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Google Re-Enables Touch Controls On Home Mini After Gutting It Over Privacy Concerns

Google Home Mini devices can now be controlled using the built-in touch controls on the surface of their fabric. This feature was turned off in October after a user discovered a flaw that caused the fabric to trigger the buttons.

Smart Home December 9, 2017

Google Home Mini Crashes When Playing Music At Full Volume, Users Report

The Google Home Mini crashes when it's playing songs at high volume, according to users. Google has acknowledge the issue and said that it's working on a fix.

Smart Home December 3, 2017

Google Trains Home How To Multitask, Teaches Assistant How To Contact Local Home Services

Google Assistant just keeps getting better by the day. On Home, the virtual assistant can now take two commands at a time, and on every platform, it can connect you with local home service providers, such as plumbers and electricians.

Google December 1, 2017

You Can Call Santa On Your Google Home: Here's What Happens When You Do

Thanks to Google Assistant, you can fire up your Google Home and call Santa Claus. St. Nick will even play you and your kids some holiday songs and make the magic of Christmas even more amazing.

Google November 29, 2017

Google’s Black Friday Deals: Home Mini Down To $29 And Other Deals You Shouldn’t Miss

Google’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are up. You won’t find any discounts for its latest flagship phones, but you can get its smart speakers for incredibly low prices.

Google November 23, 2017

Apple HomePod Release Date Delayed To Early 2018: Amazon And Google Pull Ahead In Smart Speaker Race

The Apple HomePod release date has been pushed back to early 2018. This means that the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers will have one less competitor this holiday shopping season.

Apple November 19, 2017

Google Assistant Now Lets You Turn Your Home Devices Into An Intercom System

Google is giving the Assistant a new feature that'll save you from wearing out your voice. Now you can broadcast a message to your family throughout your house filled with Home devices.

Smart Home November 14, 2017

Google Assistant Learns Over 50 New Games, Stories, And Activities For Family-Friendly Fun Powered By AI

Google just taught Assistant more than 50 new games, stories, and activities that can provide some family-fun entertainment for hours on end. The new actions are already available but only to U.S. residents.

Google October 25, 2017

Google Deserves Praise For Addressing Google Home Mini Privacy Concerns Very Quickly

The Google Home Mini was recently the subject of controversy for recording audio clips without the user's permission. Google made the unprecedented move of disabling one of the main features of the smart speaker before its release.

Google October 12, 2017

Creepy Or Creepy? Google Home Mini Found To Be Recording Everything 24/7 And Sending It To Google

A reviewer noticed something problematic about his Google Home Mini, something it wasn’t supposed to be doing at all. He discovered that it was listening to everything and sending those recordings to Google’s servers.

Google October 11, 2017

Meet Google Home Mini And Home Max, Google’s Answer To Echo Dot And HomePod

There are now three Google Home smart speakers as part of Google’s plan to bring Assistant everywhere. The two newest additions are the entry-level Mini, and the much more expensive Max.

Google October 5, 2017

South Park Messed With Everyone's Amazon Echo And Google Home: Here's What Happened

The premiere episode of 'South Park' season 21 tackled the white nationalist movement that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia. To lighten the mood, the episode also triggered Amazon Echo and Google Home devices multiple times.

Smart Home September 16, 2017

Watch Out, Amazon: Google And Walmart Are Partnering To Enable Voice-Based Shopping

Walmart customers will soon be able to use their Google Home smart speaker to order items. Both companies have entered a partnership that aims to define the future of online shopping.

Gadgets August 23, 2017

Two New Pixel Phones, One Pixel-Branded Chromebook, And A ‘Mini’ Google Home To Launch This Fall: Rumors

Google reportedly has several products planned, including two new Pixel smartphones, a Chromebook, and a mini Home smart speaker. These will all be unveiled during a fall event, rumors say.

Google August 22, 2017

Use Your Google Home To Play Music Via Spotify Free: Here’s How

Google has just added the ability to play Spotify on its Home smart speaker even for those who only have free accounts. The move fulfills the company’s intent to make the device more compatible with streaming services.

Gadgets August 19, 2017

Google Home Just Became A Telephone: Why It’s Much Better Than Making Calls On Amazon Echo

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

The Amazon Echo 2 Will Look And Sound Better: Be Afraid, Google Home And Apple HomePod

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

Smart Speaker Breaks Up Domestic Violence Before It Got Worse: Here's What Happened

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 Home Bundle Offered On eBay For $99 Before Amazon Prime Day: Will It Sway Customers Away From The Amazon Echo?

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

Buy A Google Pixel XL, Get A Free Google Home

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 Not Responding Properly To Many Users: Is Google Working On A Fix?

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 Reportedly Begins Manufacturing Siri Speaker: Should Amazon Echo And Google Home Be Worried?

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

Forget About Amazon Echo, Google Home Just Got Massive Updates And It's More Powerful Than Ever [Video]

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

APK File Reveals Some Upcoming Features Of Google Home

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 Exec Mocks Amazon Echo And Google Home, Hints Upcoming Siri Smart Speaker Will Have A Screen

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

Apple May Unveil Siri Smart Speaker At WWDC: What Will The Amazon Echo And Google Home Challenger Offer?

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 Assistant On Google Home Can Now Help You In The Kitchen

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

Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Which Smart Speaker Is Smarter And Which Should You Buy?

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 Gets Multi-User Support: How To Add Multiple Users And Manage Accounts

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 Starts Getting Multi-User Support: Smart Speaker Can Now Recognize You By Voice

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

Not Sure What Your Google Home Can Do? Here’s A Complete List Of Voice Commands

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

Burger King Ad Tries To Hijack Google Home: Clever Marketing Stunt Or Invasion Of Privacy?

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 Getting Google Keep Shopping Lists, But That's Not All: Multi-User Support Also In Tow

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

Google Home: Next-Gen Smart Speaker May Also Work As Wi-Fi Extender

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 To Get Find From Store Feature: All You Need To Know

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 LG G6 Preorders Now Live With 3 Special Offers: Trade-In Credit, Free Google Home, Or Free LG Smart TV

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

Amazon Echo Takes On Google Home: Tasks That The Echo Can Do Better

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

Google Home Reportedly Playing ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Ads: Google Denies They’re Ads Following Negative Reactions

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

Is Obama Planning A Coup? No, Google Home Was Just Spreading Fake News

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 Home Could Soon Challenge Amazon Echo With Multi-User Profiles And Voice Recognition To Distinguish Between Them

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

You Can Now Do Your Shopping Via Google Home: Here’s How

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

Amazon Echo And Google Home Could Soon Let You Make Calls: Will Smart Speakers Replace Telephones?

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

Teach Amazon Echo, Google Home Not To Respond To Your TV: Here's How

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

Super Bowl 51: Google’s Super Bowl Ad Triggers Google Home Devices Nationwide

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 Home Expands Capabilities As Honeywell And Belkin WeMo Integrations Go Live: Should Amazon Echo Worry?

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

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