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Siri Integration Coming To More iDevices Soon, Apple Not Looking At Smart Speakers

Apple may have decided not to follow the path taken by Amazon and Google and manufacture a Siri-enabled speaker. The company may instead look to make Siri available for multiple Apple devices.

Apple February 21, 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

Alexa, Google Assistant, You Might Have A Problem: No One's Really Using Your Voice Apps

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 Now Plays Nice With Vizio TVs And Other SmartCast Devices

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: How To Make Alexa And Google Home Talk To Each Other In A Never-Ending Loop

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 CEO Steps Down After 14 Years Due To Heated Smart Speaker Competition

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

Best Google Products Of 2016: Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Daydream VR, Google Home And More

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

Google Home Expands Ecosystem With Sony Speakers, Android TV Sets

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

Amazon Echo Sells Out Online, But You Can Still Get It In Physical Stores For Now

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 Gets New Tricks And You Can Even Order Pizza Now

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

Google Home Starts Getting Netflix, Photos Integration: How To Check If You Can Link Your Accounts

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 Now Open To Developers: More Conversation Actions For Assistant Soon

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

Microsoft Home Hub To Compete With Amazon Alexa And Google Home?

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 Black Friday 2016 Deals Offer Discounts On Google Pixel, Pixel XL And Google Home

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 Stripping Away 'Cast' Branding To Help Users Identify The Technology More Easily

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

Google Home iFixit Teardown Reveals Why It's Better To Buy The More Expensive Amazon Echo

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

Amazon Alexa Skills Detailed Via New Page: Discover Everything The Virtual Assistant Can Do

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

Google Home Now Available At Best Buy, Walmart And Target For $129

Google Home is now up for grabs at Best Buy, Walmart, Target and, of course, the Google Store for $129. Anyone who's been itching to get their hands on the Google Assistant speaker can now find peace.

Google November 5, 2016

Google Home Review Roundup: What Tech Experts Are Saying About Google's Amazon Echo Competitor

It's been a long time coming, but the Amazon Echo finally has capable competition to keep it on its toes. Competition comes by way of Google Home, and in a few months, we could also see the rise of Apple's own smart speaker.

Smart Home November 4, 2016

Google Home On Walmart Shelves Ahead Of Official Launch, But You Can't Buy It Yet

Walmart has put Google Home, the stand-alone voice-enabled assistant, on its shelves earlier than the supposed Nov. 4. launch date. Despite this, Walmart has refused to sell it, implying that the retailer will indeed follow the proper release date.

Gadgets October 31, 2016

Samsung's ArtPC Pulse Is The Cylindrical Love Child Between A Desktop PC And Speaker: Prices Start At $1,200

Samsung's new ArtPC Pulse is outfitted with a Harman Kardon 360-degree speaker. Its cylindrical aluminum body is reminiscent of Mac Pro and HP Pavilion Wave.

Computers October 11, 2016

Google Wants Assistant To Not Only Be Smart But Also Humorous And Friendly: Pixar, The Onion Joke Writers' Talent Employed

Aside from being smart, Google Assistant is going to be friendly and humorous too, and it's all thanks to joke writers of Pixar and The Onion.

Google October 10, 2016

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which Smart Speaker Will Reign Supreme In Living Rooms?

Google just announced the Google Home, a smart speaker powered by Assistant that will challenge the Amazon Echo, which features Alexa. What are the similarities and differences of the two devices?

Google October 5, 2016

Google Pixel And Pixel XL Smartphones, Daydream View And Google Home: How They Fare Against Their Counterparts iPhone, Gear VR And Echo

Google October event just kicked off, unveiling the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Daydream View and Google Home. The new products look similar to the iPhone, Samsung Gear VR and Amazon Echo, but how do they fare against them?

Google October 4, 2016

How To Watch The Google October 4 Event Livestream: Pixel And Pixel XL Smartphones, Wi-Fi Router, Google Home And Everything To Expect

Google is about to hold its big Oct. 4 event. Before it does, here's everything you need to know, including how you can watch it and what you can expect to see there.

Google October 4, 2016

Google Oct. 4 Event Roundup: Pixel And Pixel XL Smartphones, Chromecast Ultra, Wi-Fi Router, Daydream VR And More

Google's Oct. 4 event is about to kick off, but before it does, here's a roundup of what to expect there, ranging from the rumored Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to the Chromecast Ultra and the company's Wi-Fi routers.

Google September 27, 2016

Apple Has A Smart Home Device To Rival Amazon Echo

Is Apple working on a smart home device right now? A new report claims this to be the case, with Apple hoping to create something with unique features to trump the Echo.

Smart Home September 24, 2016

Google Will Unveil Pixel Smartphones, Google Home, 4K Chromecast, Daydream VR Viewer On Oct. 4: Here's A Recap Of The Upcoming Devices

Google is said to be planning an Oct. 4 event to make some big hardware announcements. Among the devices that the company is set to unveil are the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones and the Google Home speaker.

Google September 3, 2016

Alphabet Is Moving Dozens Of Nest Labs Engineers To Google: Amazon Echo Competitor Google Home Bolstered

Alphabet is moving dozens of Nest Labs engineers into Google to work under senior VP of Android Hiroshi Lockheimer. The transfer bolsters the development of the Google Home speaker and shows the growing role of Android within the company.

Google August 30, 2016

Google Home Essentially A 'Dressed-Up Version Of Chromecast,' But It's More Than That

The voice-enabled intelligent speaker Google Home has received flak for being a revamped variant of Chromecast, as both the devices use the same Wi-Fi chip and microprocessor. However, it turns out Google Home is not merely a streaming device.

Gadgets June 1, 2016

Amazon Alexa Hits The Browser With Echo Simulator Skill Testing Tool: Here's How It Works

Amazon came one step ahead of its rivals in the field of AI voice assistants. The company unveiled Echosim, a website that behaves just like Amazon Echo, but runs on desktop systems.

Apps/Software May 28, 2016

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: What Are The Similarities And Differences?

Google just announced its Amazon Echo challenger. And the biggest selling point for this new smart home competitor is the same thing that made Google great.

Gadgets May 21, 2016

Google Home Is Amazon Echo Killer? Not Quite

Google announced voice-enabled intelligent speaker Google Home, a direct competitor to Amazon Echo.

Google May 18, 2016

Google Set To Unveil Voice-Activated Device Called Google Home: Alexa, Are You Worried?

Google is said to be unveiling Google Home, a competitor for the Amazon Echo, at the upcoming I/O Conference. The hardware will be able to answer questions asked by users and is capable of carrying out basic tasks.

Google May 18, 2016

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