Tag: Google Assistant

Google Assistant now predicts flight delays

Just in time for the holidays, Google is rolling out new tools to keep your cross-country flights stress-free — or as stress-free as they can be. The Mountain View company today announced proactive flight notifications from the Google Assistant and in Google Flights, its online flight booking search service, plus more detailed fare breakdowns, search […]

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Google Assistant Will Now Read Out News Personalized To You

For a while now Google News has been offering up personalized content to users, where based on the topics that you’ve indicated you’re interested in, it will show you content that it thinks is relevant to what you would expect from the news. Now it looks like that personalization is spilling over to Google Assistant. […]

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Google Assistant will prioritize briefs over longform audio news

Despite new features coming virtually every week for Google Assistant and Alexa, the most popular ways people use AI assistants are fairly consistent: to play music, set timers, check the weather, and hear the news. And how assistants share the news is changing. Google announced today a new project and format for listening to the news. […]

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How Kayak is pioneering AI-powered voice assistant innovation (VB Live)

With AI-powered voice assistants taking over homes and phones, it’s time to not just keep up with customer expectations, but figure out how to exceed them. For voice chat use cases like Kayak’s integrated assistant, how to leverage voice and bots for amaze-and-delight experiences right now, and what’s next, don’t miss this VB Live event! […]

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Google Assistant gets photo-sharing with voice, to-do lists, and new kids’ stories

Google Assistant and its Home speakers are getting smarter ahead of the holiday season with the launch of new features like the ability to create and manage to-do lists, teach kids manners, and share photos with your voice. The ability to create to-do lists will only be available for Assistant iOS and Android app users, […]

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Amazon Echo or Google Home: Which smart speaker is right for you?

If you’re in the market for a small speaker, you can go for an Apple HomePod with Siri inside or this $2,250 Bang and Olufsen deal, but if you’re looking for the most value, top features, and a solution that lets you spread music throughout your home, you only really have Amazon’s Echo speakers and […]

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ProBeat: We can’t get over how human Google Duplex sounds

Watch the above video. Then watch it again, but close your eyes. Listen carefully to the voice making a restaurant reservation. Duplex — Google’s artificially intelligent chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone — has started rolling out to a “small group” of Google Pixel phone owners in select cities (Atlanta, New York […]

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Google Chromecast can now sync music with Home speakers

Google Home speakers and Chromecasts can now be included in a Home audio group for music, podcasts, or audiobooks, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. That means you can play a song on Spotify, iHeartRadio, or other streaming music services both through your television and through Home speakers anywhere in your house. Support […]

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LG Xboom WK9 review: Boomy bass can’t make up for Google Smart Display shortcomings

Facebook’s Portal. Amazon’s Echo Show. Smart displays — tablet-like touchscreen devices with built-in voice assistants — aren’t exactly on the cusp of ubiquity, but they’re following in the market footsteps of the Echo and Google Home. At least, that’s what manufacturers seem to be hoping. Facebook and Amazon chose to adopt an in-house approach — […]

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Google Assistant can now set Nickelodeon character alarms and reply to broadcast messages

Google Assistant is now able to set alarms with characters from Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so you can say “Hey Google, set a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alarm for 8:00 PM.”  Lego City, Lego Life, and Lego Friends alarms are also available and Spin Master Hatichmal alarms will be introduced by the […]

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Google Assistant New Features for the Holidays

Google Assistant launched at Google I/O 2016 as the software for Google Home, the nemesis of Amazon Echo and its voice operated software Alexa. Since that day, countless new Google Assistant features and new compatible devices have been released. Today, Google Assistant is rolling out new features for the holidays, some will be available immediately […]

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How smart companies use voice and bots to get and keep more customers

AI voice assistants are more capable than ever of helping consumers shop smart. That means your marketing efforts will have to shift priorities in a major way to capture their attention. To hear about actual voice chat use cases, how to leverage voice and bots right now and more, don’t miss this VB Live event! […]

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You can now unlock August Smart Lock with your voice

Unlatching the front door hands-free just got easier — if you have an August internet-connected deadbolt, that is. Today, the San Francisco company announced enhanced Google Assistant integration for the August Smart Lock, alongside Amazon Alexa and IFTTT-powered features for the August Doorbell Cam Pro. First up is hands-free door unlocking. Starting this week, after you […]

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