The Google I/O developer conference wrapped up last week with a bunch of new products and features announced. For those, like me, who didn't get there this year, Google has conveniently prepared a list of 100 things they announced at the event. I've scanned the list and think these are the ten biggest.
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What I hated about being woken up by my newborn in the middle of the night — aside from, you know, being woken up by my newborn in the middle of the night — was learning what time it was.
Hearing his cry for the third or fourth time since putting him down and then groggily opening my eyes to discover that it was only 11 p.m. left me sad and frustrated, making it difficult to go back to sleep. I suppose I didn’t need to know the time, but I liked having a general idea of whether his sleep stretches were getting longer or shorter (oh, please not shorter), and I needed a clock to gather that information. That’s when I realised my Google Home could help.
Google Assistant is everywhere. From Android handsets, to hundreds of smart home accessories including Google Home, it's becoming embedded in our workplaces and abodes. But how do you get the most from Google Assistant? Here are our top ten 10 tips, hacks and tricks for a better experience with Google Assistant.
If you picked up a Google Home recently, you may be wondering what it's good for besides checking the weather and playing music. Google's smart speakers may not boast as many third-party skills as Amazon's Alexa, but there's still a ton you can do.
Earlier in the week, Google announced that the Google Assistant received a significant update that allowed you to automate a number of tasks when your morning alarm goes off. Here's how to make that work.
Google Assistant has been given an update, linking it with Android's Clock app. Now, when your morning alarm goes off, it can trigger events such as telling you about the weather and traffic for the commute to work, turning on your coffee maker and lights, playing the news and anything else you need to kick start your day.
Waking up to an alarm clock, even your smartphone, almost feels like an ancient practice at this point. If you’ve bought into the smart speaker craze — mainly, one of the Google or Amazon speakers, or Apple’s wood-staining HomePod — then you have so many more options for getting yourself ready for the day than the annoying braaap-braaaap-braaaaap of an alarm.
‘Tis the season for commercials featuring your favourite smart home speaker showing off what it can do—which means you may have experienced your Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri responding to questions that come from your TV. And it’s annoying to have to shout, “Hey Google, stop,” or the equivalent phrase for your smart speaker, every time this happens.
One of the most convenient features Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 owners enjoy, call screening, is getting an important upgrade. By the end of the year, your device will be able to save the call transcriptions it creates when dealing with suspected spam calls (or calls you choose to screen manually). And if you don’t want to wait, you can beta test the feature right now.
While Apple and Google play well together in some areas - such as the multi-billion deal that makes Google the default search on iOS - they are on less friendly terms in others. Apple and Google, and a few others, are locked in a pitched battle to dominate automation through smart assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Google's platform. But an update to the iOS version of Google's Asistant proves that where there's a will, there's a way to bring enemies together.
Google Assistant is likely to become as pervasive for general computer use as the company's search tool as it endeavours to embed its products and services into every aspect of our lives and work. Over the years, Google has launched and dropped numerous services, but the Google Assistant could become the glue that ties them all together.
As Google Assistant is now part of a number of different products, ranging from the Google Home Hub to third-party headphones and almost every Android and iOS device, it is likely to become the gateway we all depend on. Here's everything you need to know.