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Closer look at NVIDIA Shield TV with Google Assistant and SmartThings Link

The NVIDIA Shield TV may be a few years old at this point, but it’s still one of the most powerful Android TV boxes on the market… and it keeps getting more versatile. Today NVIDIA rolled out software version 6.0, which brings support for Google Assistant and the option to plug in a SmartThings Link […]

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Google Assistant comes to Android TV (starting with NVIDIA Shield TV)

Google is bringing its voice assistant software to its TV platform. The NVIDIA Shield TV is the first Android TV device to support Google Assistant, but Google says Sony Bravia TVs will gain the feature in the coming months. That will let you control TV features with your voice, ask questions, and perform plenty of […]

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Google and Bose unveil headphones “optimized for Google Assistant”

Bose is launching the first headphones with built-in support for Google Assistant. As spotted in leaked pictures, the new Bose QuietComort 35 II noise-canceling headphones have a built-in action button that you can use to trigger Google Assistant. You do need to pair the headphones to a phone via Bluetooth though — so it’s not […]

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones with Google Assistant coming soon (leaks)

Google’s voice assistant service is already available on Android phones and smart speakers like Google Home, and it’s coming soon to third-party devices like the upcoming JBL Link and Sony LG-S50G smart speakers. But it also looks like Google Assistant is coming to headphones. One of the first sets with Google Assistant baked in will […]

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JBL Link speakers with Google Assistant coming soon for $150 and up

Google announced yesterday that third-party smart speakers with Google Assistant features were on the way. But by announcing that Anker, Movoi, and Panasonic were making three of the first, the company sort of made it sound like we might have to wait a while for more to be announced. It turns out we only had […]

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Sony launches a $200 smart speaker with Google Assistant

Sony’s entering the smart speaker space with a little help from Google. The new Sony LG-S50G is a 360 degree speaker with Bluetooth, NFC, and WiFi support. It’s also designed for hands-free controls, thanks to Google Assistant integration, making it one of the first third-party speakers to support Google’s voice service. You can use your voice […]

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Google Assistant is coming to third-party speakers

Google Assistant made its debut on Pixel smartphones and the Google Home smart speaker last year. But a few months ago Google introduced an SDK that would let third-party hardware makers add Google’s voice assistant service to their own hardware. Now Google has announced that the first third-party smart speakers with Google Assistant are on […]

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Now you can use Google Home to make free phone calls (US and Canada)

Amazon recently added voice calling features to its Alexa-enabled line of smart speaker and… other things. Now it’s Google’s turn, but the company is taking a slightly different approach. While Amazon’s Alexa Calling & Messaging features are for device-to-device calls, the Google Home smart speaker now lets you call a phone number using your voice. And […]

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Google Assistant launches for iPhone (and other Google Assistant & Google Home updates)

Google Assistant is expanding to new devices. Google recently launched an SDK that developers can use to integrate the company’s intelligent assistant software into third-party devices. But now the company says Google Assistant is also available for iPhone. Google Assistant updates The iOS version of the app supports most of the features that are already […]

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Hardware kit turns Raspberry Pi into a DIY Google Home (kind of)

Just a few days after Google released a software development kit for Google Assistant, allowing developers to bring Google’s voice assistant service to third-party hardware, there’s a new hardware kit that lets you turn a Raspberry Pi into an Assistant-enabled device. The AIY Projects voice kit includes a speaker, microphone, cables, arcade-style button, and a cardboard case […]

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Google Assistant SDK offers voice service to 3rd-party hardware

Google Assistant currently works on a handful of platforms including select Android phones, the Google Home smart speaker, and Google Allo chat app. But soon Google Assistant may be available in third-party devices ranging from smart home gadgets to robots. Google has released a new software development kit that you can use to build-your-own hardware […]

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Clarity is a touchscreen Android speaker with Alexa and Google Assistant (crowdfunding)

Looking for a smart home speaker, but can’t decide between an Amazon Echo with the Alexa voice service or a Google Home with Google Assistant? Why not both? At least that seems to be the thinking behind the Clarity Speaker. It’s basically a familiar-looking speaker with a 7 inch touchscreen display and Android software. But […]