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  • Target expands partnership with Google on voice shopping, Google Express

    Target expands partnership with Google on voice shopping, Google Express

    Target announced today an expanded partnership with Google that, among other things, will allow consumers to shop Target across the U.S. via Google Express, including by voice. The deal will also see the two companies working together more closely in the future in a number of areas, including the integration of Target’s own payment card, REDcard, into Google’s shopping platform. Read More

  • Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

    Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

    The smart home assistant race has been building to a fever pitch over the course of the last couple of years. Things really came to head this past two weeks, when Amazon, Google and Sonos all held big events highlighting their latest smart speaker plays, making the already busy field a heck of a lot more crowded. The burgeoning category can be a tough one to navigate. A lot of picking the… Read More

  • 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

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