Google Home New Updates and New Features for Nov 4, 2018
The latest Google Home new features video is all about preparing for the Christmas season. The new #updates for Google Home and Google Assistant are really all there to finish off the promised features and updates that Google has had over the year.
Google Assistant begins rolling out lists & notes integration, includes built-in provider
Google Home will now have a much better and more robust list and notes feature. If you don’t already have this new Assistant method of control, you soon will. Google Keep is also coming back!
Spotify is giving family account owners a free Google Home Mini
In case you didn’t already know about this…Spotify has a new deal out there!
Sonos delays Google Assistant voice features until 2019
In case you still care. I’m struggling with caring about this anymore. There is a closed beta coming soon though.
Apple Siri Continues to Lead in Voice Assistant Usage on Smartphones
Although Siri continues to lead on smartphones, Google Assistant is catching up quickly. It’s now 44% to 30% (Alexa is at 17%)
August can now unlock your door and announce visitors with Google Assistant
Now this requires an additional bit of effort when you go to unlock the door, but it is now possible. You’ll need a security code to unlock it. On top of that, the doorbell cam pro is able to announce who’s at your door through your #GoogleHome or #GoogleAssistant enabled device.
Google My Business Adds Setting For Google Assistant Calls Over Duplex
Small business, beware! Don’t miss out on this one. You’ll need to make sure that you allow Google Assistant calls. Another thing is that you’re likely to get an option in the future to connect to a Google Assistant service to answer those calls. Machines talking to machines, baby.
New Chrome OS flag will enable Google Assistant on all Chromebooks
All Chromebooks should have an experimental mode for Google Assistant.
Google may bring multi-room audio support to older Chromecasts
Your older Chromecasts may get access to multi-room audio support, but it hasn’t quite been verified by Google just yet.
Chromecast and Smart Displays start showing portrait photos side-by-side
You have to love this, as Google is now analyzing your photos and displaying ones that were taken at the same time and/or place side by side when you have more than one Chromecast or Smart Display with Ambient Mode enabled.
Insignia’s cheap Assistant smart speakers can now be paired in stereo (like the Home Max) and place voice calls
Not only can they make calls, but they’re around $50 USD and can now be used as a left and right setup.
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