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You can now use Google Assistant’s spoken notifications with any wired headphone

One of the coolest things about using Google Assistant with headphones is the AI supports spoken notifications. It's a great feature to have when your hands aren't free or you simply don't want to look at your phone. Unfortunately, the feature only works with certain headphones, including the wireless Pixel Buds from Google. That appears to...

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For many years, intelligent virtual assistants were largely viewed as science fiction. This perception changed significantly when internet giants such as Amazon and Google introduced their smart speakers. These smart speakers powered by Amazon's and Google's virtual assistants — Alexa and Google Assistant — have justifiably become personal aides for millions of users. Whether you...

Google Assistant adds wellness data from third-party services

Tracking wellness has taken on all new meaning in the year 2020. Not only do we need to be mindful of COVID-19, but mental and physical health are more important than ever with lockdown restrictions in place. To help people stay informed, Google Assistant is now providing users with wellness data from third-party services. According to...

You can now schedule Google Assistant commands for smart lights

At CES 2020 in January this year, Google announced a couple of new features for the Google Assistant. These included a new Scheduled Actions feature that would allow users to ask the Assistant to turn on/off or start/stop a compatible smart device at any time of their choosing. The feature has finally started rolling out...

Fitbit Versa 3, Sense get Google Assistant support with Fitbit OS 5.1 update

Fitbit has announced Google Assistant will roll out on select devices as part of its next firmware update. The fitness tracker firm, which is expected to complete a takeover from Google by year-end, will be bringing the voice assistant to the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 when they are upgraded to Fitbit OS 5.1,...

Google Assistant and Google Fi get new family management tools in time for the holidays

Your holidays will probably look a lot different this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But just because your plans are different doesn’t mean they have to be hard. To help keep parents sane over the holidays, Google has introduced new management tools for Google Assistant and Google Fi. Many of the new Google Assistant functions...

Google Maps adds a new driving mode and food delivery alerts

Google Maps has just gotten a whole lot more useful, thanks to a string of newly announced features for this most unique of holiday seasons. With Diwali barely over and Thanksgiving just over a week away, it's easy to forget that the holiday season isn’t just round the corner, for many of us, it’s already...

Android Auto 5.8 prepares to let you change the wallpaper and tests Google Assistant shortcuts

Android Auto currently doesn't allow users to change the system’s wallpaper, and the only way to do so is to have root access. That’s not exactly the most accessible solution for most users, which is why we’re happy to report there will soon be a much easier way.According to new strings in Android Auto version...

Google Nest Audio review: A powerful choice to embrace the Assistant ecosystem

Back in 2016 at its I/O developer conference, Google introduced the Google Assistant alongside the original Google Home smart speaker. At the time, Google Assistant was perceived as Google Now 2.0, a virtual assistant that adopted a conversational approach to search backed by Google's artificial intelligence and machine learning. Fast forward to 2020, and Google...

Google supported calls from smart speakers to be axed in the UK

If you like to make Google supported calls from your smart speaker or smart display, and you live in the UK, we have some bad news: Google is pulling the feature before the New Year. On its support page (via AndroidPolice), Google has quietly updated its policies, saying the feature is set to go away by...

New Google Assistant’s keyboard dictation is starting to roll out for some

Last year, Google detailed a new Google Assistant, which included an improved keyboard dictation feature that promised to offer a more advanced way to communicate with your voice. After the feature showed up in app teardowns, it finally looks like a stable version is ready for the public. XDA Recognized Developer argraur sent us a tip...

Lenovo Smart Tab range has ambient display crippled ‘by Google App’

Lenovo Smart Tab users are awaiting a fix for one of the range’s unique features after a Google app update crippled it. The Smart Tab series is a range of tablets which, when docked in their charging stand, use Android’s Ambient Display to double up as a Google Assistant client similar to Google Nest Hub,...