GOOGLE ASSISTANT Posts on XDA

You don’t need to grab your phone to edit some Google Assistant features

Google Assistant and Alexa are two of the best voice assistants out there. When it comes to answering queries and holding conversations, you’ll find that Google Assistant is much better than most voice assistants out there. On the other hand, Alexa excels at smart home integration and wider availability that stretches beyond smartphones. Since Alexa...

Google Workspace users can finally use Assistant on smart displays and speakers

Google Workspace accounts are great for users within a company as they give you most of the benefits of having a Google account applied within your company's specific context, but trying to use one as a regular Google account yields some interesting results. While they're technically just another Google account, it's weirdly crippled in some...

XDA Basics: How to open Google Assistant on Android

Google Assistant is arguably one of the best digital assistants available. It allows users to do a lot of things by just using their voice, and its feature-set keeps on increasing every year. In this guide, we’ll tell you about all the different ways you can open Google Assistant on Android quickly. Before we start, it's...

Google Assistant’s latest test makes it easier to scan or read the current screen aloud

The Google Assistant can do many different things, including many things users aren't even aware of. Educating users about new features is one of the biggest hurdles facing any company, and it's even harder for Google given the sheer number of things that the Google Assistant is capable of. That's why we constantly see A/B...

“Live Space” could be a big upgrade to Google’s “At a Glance” widget

Google's "At a Glance" widget shows you the current date/time and weather information, but it can also show you upcoming calendar events, flights, commute reminders, regular reminders, or weather alerts. The widget is baked into the Google App and is persistently shown on the Pixel Launcher with no option to turn it off. However, we've...

Sonos demands action against Google to force voice interoperability on smart speakers

Eddie Lazarus, Chief Legal Officer at Sonos, has demanded legislative action against Amazon and Google to force voice interoperability between Alexa and the Google Assistant. Sonos has developed a technology that allows the concurrent use of multiple voice assistants. This means that you would be able to call the Google Assistant in one sentence and...

Google Assistant prepares to add quick phrases and dynamic shortcuts

Google is rolling out version 12.22.5 of the Google App today, and it confirms development of two new features we're expecting to land soon in Google Assistant. Quick phrases Back in April, a mysterious "voice shortcuts" page appeared for many users in Google Assistant's settings. The page linked users to internal Google documentation for a feature code-named...

Pixel Feature Drop adds new features to Google Camera, Google Photos, and more

Once every 3 months, Google releases a "Pixel Feature Drop" update that adds tons of new exclusive features on Pixel phones. The last update rolled out in March, meaning we're due a big update today. Right on schedule, Google has released a new Pixel Feature Drop update alongside the June 2021 Android Security Bulletin. In today's...

Latest update for Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 brings audible Google responses

Owners of Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 are in for a treat. A new FitbitOS update is now rolling out to your device, packed with many new features and improvements. Among other things, the latest update makes it easier to access your SpO2 data, adds high and low heart rate notifications, enables audible Google responses,...

Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential has Google Assistant and only costs $30 right now

Lenovo released the Smart Clock Essential last year as a digital alarm clock with Google Assistant (and some other smart functionality) built in. The original $49 MSRP was a bit on the steep side, especially considering the more feature-packed Lenovo Smart Clock was often on sale for the same price, but now the new model...

Google Assistant prepares to proactively show results for “what’s on my screen”

Google Assistant can be summoned by either voice or by long-pressing the home button. But as many of you will recall, before Google Assistant was even a thing, the long-press home action belonged to Google Now on Tap, a feature that scanned what was on your screen and provided contextual information. It was surprisingly accurate...

How to enable “Hold for Assistant” gesture from Android 12 on older versions

Google's big (virtual) I/O developer conference was held last week, and at the show, we were given teasers for all the new services and features that the Mountain View company is working on. The most exciting announcement for us was the big reveal of Android 12, and while the first beta release was missing a...