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Among other weirdly specific traits, the Colorado native is the youngest daughter of a research librarian and once won $100,000 on a kids' version of Jeopardy.
With the third editions of Google's Pixel smartphones, users can opt for Google Assistant to answer any given call and transcribe the response to identify spammers.
The Home Hub competes with Amazon's Echo Show and Facebook's Portal, and includes tailored versions of such Google services as Search, YouTube, Maps, Calendar and Photos.
The Alexa app for mobile devices has a refreshing look and a few new features. Among those new features is the streamlined ability to control individual smart home devices alongside groups.
Google Assistant can now hail a car from Uber, Lyft and other ride services. Name your destination, and Assistant will compare prices and wait times.
Seen in Assistant apps and Google Assistant-powered smart displays, the enhancements include the new Material Design touches rolling out across Google services, larger interactive elements and sliders for precise light dimming by touch.
Unlike previous Alexa-powered remotes, the device will be available for standalone purchase and control a variety of home entertainment devices using Bluetooth and infrared.
Amazon's investment in homebuilder Plant Prefab via the Alexa Fund marks its entry into a space that will further Alexa's omnipresence.
From the car to your microwave, the new products expand Alexa's accessibility throughout our daily lives. Part of the collection also bolsters the ecosystem's role in home audio, with a new sub for improved bass, amps for tying Alexa into existing setups, and improved speaker grouping.
The sophisticated Now Playing feature behind the Pixel 2's music-recognition feature now powers Google Assistant's native Sound Search.
In addition to powering the device on and off, Alexa can launch games, pause and play Netflix, and capture screenshots mid-game.
Bilingual families no longer have to enable one language at a time: Google Assistant can now understand multiple languages.
The company known for exceptional sound quality debuted a home speaker and two soundbars powered by Alexa. Support for other assistants is in the pipeline.
With the FreeTime feature enabled via the Alexa app, Alexa will offer more child-appropriate responses. The feature also allows parents to identify study and sleep periods, when Alexa will "not play right now."
Ask Assistant, "tell me something good," and it will deliver a news story focused focus on people who are “solving problems for our communities and our world." The stories are curated and synthesized by the nonpartisan nonprofit Solutions Journalism Network.
2,300 Echo Dots will be distributed throughout SLU dorm rooms, with information tailored for students. The move underscores the influx of digital assistants into places of education, enterprise and hospitality.
Subscribers to Pandora's top-tier plan can now ask Google Assistant to play songs and playlists on-demand. Setting Pandora as the default music service eliminates the need for the "on Pandora" specification.
Google Assistant now works with Google News to offer stories on your topics of interest, from your preferred sources. The service is most robust on smart displays, where Assistant can offer videos and other media.
Of that 2%, only ~10% made a second purchase with Alexa. The insights come from a widely covered study by The Information and represent a challenge for Amazon in one of its core monetization strategies for the Alexa program.
With the introduction of the first Google Assistant-powered smart displays came a visualized smart home monitoring and control. As Droid Life demonstrates, those visualizations are making there way into Google's Assistant apps for mobile devices.
The feature is activated automatically for some users; others can enable it proactively.
Hippo Insurance tapped writers from such comedic staples as Saturday Night Live and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to compose a series of audio clips that give the impression that someone's home. With titles such as “A Stay At Home Mom Who Just Can’t Deal Anymore,” “Two Average Guys Brainstorm What’s Unique About Themselves So They Can Start a Podcast About It” and “Emergency PTA Meeting To Discuss Memes, Fidget Spinners, and Other Teen Fads,” the skill is more promotional than functional.
Just weeks after releasing the first smart display powered by Google Assistant, Lenovo has competition in the Link View from JBL. At $250, the device features an 8-inch screen and dual 10W speakers.
The Lenovo Smart Display is available in 8-inch and 10.1-inch sizes. As a direct competitor to the Echo Show, users can watch YouTube videos, make video calls with Google Duo, browse Google Photos, listen to music on Spotify and stream content from any app that supports Chromecast.