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Google Assistant begins rollout for Android 6.0 and later

As promised, Google is now rolling out Google Assistant to devices running Android 6.0 or later. Up until now the new version of Google’s digital assistant software had only been available on Pixel smartphones, the Google Home smart speaker and in the Google Allo chat app. In some ways, Google Assistant is just a souped […]

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Google Assistant for everyone (running Android 6.0 or later)

Google Assistant is finally going to be widely available. The software lets you interact with Google apps and services using natural language. But up until recently it’s only been available in a few ways: through the Google Allo chat app, on Google Pixel smartphones, and via the Google Home smart speaker. Now Google says Assistant is […]

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Now you can buy things using Google Assistant

Amazon’s Echo line of products can answer questions, play music, and control your smart home products such as light bulbs, locks, and thermostats. But a big part of the reason Amazon launched its line of devices with the Alexa voice service is because they also make it easy for you to buy things… from Amazon. […]

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NVIDIA’s next Shield TV is a 4K media streamer with Google Assistant

The NVIDIA Shield has been one of the most powerful (and most popular) Android TV devices since it first launched. But now there’s a new champ: NVIDIA’s 2nd-gen Shield TV box. The new model looks a lot like its predecessor, but NVIDIA says it “offers 3x the performance of any other streamer” and supports 4K […]

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Third-party services coming to Google Assistant, no installation required

Google Assistant is the service that lets you ask questions, control media, and perform other actions on the Google Home smart speaker or Pixel smartphone. It’s also integrated into Google’s Allo chat app. So far Assistant has relied on Google technology to do just about anything. But now Google is inviting developers to tap into […]

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Google Home is now shipping ($129 voice-activated, internet-connected speaker)

Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo is now shipping. Customers who placed orders for Google Home from the Google Store are starting to get shipment notifications. Walmart seems to have put some units on store shelves. Unboxing videos are starting to appear. And professional reviews are starting to come in. Google Home is available for […]

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Google Assistant works with most Android 7.0 devices (unofficially)

Google’s new Pixel smartphones will be the first devices to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat, but they’ll also have a few exclusive features that aren’t available for any other phones, at least not at launch… and at least not officially. For example, the Pixel phones will have the Pixel Launcher, a new Pixel Camera app, […]

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Android 7.1 coming to Nexus devices, but Pixel phones have exclusive features

Google’s Pixel smartphones will be the first devices to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat. But Google is also bringing the next version of Android to recent Nexus phones and the Pixel C tablet. That said, some features will be exclusive to the Pixel phones, at least for now. Android Police has a run-down of new features […]

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Google Home coming in November for $129

After unveiling a new smart home hub/voice-activated speaker called Google Home in May, Google is getting ready to begin selling the device. Google Home basically Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo line of products, but it has one key feature that could help set it apart: tight integration with Google’s ecosystem… including the Android operating […]

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Report: Google to launch Pixel phones, 4K Chromecast, DayDream and Home devices Oct 4th

You know that report which said the two new phones Google is designing with HTC wouldn’t be called Nexus? Yeah, apparently that’s because they’ll be part of the Pixel family. Android Police reports that Google will launch the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at an event on October 4th… along with a whole bunch of other […]

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Report: Google developing Android Wear watches with Google Assistant

One of the biggest announcements from this year’s Google I/O developer conference was Google’s plan to launch a new platform called Google Assistant. Building on the company’s existing search-by-voice technology, Google Assistant lets you use natural language to ask questions, issue commands, and generally interact with a wide range of devices including smart home products, phones, […]

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Google Assistant takes on Siri and Alexa, Google Home takes on Amazon Echo

Google has been letting you search the web and get answers to questions using your voice for years, but while rivals Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have given their digital assistants names like Siri, Alexa, and Cortana, Google’s service has been called… Search, or Now, or something. Now Google is giving its digital assistant a name: […]