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Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 updates make Google Assistant speak on your wrist
The latest Fitbit smartwatch update also adds a new destination for your SpO2 data, alongside low and high heart rate alerts.
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Google is developing Matter protocol to make smart home devices smarter
Google says it will add Matter support to Android and Nest-branded smart home devices, and is also creating a help database too.
Google Assistant and LaMDA want to be the friend you can always talk to about anything
Google has detailed LaMDA, a new conversation technology that focuses on natural language understanding and dialogue, not just plain answers.
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Google Assistant is getting better at natural conversations and pronouncing names
Google Assistant will also get better at natural language and ability to accurately understand nuanced voice commands within proper context.
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Google Assistant’s new trick lets you do things without saying ‘Hey Google’
The Guacamole trick will let you silence an alarm by saying ‘snooze or stop’ and shush a timer without saying the hotword.
New Google Assistant features include finding a lost iPhone
To make online food orders even easier, Assistant can now help you complete your purchase in only a few steps.
Smart Speakers could bring contactless health monitoring by detecting abnormal heart rhythms
It works by emitting audio signals into the room at a volume humans can’t hear.
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Apple, Google training their voice assistants to understand people with speech disabilities
Apple is working to help Siri automatically detect if someone speaks with a stutter.
Pocketnow Daily: Dear Intel: Apple Was Just Getting Started! *NEW Apple Silicon Leaks* (video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the upcoming devices with Apple Silicon, camera upgrades in future iPhones, and more.
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Google Assistant-enabled smart displays and speakers can now stream Apple Music
Apple Music support is first rolling out on Google Assistant smart display and speakers in France, Germany, Japan, UK and the US markets.
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Google finally brings multi-account support and dark mode to smart displays
A “Home Control” page has also arrived that will let users control all connected smart home devices from a single hub on their smart displays.
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Google Assistant and Search get new features to help voters
If performing a web search sounds like a hassle, a simple “Hey Google, where do I vote?” voice query will be enough to get you started.
Google’s Your News Update audio briefing arrives on Google Podcasts
Google is also making it easier to listen to relevant or important local news stories via the Google Assistant by just voice commands.
Too tired to type? Use the Google Assistant to send an audio message
“Hey Google, send an audio message to Nadeem saying I don’t like his meme taste.”
Google Assistant-powered smart displays get new visual and touch-based games
The new voice and touch-enabled games are now available for Google Assistant-powered smart displays starting today with more to come.
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Pocketnow Daily: DIFFERENT OnePlus Nord for the US Coming Soon?! (video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the OnePlus Nord coming to the US, tons of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 leaks, and more
Nest Hub Max now supports group video calls on Google Meet and Duo
Group video calling on the Next Hub Max now supports Google Meet as well, allowing users to tune in up with up to 100 people at once.
Google Assistant’s voice match, sensitivity adjustment comes to more smart devices
Also, users can set any Google Assistant-enabled device in their home as the default speaker for playing music, podcast, or other content.
Google’s Action Blocks simplify smartphones for people with cognitive disabilities
Users can create an action block for any task that the Google Assistant can perform, label it with an image of their choice and place it on the home screen.
Google Assistant-powered smart devices getting “Hey Google” sensitivity control feature
The “Hey Google” sensitivity control feature is being rolled out gradually for Google Assistant-powered devices such as smart displays and speakers.
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OnePlus phones start receiving Google Assistant-powered ‘Ambient Mode’
The Ambient Mode can also be used as an interface to control smart home devices, display photos from Google Photos, control music playback, and more.
Apple, Amazon and Google will now work together to improve smart homes
Google, Amazon, and Apple are joining forces with other brands to make a new and unified Connected Home platform for all smart home devices
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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone SE 2 Price and Dates Sound HOT!! (video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the possible price and launch of the iPhone SE 2, Apple’s arrival to the 5G market and more
Alexa is dominating the smart speaker business, while Google Assistant takes a big hit
The latest report from Canalys shows who’s boss in the smart speaker market, with new competition coming from Chinese companies
Research: Alexa is dumber than Siri and Google Assistant
A recent research, taking a look at popular digital assistants Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant reveals how they compete.