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Google Assistant routines are now supported in French, Spanish, German, and more languages

The Google Assistant comes preloaded on most Android smartphones and is the driving force behind products like the Google Home. It's pretty great if you live in an English-speaking country, but it could be considered lacking in some aspects if you don't speak English or would rather it speak your native tongue. Routines were such...

Huawei is working on a voice assistant to challenge Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in the West

At IFA 2018, Huawei showed they were dipping their toe in the smart speaker market when they showed off a product the company called the Huawei AI Cube. The speaker uses their own personal virtual assistant called "Xiaoyi" which is both available on their smartphones and this AI Cube device. The thing is, this has only...

Remap the Google Assistant Shortcut with Assistant Shortcuts

As Google Assistant continues to grow in popularity we're seeing more devices launch with dedicated Assistant buttons. The LG G7 ThinQ was one of the first, but others have followed, and OnePlus even added the ability to the power button in the latest OxygenOS Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 6. So clearly this is...

Sony Xperia XZ3 joins the LG G7 in getting special Google Assistant commands

We have been learning a lot about the Sony Xperia XZ3 as of late. While some rumors turned out to be false, we do know that it will launch with an OLED screen and have Android 9 Pie on board. The company had only just finished launching the Xperia XZ2 Premium a couple of months ago,...

Google Home Hub is Google’s Assistant-enabled Smart Speaker with a 7-inch display

The Google Assistant has taken up a new form with the first of many devices to come - the Lenovo Smart Display. It's pretty simple, as all it is really is a Google Home with a display. It can show you real-time information, photos, and more. Pretty useful to have around the house, as you...

Google is improving the Assistant’s Song Search thanks to the Pixel 2’s Now Playing feature

An often overlooked Google Pixel 2-only feature is its "now playing" option. It's pretty simple, but in my view, it's one of the coolest exclusive features on any smartphone. It utilizes deep neural networks to continuously analyze background audio picked up by your phone's microphone. It then creates a unique fingerprint of the audio based...

Android Messages tests integration with Google Assistant

Google has been trying to push the Google Assistant as much as possible. It was first available in Google Allo a couple of years ago, but it has since made its way to the Google Home and other apps. Google is now integrating Google Assistant into Android Messages with suggested messages. This is going to work similarly to...

Google Assistant gets better visuals for smart home controls

While the Google Assistant is certainly a powerful tool, it lacks a lot of visuals. Nearly everything is initiated with voice and returned with audio responses. So it makes sense that the visuals are lacking. However, on phones, there is a nice display that can be utilized. So the Google Assistant is now finally getting...

Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant now available starting at $199

The Google Assistant has previously only been available via voice on Google Home devices. You give it voice-based questions and it recites answers out loud. The Google Home is an implementation of the Google Assistant which allows you to ask it questions anywhere in your home - without being tied to your smartphone. It's been...

Google Duo v37 can start video calls with Google Assistant

Google Assistant started late in the market compared to Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, but they have been catching up really fast. In 2016, Amazon controlled 93% of the market share. Last year, that dropped to 66%. This didn't bother Google because they had a game plan that would add more integrated tasks to the Google...

Bixby 2.0 will link with third-party apps on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung will unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 at an event in New York. While the highlight of the event will most definitely be the newest flagship from Samsung, notable side releases will include a new version of Bixby, called Bixby 2.0. Bixby was launched on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and eventually made...

Google Now cards make a spiritual return in Google Assistant

The evolution of Google Assistant can be traced back to 2012 when Google Now was all the rage. Google Now was an interface of cards that tried to predict when you would need certain information. It changed a lot over the years and eventually disappeared completely in favor of the redesigned "Feed." Google Now is...