Tag: Google Assistant

AI Weekly: Why Google still needs the cloud even with on-device ML

Google held its big annual hardware event Tuesday in New York to unveil the Pixel 4, Nest Mini, Pixelbook Go, Nest Wifi, and Pixel Buds. It was mostly predictable because details about virtually every piece of hardware the company revealed at the event were leaked months in advance, but if Google’s biggest hardware event of […]

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Everything announced at the Made by Google 2019 event

At its annual hardware event in New York yesterday, Google lifted the lid on a host of new hardware, as well as some new software smarts. Here’s a quick recap of everything announced at the 2019 Made by Google event. Pixel 4 Pretty much as expected, Google unveiled a duo of new smartphones, and the […]

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The New Nest Mini Offers Up Better Sound In A Smaller Package

When Google initially launched the Google Home Mini, it seemed like it was Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Dot. It was basically a smaller and cheaper version of the Google Home for those who did not need a full sounding speaker, but preferred the functionality of the built-in Google Assistant. Advertising However, Google is changing […]

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Next-gen Google Assistant works in near real time, offers speech transcription

A faster, near real-time Google Assistant made its debut at a hardware event held today in New York, where the flagship Pixel 4 smartphone was also debuted. The next-generation Google Assistant can be used to open apps and deliver automated speech transcription from voice recordings, as well as using multi-turn dialogue to respond to multiple […]

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Google debuts Nest Mini with wall mount and dedicated ML chip

Google Nest today introduced the second-generation version of Nest Mini, its smallest and most popular smart speaker. The Nest Home Mini comes with a wall mount, better bass, and a dedicated machine learning chip so machine learning can run locally on device. The speaker will cost $49 and goes on sale October 22 in 23 […]

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Google unveils Nest Wifi Router and Nest Wifi Point with Google Assistant

If you’re in the market for a new router, good news: Google just announced a replacement for its long-in-the-tooth Google Wifi. The new Nest Wifi Router and Nest Wifi Point, which debuted at an event in New York City this morning, are a mesh-capable wireless router and beacon set meant to compete with Amazon’s Eero, […]

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Pixel Buds with hands-free Google Assistant will arrive in 2020

Google today released the second-generation version of Pixel Buds, earbuds with a dedicated chip for on-device machine learning that gets rid of the string that held the first generation earbuds together. The device is made to allow environmental ambient sound and uses adaptive sound to adjust volume based on your environment so it may go […]

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Google unveils Pixelbook Go for $649

Google announced the Pixelbook Go this morning at the Made by Google event in New York City, a follow-up to the original Pixelbook that’s improved in nearly every respect. Among the highlights are an all-metal body with a premium finish and Intel processors under the hood, plus a screen up to 4K in resolution complemented […]

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How to watch the Made by Google 2019 stream

It’s that time of year again. The Made by Google 2019 event kicks off at 10 a.m. Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific) today in the heart of New York City, marking only the second time the company has hosted a product briefing of this scale outside of the Bay Area. And thanks to countless leaks, it […]

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Issa Rae Has Lent Her Voice to Google Assistant. Yes, You Can Ask Her About Lawrence

Issa Rae as Google Assistant cameo voicePhoto: Courtesy of Google Siri has an awkward black counterpart. Google has announced Issa Rae as the new cameo voice of Google Assistant, following in the footsteps of John Legend. The new feature is available on any device with Google Assistant, including Google Home speakers, Smart Displays and on […]

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Google’s Action Blocks are shortcuts for building Google Assistant commands

Touchscreens and swipe gestures pose a challenge for the roughly 630 million people in the world with a cognitive disability. Executing tasks requires coordinated motor movements that some with disabilities aren’t reliably able to make. And it usually involves recalling of some piece of information (like an address or a phone number), a step those […]

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Marshall Major III Headphones Updated With Google Assistant

Marshall, a brand that musicians might be familiar with when it comes to guitar and bass amplifiers, has started making more commercially available audio products in the past few years. This include Bluetooth speakers, which have been very well received, and also headphones that are also doing pretty well. Advertising One of the company’s headphones, […]

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Google Assistant Starts Rolling Out To More Chromebooks

Google Assistant is Google’s digital assistant software that can typically be found on its Android smartphones, although in the past few years, we’ve seen it expanded to smart speakers. It even made its way to Chromebook devices made by Google, such as the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, and the good news is that Google has […]

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Google Assistant can now launch games, capture screenshots, and more on Xbox One

Add the Xbox One to the long list of things Google Assistant can control. This morning, Microsoft and Google jointly announced the Xbox Action, which enables console owners of any Assistant-enabled smart speaker, smart display, or mobile device (iOS or Android) to launch games, automatically queue up and load apps, and more with their voice. […]

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Google Assistant no longer saves voice recordings by default

Google Assistant no longer stores recordings of user’s voices by default, Google announced today. VentureBeat reached out to Google for clarification on when it changed its policy to store voice recordings. Now people who interact with Google Assistant will have to opt-in with the new Voice & Audio Activity (VAA) program when setting up their […]

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Google Assistant adds 9 new AI-generated voices

Google Assistant can talk and sing like John Legend in the U.S., and it’s conversant in over 30 languages in 80 countries (up from 8 languages and 14 countries in 2017). But in the years since its international launch, Google’s AI interlocutor hasn’t been able to switch between more than one voice outside of the […]

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Google Nest Hub Max review: Bringing facial recognition into our homes

Google Nest’s latest smart display with Google Assistant hits store shelves today in the United States. The $229 device with a 10-inch screen uses AI to automate video call framing, responds to hand gestures to pause or play music, and can act as a home security camera, but the only real question you need to […]

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