Google Assistant on Android Auto giving users a “double beep”

Google Assistant and Android Auto have not been best friends for a while now, especially when the former “muted itself” over Bluetooth for some users. But now it looks like users are facing a different kind of issue as the virtual assistant is not responding to the voice commands given …

Google rolling out Assistant redesign on Pixel 3 devices

One of the things that Google brought to the Pixel 4 devices is a sort of redesign of the Google Assistant. Not only has the virtual assistant become on-device instead of on the server, it is also now more compact and takes up less real estate on your phone unless …

Philips Android TV wants to be the star of your kitchen

Philips has ventured into many businesses but one thing we’re grateful for is the fact that it now caters to the Android TV market. It’s easy for the company to do that because it’s been releasing smart TVs for years. It only needed to change that platform or system to …

Google Assistant may be testing out new visual overview

While the Updates feed of your Google Assistant, which replaced the dearly departed Google Now, is pretty useful if you need an overview of your Google activities, there is always room for improvement. It looks like Google may be testing out a redesign of that feed which will see it …

Google Assistant Continued Conversation coming to smartphones

This one isn’t exactly new but Continued Conversation is coming to smartphones. This special Google Assistant feature will soon roll out in Android phones after making it available on Smart Displays and other Google smart home devices earlier this year. No need to shout “Ok Google” for every command. You …

Security research company was able to “hack” Alexa, Google Assistant

There are several concerns over privacy and security when it comes to smart speakers that are always on in our houses and offices. A group of Berlin-based security researches have tried to prove that both Amazon and Google are vulnerable to breaches that will affect their smart speakers and users. …

New Google Asssistant needs you to turn on gesture navigation

One of the things that Google is hyping up about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is that it will launch with a “faster and more powerful” Google Assistant. It will have local speech processing as well as seamless multitasking among apps and an easier way of managing your …

New Google Assistant may be coming to three other countries soon

It’s not really surprising that Google said its next generation Google Assistant will be launching first in the US on the Pixel 4. But it looks like three other countries may be getting it sooner rather than later as well. Canada, the United Kingdom, and Singapore may also be getting …

Action Blocks allows people with disabilities to communicate

The Android team keeps on improving the ecosystem. There are several updates lined up and we’re hoping we can keep track of all of them especially the more important ones. The mobile platform is relatively easy to navigate but there are people who need more help. Those with cognitive disabilities …

Google now testing Duplex-powered Assistant for movie ticket booking

If you’ve ever used the Google Assistant to help you make bookings in restaurants and hair salons without having to actually talk to a real person, then you know how useful (or useless, depending on your experience) it is. During the I/O conference, they mentioned that they will be expanding …

Xbox One now supports Google Assistant through smart speaker, display

When you’re very much immersed in the game you’re playing on your console, you sometimes need to do something else but you can’t stop. You probably wish someone else can help you with multi-tasking or something. Now Xbox users that are connected to a smart speaker or smart display will …

Google Assistant support rolling out to more Chrome OS devices

While Google Assistant has been present in selected Chromebooks for a couple of years now, it was mostly available on Pixelbook and Pixel Slate devices. But now it looks like even those non-Made by Google devices running on Chrome OS will also be able to enjoy the powers of Google’s …

Waze’s Google Assistant integration finally more widely available

Even though Google has owned Waze for the past five years, integration with Google Assistant only happened recently and wasn’t as widely available as some people hoped. But that’s all about to change as they have announced you can “Hey Google” your way through your entire drive. The integration is …

Google Assistant details privacy improvements on audio recordings

Because of the backlash that some of the biggest tech brands are facing over privacy violations with their digital voice assistants, these companies are now scrambling to save their reputation. Google immediately (but temporarily) suspended the human review of audio recordings while trying to fix their policies and procedures first. …

Google Assistant launches new voices in nine new countries

English users of Google Assistant already have several voices to choose from (11 to be exact, including John Legend). But of course, we would want the rest of the world to also have choices in their own, native languages. It’s not an easy task of course but the tech giant …

Google Assistant Routines starts implementing Material Design

The Google Assistant app is getting a bit of a redesign. The Routines page now implements the Material Theme. Some users may already see the changes on their app so feel free to check yourselves if the updates are available. The Routines interface has been enhanced with a more user-friendly …

Google Home app update lets you call smart displays

There is no announcement from Google, at least, nothing major but the Google Home app has received an important change. A new button is found on the app that allows users to call their smart display. Inside the Google Home mobile app, you will see a new button for video …

Google Assistant-powered Nest Hub Max finally available for $229

The old adage that bigger is better doesn’t always apply to gadgets. But when it comes to the bigger version of the Nest Hub called the Nest Hub Max, this might actually be true. The 10-inch smart display obviously looks better and bigger and Google has brought much improvement into …