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Android 11’s power menu device controls finally bring the phone into the smart home

Android 11 Beta 1 was released this week and it includes a bevy of great features. One that has stuck out to me ever since we first spotted it in earlier Developer Previews is the Device Controls in the Power Menu. As someone who has invested in smart home devices, this is a very exciting...

Google brings more Assistant features to Sonos and Bose smart speakers

When most people think about Google Assistant smart speakers and displays, they think of Google's own devices. There's no question that Google's Nest Mini and Nest Hub are hot-sellers, but there are also many non-Google-made Assistant devices out there as well. These devices have typically lagged a bit behind in getting the same features as...

Google Home is the first app to support Android 11’s new Device Controls feature

Google released the first Android 11 developer preview in February and one of the new features we noticed was the "Controls API." The API allows developers to put home automation shortcuts in the power menu. We were able to get these "Quick Controls" partially working in Android 11 DP2, but in DP4 the feature was...

Android TV devices can now be added to speaker groups in the Google Home app

The Google Cast protocol is one of Google's most useful services as it enables you to quickly play music, videos, podcasts, and more on your compatible smart speaker, smart display, TV, and more devices after finding the content you want to play on your Android device. Android TV devices are compatible with Google Cast, and...

Google Home app may soon let you set a separate volume level for the Google Assistant

Google Home and Google Nest devices are more than just smart speakers and displays. They also serve as hubs where you can communicate with the Google Assistant and control your home to have them help you throughout the day. But one longstanding issue with these devices is the fact that the volume for spoken Assistant...

[Update: Official] Google is rolling out “Hey Google” sensitivity controls for Google Assistant devices

While Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and smart displays can be really useful for simple tasks like setting an alarm, checking the weather, or controlling your smart home devices, they still have a long way to go when it comes to nailing speech recognition. I'm sure many of you have faced issues getting your Google Assistant...

Google Home 2.19.1.18 adds Nest Cam events in Feed, better Lighting shortcuts, and more

Google Home 2.19.1.18 is rolling out right now on the Google Play Store. I received the update an hour ago on my Pixel 4, though the Play Store changelog hasn't been updated for me yet. Here's the changelog from the Apple App Store for the same version: "Improved support for quickly turning your lights on and...

Pixel Stand 1.4 prepares to add a shortcut to the Google Home app

The original Pixel and the Pixel 2 were heavily criticized for their lack of wireless charging. Google finally got around to adding the feature in the Pixel 3, as well as releasing their own wireless charger, the aptly named Pixel Stand. For quite some time, it was the only charger capable of doing 10W fast...

Google Assistant adds a curated news playlist called “Your News Update”

Google Assistant has had several different methods for reciting news over the years. You can set up a Routine that includes a rundown of news stories or simply ask for news about a specific topic or from a particular publication. Google is now introducing a new service for Google Assistant called "Your News Update" that...

Google Home 2.15 rolls out with new UI and features announced at ‘Made by Google 2019’

The Google Pixel 4 and the Google Pixel 4 XL were the highlights of the Made by Google 2019 event, but they weren't the only releases. Google also took the opportunity to release the Google Pixelbook Go, the Google Nest Mini, the Google Nest WiFi, and the new Google Pixel Buds. On the software side...

Google Assistant routines are coming to Android TV

Update: A Google PR spokesperson reached out to clarify some details about this news. There will not be a preset "Showtime" routine. Users will be able to create a custom routine that includes Android TV devices. The original article follows: One of the most powerful features of Google Assistant is Routines. Announced back at the Made...

Google finally makes it possible to move music between casting devices

Every once in a while Google adds a feature that makes people shout "finally!" If you have multiple Google Home speakers and casting devices spread throughout your home, Google just announced such a feature. Starting today, it's possible to "move" music between casting devices in your home. The situation is pretty common: you're listening to music...