We all know Apple’s game by now. Wait in the wings while all of the other companies fuck up while trying to innovate, and then, just when it seems almost too late, introduce a product that does the same thing as everybody else’s product, but better. This is bound to be true with the rumored Siri speaker. The idea is…
Another Google I/O keynote has happened and, again, we have mixed feelings about what we saw. Apparently, the search giant is shifting from being mobile-first to being AI-first. What does that mean? Who the hell knows.
Released last year, Google Assistant hasn’t really proven itself useful outside of checking the weather, searching Google, or setting an alarm using voice commands. So far it’s been limited to just basic features that are more than matched by other smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. But Google is…
Google just announced new updates to Assistant and Google Home. The smart speaker leans on Assistant to offer voice controls and artificially intelligent, well, assistance. But until now, the gadget hasn’t really been able to do that much. Thanks to some updates, however, that might change very soon.
Google’s annual I/O developer conference kicks off Wednesday, May 17th and continues through the end of the week. We’ll be on the ground at the show covering all the breaking news, but before then we’re taking a closer look at what we can expect from this year’s conference.
The smart speakers are coming! Wandering into our living rooms, listening for our voice commands, pulling random bits of trivia from the web, spitting out weather forecasts, and controlling a growing number of home appliances. But they’re always listening and currently there isn’t an easy to way to know when they…
Google Home might not be the most popular voice assistant to offer convenient information in exchange for reams of personal data, but it appears to be the first to serve ads directly into users’ living rooms.
If you ever wanted to watch two virtual assistants argue with each other for hours on end, well, you’re in luck. Some maniac is live streaming two Google Homes arguing with each other, so of course thousands of people are watching it.
At this point, preprogrammed jokes have become a staple of digital assistant software, but most attempts at humor by Siri and the like have skewed closer to “cute” than “funny.” One possible explanation is that these assistants work better as comedy duos than solo acts, a possibility strongly supported by a new video…
Google Home might be the smartest home assistant currently available, but when it comes to being personable that agender Assistant (with a distinctly feminine presenting voice) leaves a lot to be desired.
It’s late, I’ve just plugged the Google Home voice assistant in, and I’ve got a fridge full of pumpkin and pie crusts and Thanksgiving is three weeks away. “Okay Google, how do I make a pumpkin pie?” Google Home happily answers my question, firing off a summary of the instructions as told to it by AllRecipes.com. If I…
The much hyped Google gadget event has come and gone, and left us with an impressive haul of new gear. Here’s the coolest stuff from today’s keynote.
As soon as Google announced its new Home device last spring, everyone (including this blog) was quick to call it an Amazon Echo Killer. But since then, the Echo’s gained some new powers. So how do the two gadgets stack up in a head-to-head spec battle? Pretty evenly—except for the price.
Google just announced more details about Home, the company’s sleek-looking Amazon Echo competitor. Namely, we learned about the price: $130 per device. That’s $50 cheaper than an Echo.
It’s October 4, and that means Google will finally reveal some hot new hardware. Among the big announcements are a new, Nexus-like phone that probably won’t be called Nexus, and a virtual reality system called Daydream. But there’s so much more, too.
In a few short hours Google will show the world its new phones, the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Thanks to Canada, and Verizon we already know that. What we don’t know is what else Google will show off. Could we get a final version of its VR platform, Daydream? The official retail date for its home assistant, Google Home?
Earlier this week The Information reported that Apple is making a smart hub to compete with the very cool Amazon Echo and recently announced Google Home. This is not shocking. Consumer technology companies’ new favorite thing is to get their remarkably well-designed talons into every aspect of our lives. If we want…
At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai & Co had lots to show off. New smart home gadgets! New all-powerful AI bots! New VR goodies! Next-generation messaging apps! Dad jokes and hijinks! Whoa.