Google Assistant is coming to Sonos devices today

Sonos says Google Assistant is launching today in the US on its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers.

Google originally announced during their event last week that the assistant would be coming to Sonos. Google will be joining Alexa on the Sonos allowing you to choose which assistant you would prefer.

How to enable

To enable the Google Assistant you will need to install the latest app and firmware updates, then once complete you can switch over to Google Assistant on either of those devices.

Once installed you can control your smart home gadgets, Music, ask any number of questions, or start playing content including video on any Android TV or a TV with a Chromecast plugged in.

Limitations

At the moment you will not be able to use Google assistabt to make Calls, Voice match, Interpreter mode or Setting routines in the Google Home app.

Other countries Support

Sonos says the assistant will be coming to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK in July with more countries coming at a later date.

Google unveils Assistant mode for driving

Today is the start of Google IO and already Google have announced a slew of upcoming products such as the Nest Hub Max and Pixel 3a Amanda 3a XL.

Assistant mode presents a feed of suggestions like directions and music.

“We want to make sure drivers are able to do everything they need with just voice, so we’ve designed a voice-forward dashboard that brings your most relevant activities—like navigation, messaging, calling and media—front and center.“

Users can also accept or decline a call with just your voice so that they can keep their eyes on the road and hands at the wheel at all times, the assistant feature will be coming in the summer.

Google unveils Nest Hub Max

Google has been improving their Home hub range with the Google Home hub that was a perfect 6-inch display without a camera that was perfect for the bedside to act as a photo frame when not in use and a full smart display when needed.

Google has stepped up its game with a Hub on. Steroids fro it’s Nest range, this time with a 10-inch HD display that makes watching YouTube and the like much easier.

To tie in the Nest features Google has added a built into Nest camera that with it’s wide angle camera and built in microphone is perfect for Home security and calls via Google Duo.

Google yes voice match in its products to recognise which user is giving it commands, and this time they have added Face Match to recognise users.

“So in the morning, when you walk into the kitchen, the Assistant knows to greet you with your calendar, commuting details, the weather, and other information you need to start your day. And when you get home from work, Hub Max welcomes you home with reminders and messages that have been waiting for you. The Assistant offers personalized recommendations for music and TV shows, and you can even see who left you a video message.

Google points out that all this is on device with camera data never leaving the device. The Nest Hub Max is priced at $229, £219 Aus$349 and scheduled for release in the UK, USA and Australia later this summer.

Google is also rebranding the Google Home hub to Nest Hub and is available at $129.

Tell me a story comes to Google ahead of national story day

Starting today in the U.K., Canada, India, U.S., and Australia both parents and kids can ask their Google Assistant to read them a story.

The new feature comes just before national Tell a story day in both the U.K. AND USA, user simply have to say “Hey Google, tell me a story” or “Hey Google, tell me a bedtime story” and you will then be able to hear over 20 stories such as Goldilocks, sleeping beauty and much more. Users will also need to have the latest version of Google Play Books for Android or iOS installed.

Amazon & Google Smart Speaker Wars

Since Amazon first launched their smart speaker Alexa, Google has been hot in their heels Both are fighting for market share around the globe whilst Apple lags behind with their aim at the premium smart speaker price range

Every Black Friday and Christmas we often see both Amazon and Google discounting their speakers Amazon has just launched its Spring Sale, with several discounts, on its own devices. Their latest version of the Amazon Echo Dot just £29.99. Google isn’t far behind to match it with a great Google Home Mini deal at just £17.99 Spotify are still currently running their free Google mini when you sign up for family sharing.

Google Duplex Planned For iOS


Back in 2018 at Google I/O Google announced Google Duplex which allows users to ask the Google Assistant to call businesses or restaurants to book appointments and reserve tables on your behalf without you needing to touch the receiver yourself.

Surprisingly Duplex is extremely accurate and sounds like a real person, until now only Pixel users in the US could use this feature. Google is slowly expanding the number of cities in the US and even plans on adding supports for iPhone users. According to the support site for Duplex Android phones will require Android 5.0 or higher to use the automated calling service and iOS users simply need to have the Google Assistant installed to get started.

Living in the U.K. it looks like we may have a long wait but given Google’s presentation last year I’m extremely excited to see this in action.


Google’s continued continuity comes to U.K.


Continued Conversation has already been available in US markets for awhile now and Google has finally brought the feature to its U.K. users.

In order to switch on the new feature follow our guide below:

– Head to their Google Home smartphone app.

– Head to their account

– Press settings > Assistant tab > Continued Conversation.


Google event wrap up


A few hours ago Google held their conference and even though we had seen a million leaks of the pixel 3 phone it was nice to finally see it announced and as an iPhone fan I have to say I am impressed. The back of the phone looks a lot like last years model and the front now has a notch however the camera looks amazing.

Google showed shots in low light conditions and compared them to the iPhone Xs and if they hold true they blow them out of the water. Google also showed the ability to choose the best shot from the automatic burst mode similar to what iPhone users can do if they hold down the shutter button.

The pixel 3 comes in three colours Not Pink, Clearly White and Just Black. Prices start at £739 ($799). We’ve ordered a pixel to review when it finally comes.

Google also announced the Google Pixel Stand for wirelessly charging the Pixel 3, new third-generation Chromecast, Google Homehub, Google pixel slate and a new pair of wired Google Pixel Buds.


Google Home Max launches in U.K.


The Google Home Max has finally made its way to the U.K. after being exclusive to just the USA, the Home Max is said to be 20 times more powerful than the ordinary Home speaker, and is said to be able fill even large rooms with high-fidelity sound and a deep, balanced bass due to its 4.5­-inch high-excursion woofers.

The Home Max also features Google’s new AI-powered technology called “Smart Sound,” which allows sounds to adapt to the speaker’s environment. Just place the device wherever you want, and it’ll tune itself to deliver the best sound possible. Home Max is now available from the Google Store and from John Lewis stores for £399.


Google Assistant Routines and Location based coming in next few weeks


On October 4th last year’s October Google held their annual event and announced that Routines would be coming in 2018. Routines allow users to chain together several actions with a single command. For example, saying “Hey Google, I’m home” can “turn on the lights, play your favorite music and more.”

Routines will be available in the coming weeks, as well as setting location-based reminders from Google Home. Discovered by 9to5Google after they tore down a past APK for Insights. Routines will be set from the Google Assistant settings page, Google notes that users will be able to use six routines “that help with your morning, commutes to and from work, and evening at home.” Routines work on both Google Home smart speakers and your phone.


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