Rolling out to Android phones in the United States, beginning today, Google Assistant will be fully integrated into Waze so users won’t have to tap on their screens to get things done. Many of Waze’s most popular features will be supported, such as reporting traffic jams, calling out potholes, and checking for alternate routes.
Sony today announced new wireless earbuds, dubbed Xperia Ear Duo, an upgraded version of the company's Xperia Ear concept and offering new audio technology in tandem with Siri compatibility.
Google Assistant now can transcribe the contents off of a web page and read it out loud to you. The feature, which was demoed at Google I/O last year, is now making its way to android devices from today.
Google has rolled out their "Tell me a story“ feature on Android and iOS. By simply saying "Hey Google, tell me a story.”, devices will read out stories (both regular and bedtime) in English to people in the UK, Australia, Canada, India and the US.
Google employees are allegedly listening-in on all your conversations, including ones which are not meant to be recorded. This happens via the company's AI-powered Google Assistant on phones and Google Home speakers.
Google launched interpreter mode for smart displays and speakers at the start of the year and the the live translation tool is now coming to mobile devices.
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) has opened an administrative procedure to prohibit Google from transcribing Google Assistant recordings by employees or third parties for a period of three months. This is intended to protect the privacy rights of those affected for the time being.
Google is rolling out its Ambient Mode feature for Google Assistant to more Android devices. The Ambient Mode feature for Google Assistant was announced at IFA 2019. During the launch, the feature was available only on two tablets - Lenovo Smart Tab M8 HD and Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab and a couple of handsets smartphones, including the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2.
Starting today, Bose is bringing the Google Assistant to its line of smart speakers and soundbars. This includes the Bose Home Speaker 500, Bose Soundbar 500 and 700, and an all-new, compact smart speaker coming later this summer, the Bose Home Speaker 300.
Google Assistant users will soon be able to assign reminders to their family and friends using the Google Assistant. The new feature will function via the Family Group feature. Once a reminder is set, say by a parent for their children, it will appear on a smartphone or a Google Assistant-powered Smart Display. However, Google says it can work for others, all that is needed is the user to be part of an opt-in group of trusted fellow Assistant users.
Google announced today that Assistant will be available in more than 30 languages by the end of 2018. According to the company, this will cover 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide. For comparison, rival Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, currently supports 20 languages.
Google has launched Action Blocks for Android to help streamline simple tasks for those who need it. With the Google-made app, Android users can create customizable home screen buttons to launch a particular activity of their choosing.