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Tasker’s Android phone automation connects with Google Assistant

fizkes via Getty Images People have long used Tasker to take care of repetitive tasks on their Android device, or to customize its features based on things like whether they’re at home or at the office. Now the app’s features are a little easier to use since you can trigger them via Google Assistant. XDA …

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Google’s Nest Hub Max now makes Zoom video calls

Google Google is making good on its promise to add support for Zoom video calls to its devices — just in time to support your socially distant holiday get-togethers. The company has started rolling out Zoom call support to the Nest Hub Max through a preview program. You’ll need a Zoom account (free or paid) …

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Google Assistant can finally schedule your smart lights

Engadget Google Assistant already works with Hue and other smart lights, but functionality has been limited to turning them on and off, using them with alarms and a few other features. Now, you can schedule lights and other electric devices to turn on and off at specific and even general times, as Android Police and …

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Lenovo’s Google-powered Smart Clocks hit all-time low prices for Black Friday

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Google Assistant will play podcasts from third-party services like Spotify

Nathan Ingraham/Engadget You might not have to depend on Google Podcasts if you’re asking Assistant to play your favorite serialized audio show. Android Police and its readers have discovered that Google is adding support for third-party podcast services, starting with Spotify. You just have to visit podcast settings in Assistant to choose your provider. We’ve …

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Google Assistant’s driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

Google Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that Google Assistant’s driving mode is at least partially enabled for Android users. The interface …

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Google Assistant is rolling out on Samsung’s 2020 TVs in the US

Samsung After years of trying to make Bixby happen, Samsung is coming around and enabling support for better AI helpers like Alexa and Google Assistant. The company announced at CES this year that you can choose to use these assistants on its QLED 8K TV, but Google Assistant only just became available. It’ll work on …

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Google’s ‘Search On’ event will reveal new AI-powered features on Thursday

Google If you’re not done with presentations after Apple’s iPhone 12 launch earlier, set some time aside on Thursday afternoon to find out what’s new in search. Google just sent out invites for a live stream event on October 15th at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET where “you’ll hear about the latest ways …

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Google has added more natural-sounding voices to Assistant

Steve Marcus / reuters Google is adding two more English-speaking voices to Assistant. It used an updated prosody model to make them sound more natural than other Assistant voices. Developers can now start using them in their existing Actions. Here’s a quick example of one of them sounds: Meanwhile, in early 2021, Google will roll …

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Google apps will add notifications for ‘critical’ security issues

Google Google’s latest effort to protect the safety and privacy of its users involves more prominent security alerts. Moving forward, when the company detects a potentially serious issue with your account, it will notify you directly through the Google app you’re using at the moment.     There’s a good reason for Google to make its already …

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