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Google partners with Reese’s Book Club for a unique, hands-free reading experience

Google has partnered with Reese's Book Club to bring a unique reading experience to Google Assistant-powered devices. This new experience will give users access to Reese Witherspoon's monthly book picks, exclusive commentary about each book, and even personalized book recommendations. To try this new feature, say "Hey Google, read with Reese's Book Club" on your Assistant-enabled...

Check your Google Assistant: You may get a discount on the Google Home Mini

Google must have found another warehouse full of the Home Mini, because it is once again offering a steep discount on the personal assistant speaker. Many users on Reddit and Twitter have discovered that a new ad popup is appearing when the Google Assistant is triggered on their phones, as seen below. It offers a discount...

You can finally launch Assistant Driving Mode without starting navigation

Google first announced Assistant Driving Mode over two years ago at I/O 2019, but it wasn't until late last year that the company actually began rolling out the feature to users. Although initially available in the U.S., the Assistant Driving Mode eventually rolled out to more markets this year, including India, Australia, Canada, and the...

EU is reportedly investigating if Google Assistant is being forced on Android phones

The European Commission is reportedly investigating whether or not Google is forcing Android device makers to ship Google Assistant on smartphones. According to a report from MLex (via Reuters), EU regulators have asked multiple unnamed device makers to provide evidence that they have been forced by Google to make Google Assistant the default voice assistant service...

Google Assistant’s quick phrases will let you ditch the “Hey Google” hotword

Back in April, a mysterious "voice shortcuts" page popped up for some users in Google Assistant’s settings page. The page directed users to internal Google documentation for a feature code-named guacamole. A few months later in June, we learned that that the feature would be called "quick phrases" and allow users to ditch the "Hey...

Google Assistant’s new daylong routine lets you trigger actions at different times of day

After rolling out the ability to add a delay to Google Assistant routines for select users, Google is now adding a new option to routines to let users trigger multiple actions throughout the day. When you create a routine from the Google Assistant settings or the Google Home app, you’ll see a new “Want to schedule...

You may soon be able to add a delay to Google Assistant routines

If you're a frequent Google Assistant user, you would be aware of all the different things you can do apart from just asking the assistant basic questions. One of these functions is custom routines. Routines allow you to set fixed instructions to trigger a particular event when certain conditions are met. While the ability to...

Google is killing off Android Auto for phone screens on Android 12

Google launched Android Auto back in 2014 as a way for smartphones to interface with car stereos. When your phone is connected to a compatible car stereo, it projects a car-optimized launcher with quick access to select multimedia and navigation apps suitable for use when driving. In late 2016, Google launched a new way to...

Google expands its hotel solutions system to LEGOLAND hotels

In August last year, Google partnered with several hotels across the US and UK to offer guests a Nest Hub smart display in their rooms. The company also introduced support for new hotel-specific commands to help guests get access to common service requests. Now, Google is expanding its hotel solutions system to LEGOLAND hotels in...

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...