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Topic: Google Assistant

Amazon Alexa & Google's Assistant are inexcusably terrible at knowing when they're called

12/11/2018, 10:12 am

As smart speakers continue to encroach into our lives, the cheaper ones from Google and Amazon need to get better at knowing when we do and don't want them to speak up.

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Review: Polk Assist is an attractive and small speaker with Google Assistant support

12/05/2018, 03:12 pm

With the popularity of the Amazon Alexa lineup and Apple's own HomePod, others have been rushing to market with their own speech recognition-capable speakers, baking in Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon Alexa, or as in the case of the Polk Assist -- Google Assistant. AppleInsider takes a look to see what it offers the Apple user.

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Review: Harman Kardon's Google-powered Citation 100 sounds great in an unremarkable way

12/03/2018, 03:12 pm

The Citation 100 is a high-quality smartspeaker, and possibly an easy choice for people already bought into Harman Kardon, but otherwise there's not much reason to choose it over speakers from the likes of Apple, Google, or Sonos.

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You can now awkwardly summon Google Assistant on your iPhone with Siri Shortcuts

11/21/2018, 08:11 am

Google has taken advantage of Siri Shortcuts in iOS to make its own Google Assistant more useful, with iPhone and iPad users now able to bring up the search company's digital assistant by vocal command, by adding the "Ok Google" trigger to Siri.

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Hands on: Harman Kardon's Google-equipped Citation 100 smartspeaker

11/12/2018, 01:11 pm

Smartspeakers are not just proliferating rapidly, but becoming de facto in the high-end audio market, led by products like the HomePod, Sonos speakers, and the Google Home Max. Harman Kardon's $300 Citation 100 is another emblematic example, equipped with Google Assistant.

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Review: JBL's Link View brings a display and high-quality audio to Google Assistant

09/04/2018, 02:09 pm

The Link View may not convert diehard audiophiles or people oppposed to Google, but it sounds pretty damn good and makes for an excellent smarthome control hub.

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Nanoleaf's HomeKit-compatible Canvas panels coming Dec. 1

08/31/2018, 03:08 pm

Nanoleaf's next foray into smart lighting, the Canvas panels, will finally ship on Dec. 1, the company's CEO revealed on Friday.

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Hands on: JBL's iPhone-connected Link View smart display

08/31/2018, 11:08 am

The JBL Link View, shipping mid-September, will be just the second Google Smart Display on the market, enhancing Google Assistant with images, animations, and video.

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Lenovo dives into smarthome gear with new HomeKit-ready accessories, Lenovo Link for iOS

08/31/2018, 09:08 am

Following up on the launch of the Smart Display, Lenovo has announced its first trio of Smart Home Essentials accessories, as well as a remote control app for iOS and Android, Lenovo Link.

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Review: JBL's Link 20 Bluetooth speaker with Google Assistant nails it

08/24/2018, 07:08 pm

The JBL Link 20 is expensive as Bluetooth speakers go, but an absolute steal in the world of smartspeakers, especially ones with Google Assistant.

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Hands on: JBL's iPhone-connected Link 20 Bluetooth speaker with Google Assistant

08/14/2018, 01:08 pm

The JBL Link 20 is one of an early handful of smartspeakers bringing Google Assistant beyond Google Home devices.

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Review: Lenovo's Smart Display can sell iPhone owners on Google Assistant

08/08/2018, 02:08 pm

Lenovo's product makes a surprisingly solid case for why a smartspeaker should have a touchscreen, moreso than the Amazon Echo Show or Spot.

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Hands on: Lenovo's Google-enabled, iPhone-connected 8-inch Smart Display

08/01/2018, 02:08 pm

Once controlled exclusively by Amazon, competition is beginning to accelerate in the smart speaker space. The latest shot across the bow is the first one with Google's Android Things, the Lenovo Smart Display.

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Digital assistant test shows Apple's Siri is improving, lags behind Google Assistant

07/25/2018, 10:07 am

Apple's digital assistant Siri continues to lag behind the Google Assistant, a group test reports, one which also reveals improvements in properly understanding queries and providing correct responses has generally improved across all digital assistants.

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Apple's Siri director to speak at AI Frontiers conference in November

07/03/2018, 11:07 pm

Apple senior director of Siri, Alex Acero, is scheduled to appear at this year's AI Frontiers conference, where he will be joined by other experts in the field to discuss the role natural language processing plays in modern personal assistant technology.

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Google Assistant ups challenge to Apple's Siri with support for multiple actions & 'continued conversation'

05/08/2018, 02:05 pm

At its annual I/O developer event on Tuesday, Google revealed several planned upgrades to Google Assistant, further widening the gap with Apple's Siri.

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Google Assistant iOS app update coming this year, teases Duplex AI phone calls

05/08/2018, 02:05 pm

Google has previewed some of the changes it will be making to the Google Assistant app for iOS at the Google I/O keynote address, including food delivery and smart home-related requests, and an experimental feature where the digital assistant makes calls to businesses on the user's behalf.

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Google Assistant updated with support for iPad's bigger screen

03/13/2018, 11:03 am

Google has released an update to Google Assistant for iOS with support for iPad, optimizing the virtual assistant app originally designed for use on iPhones to work properly with the larger display of Apple's tablet range.

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Smart speaker assistants compared: Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant

03/05/2018, 08:03 pm

Apple's HomePod brings Siri into the home for the first time, but how does the virtual assistant stack up against established technologies like Amazon's Alexa and Google Home's Google Assistant? We put the latest versions of each smart speaker to the test in this video comparison.

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Apple's HomePod isn't about Siri, but rather the future of home audio

12/02/2017, 03:12 pm

Introduced this summer at WWDC17, Apple's HomePod was immediately positioned next to Amazon Echo and Google Home by bloggers as a "smart speaker" serving primarily as a way to chat with a voice assistant. But that's not how Apple introduced it.

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