UK users can now use smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon 's Alexa to search for more than 12,000 pieces of government information For the past six months, a small team of experts from the Government Digital Service have been working on a trial project to allow people to access information from GOV.UK without having to touch a computer keyboard.
Google has announced that the company's smart home products will be re-branded with the Nest name going forward. Google Home, Google Assistant and Nest, as of today, all merged into one smart home brand named Google Nest
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 has launched a new media view for Nest Hub displays. The new view means no more walking into every room to change the music volume, or turn off the TV.
Back in October of last year, Google revealed two additions to the Google Home family - Google Home Mini, a smaller, more affordable version of its Google Home voice activated assistant as well as Google Home Max, a higher-end version. Unfortunately, the Google Home Max was only launched in the US and we have had to wait until today for the Google Home Max to become available in the UK.
Google Home has received a nice update bringing the ability to connect to Bluetooth speakers and use them for multi-room audio. The new feature will let users connect Google Home devices to Bluetooth speakers using the Google Home app. Users will also be able set up Bluetooth speakers as the default audio device.
Spotify is offering a free Google Home Mini speaker to Premium for Family subscribers in the UK. Surprisingly, the deal is available to existing as well as new Family Premium subscribers.