Google has announced that its smart speaker can now place calls for free, provided that the recipients are in the United States or Canada. Google’s approach to calling services is much better than Amazon.
Google August 17, 2017
Amazon is reportedly working on the Amazon Echo 2, an updated version of the company's Alexa-powered smart speaker that will look and sound better than the original. The Google Home and the Apple HomePod should definitely be worried.
Smart Home July 13, 2017
A smart speaker helped break up a domestic violence case by calling the authorities. The always-listening feature of these devices may be considered as invasion of privacy, but in this instance, it may have saved a life.
Google July 10, 2017
Google and eBay teamed up to launch a $99 Google Home bundle right before Amazon Prime Day. Will the offer be good enough to put a dent on the massive sales expected for the Amazon Echo in the annual event?
Google July 10, 2017
The Google Store has launched a promotion that offers a free Google Home for every purchase of the Google Pixel XL. Customers who have their eye on these two devices should send in their order as soon as they can.
Google June 20, 2017
Google Home users experienced a widespread glitch, which prevented them from issuing voice commands to the Assistant. Google representatives assured the smart speakers' users they were looking into the matter.
Google June 5, 2017
Apple has now started manufacturing Siri smart speakers, tipped for a WWDC unveiling early June, according to new reports. Apple will reportedly focus on making the device stand out in terms of high-quality audio, among other features.
Apple June 1, 2017
Google Home is turning into a true productivity powerhouse with the latest updates announced at Google I/O. Amazon Echo now has a truly fierce competitor, so here’s all you need to know about the latest Google Home power features.
Gadgets May 19, 2017
The APK files for the v2.3 update for the Google Home app revealed that the speaker may finally be getting voice reminder functionality. Other changes include cloudcast capabilities, as well as the incorporation of the Assistant on third-party devices.
Apps/Software May 16, 2017
Apple executive Phil Schiller mocked the Amazon Echo and Google Home before hinting that the upcoming Siri smart speaker will have a screen. The company's pending entry into the smart speaker market has suddenly become even more interesting.
Apple May 7, 2017
According to rumors, Apple is planning to unveil a Siri-powered smart speaker at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference. What will the device look like, and will it be a worthy challenger to the Amazon Echo and Google Home?
Apple May 1, 2017
Google announced that its Google Home speaker would be able to recite recipes to users while they are cooking. The company revealed that the smart speaker supports over 5 million recipes from various popular cookery sites.
Google April 27, 2017
More people are jumping into the smart speaker trend lately, and if you’re about to become one of them, you better know what you’re choices are. So should you pick Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Gadgets April 22, 2017
Google Home has finally added one of the most requested features: multi-user support. Here's how to add multiple users and manage accounts on the Google Home smart speaker.
Google April 21, 2017
Google Home has now enabled multi-user support, allowing users to pair up to six Google accounts with the smart speaker. It can now also tell different voices apart, something Amazon Echo can’t do.
Gadgets April 21, 2017
Google Home is an excellent smart speaker that’s capable of performing a trove of activities, from hailing an Uber ride to dimming the lights in your home. Here’s a complete list of everything you can do with it.
Gadgets April 13, 2017
An advertisement released by Burger King looked to take advantage of the growing popularity of the Google Home smart speaker. Google has since ended the marketing stunt, which can be seen as both clever and invasive.
Google April 13, 2017
Google Home has been gradually getting better and new updates are now taking things to the next level. Google Keep lists are now moved to the Home and Express apps, and the smart speaker is also getting multi-user support.
Gadgets April 10, 2017
The next-gen Google Home smart speaker could come with a Wi-Fi router and mesh networking ability. Google may add these features in a bid to outsell Amazon's Echo, which has dominated the market till now.
Internet April 6, 2017
Google Home is poised to get a new find from store feature. This feature would enable users to ask Google Home whether a particular product is available nearby or not, and get relevant details in return.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 22, 2017
Verizon has started taking preorders for the LG G6 and it has three special offers to sweeten the deal. Interested customers can get $200 trade-in credits, a free Google Home, or a free LG Smart TV, so here's what you need to know.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 17, 2017
Google Home and the Amazon Echo are direct rivals and are currently embroiled in a stiff competition to get an edge in the smart home market. Here’s a look at some features where Amazon's Echo beats Google Home hands down.
Smart Home March 17, 2017
Owners of Google’s smart speaker, Home, have reported hearing it play ads for 'Beauty and the Beast,' many of which found intrusive. Google, however, says the ads were simply timely content.
