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Seems Google couldn’t wait until Thursday to announce all of its upcoming hardware. In a pair of blog posts this morning, the company announced two additions to its Nest line…

Google debuts a new Nest Doorbell, faster Wi-Fi router and redesigned Home app

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The best (and weirdest) future car tech at CES 2022

Another virtual year at CES 2022 is in the bag for TechCrunch, and even though we attended the event remotely, one thing in the vehicle space was made abundantly clear: Your car is about so much more than mobility. In fact, if you think a vehicle is about getting you from point A to point…

1:23 pm PST • January 7, 2022
The best (and weirdest) future car tech at CES 2022

Google unveiled Wednesday at CES 2022 a range of new ways to keep its Android devices connected — and that includes cars. As more vehicles go electric and automakers evolve…

Google Home, YouTube integrate with Volvo Cars

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Nest Audio review

The Nest Audio is a surprisingly hefty thing. It’s compact, but dense, packing a lot into a footprint not much taller than an iPhone. At 2.65 pounds, it’s 2.5x the weight of the original Home. It’s clear that, above all, Google was interested in offering up something premium, in spite of a quite reasonable $99…

5:00 am PDT • October 5, 2020
Nest Audio review

Hardware season is in full swing. Apple’s big Watch event kicks off tomorrow and Samsung is readying itself for a third (!) Unpacked event on September 23. Now Google’s getting…

Google will announce a new Pixel, smart speaker and Chromecast September 30

Amazon’s dominant position in the U.S. smart speaker market will continue through this year and the next, with rivals like Google and Apple only making slight dents in Amazon Echo…

Nearly 70% of US smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices

Led by Amazon’s Alexa, smart speakers’ install base is expected to reach 200 million units worldwide by 2020. A quarter of Americans over the age of 12 own a smart…

Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments

Google is about to unveil its new smartphone lineup, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. And if you’re an Android fan, you know that the Pixel is one of…

Watch Google unveil the Pixel 4 live right here

Google today announced a small but nifty feature for the Google Assistant and its smart home devices that makes it easier for you to take your music and videos with…

Google makes moving music and videos between speakers and screens easier

The global smart speaker market grew 55.4% in the second quarter to reach 26.1 million shipments, according to a new report from Canalys. Amazon continued to lead the race, accounting…

Google falls to third place in worldwide smart speaker market

Google announced this morning via blog post that it has partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to give away 100,000 Home Mini units to people living with paralysis.…

Google is giving away 100,000 Home Minis to people living with paralysis

Google has responded to a report this week from Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS, which revealed that contractors were given access to Google Assistant voice recordings, including those which contained…

Google is investigating the source of voice data leak, plans to update its privacy policies

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…

Google launches new Assistant developer tools

Alphabet’s Q1 earnings were a disappointment for Wall Street, courtesy primarily of ad revenue shortcomings. The hardware team met with some difficulties, as well, owing in part to a stagnating…

Alphabet cites ‘headwinds’ in smartphone sales, teases I/O hardware announcement

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…

YouTube Music is now free with ads on Google Home devices

Maybe you love the sound of your alarm clock blaring in the morning, heralding a new day full of joy and adventure. More likely, though, you don’t. If you prefer…

Google Home’s Philips Hue integration can now wake you up gently

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Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

The Echo Link takes streaming music and makes it sound better. Just wirelessly connect it to an Echo device and plug it into a set of nice speakers. It’s the missing link. The Link bridges the gap between streaming music and a nice audio system. Instead of settling for the analog connection of an Echo…

6:00 am PDT • April 10, 2019
Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

Google said there’s absolutely, positively nothing to worry about the secret microphone in your Nest Secure smart home hub that it didn’t tell you about. Nope, not at all. Just…

Google says Nest’s secret microphone was ‘never intended to be a secret’

Just last month, Google showed off an “Interpreter mode” that would let Google Home devices act as an on-the-fly translator. One person speaks one language, the other person speaks another,…

Google Home can now translate conversations on-the-fly

Smart speakers had a good holiday. Amazon already said its Echo Dot outsold all other items on its site this holiday season, which hinted toward the sizable growth for the…

Report: Smart speaker adoption in US reaches 66M units, with Amazon leading

What do you get when you put one internet-connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite’”…

Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable ‘parasite’

Google cans the Chromecast Audio

11:24 am PST • January 11, 2019

The Chromecast Audio is no more. Google has decided to stop manufacturing the audio dongle that allowed you to add any “dumb” speaker to your Google Cast setup. If you still…

Google cans the Chromecast Audio

Google is making it easier for device manufacturers to integrate with Google Assistant technology, including those times when devices need to respond to voice commands without the benefit — or…

Google woos smart home device makers with launch of Google Assistant Connect

More than 100 million devices with Amazon’s Alexa assistant pre-installed have been sold, the company said Friday. The new metric, revealed by Amazon devices SVP Dave Limp in an interview…

More than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold

We already know Alexa had a good Christmas — the app shot to the top of the App Store over the holidays, and the Alexa service even briefly crashed from…

Smart speakers hit critical mass in 2018

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The best and worst gadgets of 2018

There were countless gadgets released in 2018. It’s the end of the year, so Brian and I rounded up the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Some where great! Like the Oculus Go. Or the Google Home Hub. But some were junk, like the revived Palm or PlayStation Classic. CES 2019…

7:10 am PST • December 21, 2018
The best and worst gadgets of 2018

Getting news in the morning has long been my most used feature on Google Assistant. Asking Home “what’s in the news” brings up a quick flash briefing from a handful…

Google partners with media outlets to provide on-demand news audio

Is barking orders at our AI-powered voice assistants turning us into jerks? Are our kids growing accustomed to commanding the Google Homes and Siris of the world to turn on…

Google Assistant will now be nicer if you say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’

Security advocate Jerry Gamblin has posted a set of instructions — essentially basic lines of XML — that can easily pull important information off the Google Home Hub and, in…

Google’s Home Hub can be bricked with one line of code

Today’s kids are too young to remember Disney’s read-along books and records, which combined narration and sounds with physical books to make reading more entertaining. But they may have laid…

Google and Disney launch interactive Little Golden Books that work with Google Home