption code to get […]