Smart Home March 16, 2017
Google Home seems to have been up to no good, spreading fake news over the weekend. When asked whether or not former President Barack Obama is planning a coup, it said he might be planning one.
Internet March 6, 2017
Google has apparently been working on multi-user support for its Google Home smart speaker, based on hints found in the code of the latest app version. Moreover, Google could also bank on voice recognition to allow for automatic switching between accounts.
Gadgets March 3, 2017
Google has now rolled out an update to its smart speaker that will let users shop online using their voice. However, there are a few limitations to consider.
Google February 16, 2017
Google and Amazon are looking into adding phone call functionality for their respective smart speakers, Home and Echo. Looming privacy concerns associated with the functionality is reportedly stalling development, however.
Smart Home February 15, 2017
Accidentally waking Amazon Echo or Google Home may be cute, but it could pose a risk especially when hijacked by a third party. Here are some steps you can take to nip that prospect in the bud.
Smart Home February 7, 2017
Google’s ad for its smart speaker, Home, which aired during this year’s Super Bowl, apparently triggered a number of smart home devices along with it. The minute-long spot showcased Google’s Amazon Echo rival.
Google February 6, 2017
Google announced that its smart speaker Google Home has snagged Honeywell and Belkin WeMo as partners. This allows Google to gain ground on Amazon Echo, which has beaten it to the market for about two years.
Google January 25, 2017
A new report by an analytics startup has recently been released, showing a bleak picture of voice app retention for Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant platform. As per the company’s cofounder, however, there’s room to grow.
Apps/Software January 24, 2017
Google Home has added Vizio integration, now allowing users to easily control SmartCast devices such as TVs, speakers, displays and sound bars. The integration brings a number of neat perks, so here's the deal.
Smart Home January 19, 2017
Watch the two smart voice assistants Alexa and Google Home get into a never-ending conversation. Here's how you can do it too.
Smart Home January 15, 2017
Sonos' John MacFarlane has already tendered his resignation after 14 years serving as the company's CEO. He will also relinquish his board seat, merely staying as a mentor for the company's employees.
Business Tech January 11, 2017
2016 marks the year that Google launched a bevy of hardware products. The company will no longer be solely known as a software company, as it launched a series of hardware products such as the Google Pixel, Daydream VR, Google Home, and Chromecast Ultra.
Google December 31, 2016
Sony has announced that its Chromecast-enabled speakers and Android TVs will now support Google Home commands, expanding the smart speaker’s ecosystem. The features are rolling out via a firmware update for eligible devices.
Gadgets December 20, 2016
The Amazon Echo has completely sold out online and will not return in time for the holidays. There are still chances you can find it in physical stores, but stock runs out fast.
Gadgets December 20, 2016
Google Home got a slew of new conversation actions, allowing users to accomplish more by conversing with the smart speaker. Users can now order pizza, get the latest news, search WebMD, play trivia, get recipes and more.
Google December 17, 2016
Netflix and Photos are now integrated into the Google Home platform and can be enabled through the Google Home app settings. Netflix content, however, are still not playable despite a successful linking process.
Google December 12, 2016
Google Home begins its campaign against Amazon's Alexa with an invitation for developers to begin creating 'conversation actions.' These are claimed to be more sophisticated alternative to Alexa skills as they allow users to converse with bots when accessing a service.
Google December 9, 2016
We've seen the Amazon Echo and Google Home and even heard about Apple's own home assistant device. However, nothing much have come out of Microsoft with regards to something similar. The latest report could shed light on such plans for the future.
Smart Home December 5, 2016
Verizon has revealed that it will be offering the 32 GB variant of Pixel XL and Pixel smartphones for $240. This is a one-day offer and is valid only on Black Friday. The Google Home speaker is also discounted by $30.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 24, 2016
Google is bringing back the Chromecast branding to the Chromecast ecosystem. Recently, the streaming media platform has been renamed to Google Cast for improved branding purposes.
Google November 24, 2016
The latest iFixit Teardown reveals that Google Home has two microphones vis-a-vis the Amazon Echo, which has seven. Buying the Amazon Echo is a better bet, as it will be able to hear instructions better.
Gadgets November 9, 2016
The dedicated marketplace for Amazon Alexa skills underscores the level of control that it provides users. The large number of available skills also highlights the range of Alexa's capabilities as a smart home assistant.
Smart Home November 7, 2016