Sonos finally gets Google Assistant integration

After delaying a promised 2018 arrival (while offering a beta as consolation), Google Assistant is finally arriving on select Sonos speakers. Not an earth shattering bit of news, but certainly a nice little free software upgrade for those who already own a Sonos One speaker or Sonos Beam soundbar. It’s a mutually beneficial deal for […]

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Google launches new Assistant developer tools

At its I/O conference, Google today announced a slew of new tools for developers who want to build experiences for the company’s Assistant platform. These range from the ability to build games for smart displays like the Google Home Hub and the launch of App Actions for taking users from an Assistant answer to their […]

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Google Assistant gets more personalized through a new ‘Picks for You’ feature

In addition to Google’s plan to bring a more powerful, next-generation Google Assistant to Pixel phones, the company also introduced new personalization features for its digital assistant. The update will take into account user preferences to help when choosing what to listen to, what to do on the weekend, or even what to eat. For […]

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A super fast, next-generation Google Assistant is coming to new Pixel phones this year

A next-generation Google Assistant that can handle more complex tasks across apps — quickly switching from hailing a ride, to checking the weather and taking a selfie — is coming to new Pixel phones later this year. An early demonstration of the more robust Google Assistant was shown Tuesday at Google I/O 2019, the company’s […]

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YouTube Music is now free with ads on Google Home devices

Following reports that Amazon is preparing to launch a free, streaming music service for Echo owners, Google today announced YouTube Music will be free on its Google Home smart speakers and other Google Assistant-powered speakers — like those from JBL, Panasonic, Sony and others. The free service will be ad-supported, and available in select markets, […]

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The Google Assistant can now finally manage your G Suite Calendar

As part of its Cloud Next conference, Google today announced a small but welcome new Google Assistant feature that allows Google’s virtual assistant to finally help you manage your work calendar in G Suite. Traditionally, as Google rightly notes, the Assistant has mostly been about helping you keep track of your personal life. Now, however, […]

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The Google Assistant on Android gets more visual responses

About half a year ago, Google gave the Assistant on phones a major visual refresh. Today, the company is following up with a couple of small but welcome tweaks that’ll see the Assistant on Android provide more and better visual responses that are more aligned with what users already expect to see from other Google […]

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A.I.-powered booking service Google Duplex rolls out to iOS & Android 5.0+ devices

Google confirmed its Google Assistant feature for booking restaurant reservations via the phone, powered by Duplex’s A.I. technology, has begun to roll out to more Android and iOS devices across the U.S. in English. The expansion sets the stage for potential mainstream adoption – especially as it goes cross-platform for the first time. During its […]

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