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  • The Pixel 2/Home Mini bundle is a big deal for Google Assistant

    The Pixel 2/Home Mini bundle is a big deal for Google Assistant

    Today’s Google event was a non-stop two hour deluge of Assistant news. Yet one small, overlooked announcement may have been the biggest bit boost to the company’s burgeoning AI ecosystem so far. The simple decision to include a Home Mini in early Pixel 2 shipments could prove a more successful method for spreading the Assistant gospel than anything Google has done to this point. Read More

  • Here’s everything Google announced today

    Google held a press conference today in San Francisco, where the company announced everything from new phones to crazy machine learning-powered wearable cameras. It was a flurry of news. Don’t have time to catch up with all of it? We get it — that’s why we condensed it all down into one quick slideshow just focusing on the highlights. Tap that right arrow to advance to the… Read More

  • Google is making Home better for families and kids

    Google is making Home better for families and kids

    Google is bringing new features to Google Home so that kids and families can get more out of it. The device will have some new kid-friendly features that brings story time and gaming to the device. Thanks to a new partnership with Disney, kids can enjoy some of the company’s IP branding from Lightning McQueen to Star Wars. The company is also working with partners like Warner Brothers… Read More

  • Say hello to the Home Mini, Google’s $49 answer to the Amazon Echo Dot

    Say hello to the Home Mini, Google’s $49 answer to the Amazon Echo Dot

    To the surprise of no one, Google today announced a smaller version of its Google Home smart speaker. The Google Home Mini looks like a small hockey puck and will retail for $50. At this size and price, you can’t expect great audio quality, but in return you get access to all the wisdom of the Google Assistant in a small package that weighs less than a pound and doesn’t break… Read More

  • Will Google Home finally break out of Amazon Echo’s shadow?

    Will Google Home finally break out of Amazon Echo’s shadow?

    Last week, Amazon went on the offensive. It was a sort an Operation Shock and Awe of Echos, bringing the total line up to six devices — seven, if you count the Tap (which Amazon kind of, sort of does). The Seattle event was an aggressive show of dominance from a company that has essentially controlled the home assistant space since the release of the first device in late 2014. For the… Read More

  • Google is building a smart screen competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show

    Google is building a smart screen competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show

    Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Google is building a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will compete with Amazon’s Echo Show. The device could help Google keep up in the race for the smart home market after Amazon just revealed a slew of new Echos and as Facebook continues to work on its codename “Aloha” video calling screen. Two sources confirm… Read More

  • Google Assistant turns Nvidia Shield TV into a hands-free smart device

    Google Assistant turns Nvidia Shield TV into a hands-free smart device

    Nvidia Shield TV, the Android TV-powered smart TV streaming box that offers 4K and more, now also includes built-in support for Google Assistant. Nvidia’s integration of Google Assistant was first revealed way back in January, but the feature was announced as something that would be coming later. Now it’s arriving to Shield devices courtesy of Nvidia’s 6.0 software… Read More

  • Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

    Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

    If you believe the hype, homes in the US are already lousy with speakers containing embodied AI — the most high profile being Amazon’s Echo, in its various incarnations, whose Alexa voice assistant can be commanded to do things like play music, answer trivia questions or tap into third party apps. But the truth is… Read More

  • Walmart and Google partner on voice-based shopping

    Walmart and Google partner on voice-based shopping

    Walmart and Google are today announcing a new partnership that will enable voice shopping through Google Assistant, Google’s virtual assistant that lives on devices like its smart speaker, Google Home. Specifically, consumers will now be able to take advantage of Walmart’s “Easy Reorder” feature through an integration with Google’s shopping service, Google Express. Read More

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