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Google kicked off its annual developer conference, Google I/O, this morning with a two-hour keynote that ranged from Waymo self-driving cars to new Google Photos features to improvements in Google Assistant. And across all of it was a central theme: artificial intelligence, now being baked-in to nearly every Google product and service. While there were a number of improvements for the smart home, they felt a little lackluster. Also, there was absolutely zero information from Nest, a Google subsidiary.
Does your smart home have a few too many smart "things" and scenes that get tedious to trigger by voice? Do you forget what they're called, or perhaps the extra "trigger" words to activate them? Obviously most of us don’t speak in special code or in strange syntax. If these assistants of ours could be spoken to in a more natural way, it would probably make the smart home a bit helpful.
Google finally entered the pint-sized smart speaker competition recently, and the Google Home Mini is an overall great contender for winner of this always-listening digital assistant category.
Connected lights, remote-controlled outlets, thermostats with round displays, battery-operated Bluetooth locks, and of course the ever-present “smart home hub”. These devices make up today’s “smart home”, but is it really smart?
Squashing the rumors, Google introduced a smaller version of the Google Home at its #MadeByGoogle event, and also included a surprise Google Home Max smart speaker.
Getting an odd message of "Hi, I need an upgrade" or similar on your Google Home when you try to ask it for something? Google is pushing out an update that, well, needs a little bit of assistance before you can take advantage of new features for your smart speaker.
Google announced this new feature at Google I/O in May, but didn't mention when it would go live. Well, the wait is over...at least for the United States (for now). Actual (and free) phone calls to real phone numbers is now available on Google Home.
Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google Assistant and Bixby…oh what fun it is to keep up with the ever-growing list of virtual assistants who claim they can improve your life, magically give you more free time to do things you love, and lower your cholesterol.
Google continues its mission of organizing the world’s information, and then some. The search giant's AI efforts continue to pay dividends with its Google Assistant platform, now appearing on many more devices, including iOS. Now you'll be able to turn off your toaster from your Google Home, or from the middle of Iceland.
The highly-anticipated (and ridiculously leaked) Ecobee4 smart Wi-Fi thermostat launched this past week. The overall design and features of the new thermostat remain the same from the Ecobee3, and the Ecobee4 comes with a remote temperature and occupancy sensor just like its predecessor. But wait, there’s more: Ecobee4 doesn’t just “work with” Amazon’s Alexa, she’s built right into the device.
Last fall, the Google Assistant debuted on the Google Home smart speaker and the Google Pixel smartphone. Initially, the only things that Google Assistant could help with were SmartThings, Nest, Philips Hue and IFTTT. Since the launch, Google has slowly added a few more, such as support for Belkin WeMo and Honeywell. But this week, an entire dozen (not a baker’s dozen) of new integrations were added to the Google Assistant.
The brand-new Google Home voice-activated smart speaker has started making its home in homes across the U.S. and we’ve got a first-look, unboxing, setup overview and some fun demos to show off for you.
Official details and pricing for Google Home were released at the October 4th #madebygoogle event, along with a few surprise products that revolve around the smarter home.
While Google did announce the new Android N mobile OS, Allo messaging app, Daydream VR system and Duo video calling with “Knock-Knock”…Google Home, powered by the new Google Assistant was the announcement many had been hoping for.