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Google Assistant Now Provides Topical Word Suggestions

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


Google has gradually been improving its artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant called Google Assistant. Just last week, it announced that users will now be able to type in their commands to Assistant if they don’t want to use voice commands. Assistant is also capable of offering users topical next-word keyboard suggestions so that they can punch in their commands quickly by relying on these suggestions.

This feature depends on the kind of keyboard being used on the Android device. Gboard users will see the suggestions line disabled entirely and Assistant’s suggestions will be shown in that place instead.

Users who have a third-party keyboard installed on their device, like Swiftkey, will see proposed next-word suggestions from Google Assistant in another line above the keyboard’s own suggestions.

Having two rows of suggestions on top of a virtual keyboard that already takes up considerable screen real estate isn’t exactly ideal implementation, therefore, those who want to take advantage of this feature will be better off with Gboard.

Next-word suggestions from Google Assistant appear to be very similar to autocompete queries that are displayed when using Google search. They vary depending on the context.

This feature is now live and accessible to all those who have an Android smartphone that’s compatible with Google Assistant.

Google Assistant Now Provides Topical Word Suggestions , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant Beats Out The Competition In Understanding Accents

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

Just because you speak English it doesn’t mean that your English sounds the same compared to the person standing next to you. This is because there are variances like the timbre in your voice, your upbringing, your gender, and of course things like race and heritage play a part in the way you sound.

This clearly presents as a challenge when developing voice-based software in which developers need to ensure that their software can understand as many accents as possible. That being said, which software works the best? That’s what the folks at WIRED tried to found out in a test in the video above, where they took a bunch of participants with various accents and tested them out on the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri.

For anyone who’s used Google Now or Google Assistant, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that Google Assistant came out on top in the test. Participants were told to deliberately mispronouncing words and names to see if the software could catch on, and for the most part Google Assistant held its own and stumbled a bit when it came to Italian accents.

Apple’s Siri came in second while Amazon’s Alexa platform performed the worst of the three, although we guess to be fair Amazon’s entrance into the voice recognition software was recent, so perhaps with time we can expect improvements to be made to Alexa.

Google Assistant Beats Out The Competition In Understanding Accents , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Soon You’ll Be Able To Send Money Using Google Assistant

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

Sending money over instant messenger isn’t a new feature. In fact we’ve seen quite a few platforms support the feature, such as with Facebook Messenger and Gmail, and soon it seems that you can use Google Assistant to perform such actions too, as confirmed by Google on its Android Developers blog.

According to Google, “In the upcoming months, we’ll also enable people in the U.S. to send or receive payments via the Google Assistant. On your Google Home or Android device, it’s as simple as saying “Ok Google, send $10 to Jane for pizza.” All you need is a debit card linked to your Google account.”

As you can see from the GIF on the right, using your voice is just the first step and users will need to use their fingerprints to verify and authenticate themselves before the transfer takes place. This means that users won’t need to go through separate apps or swap between multiple apps and remember account numbers to make transfers.

Of course all of this is designed to keep users within Google’s ecosystem, but we can imagine that it will be much more convenient. No word on when the feature will roll out so we guess users will just have to keep an eye out for it.

Soon You’ll Be Able To Send Money Using Google Assistant , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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LG And GE To Add Support For Google Assistant In Their Appliances

Tyler Lee May 18, 2017

Google Assistant was originally designed to live on smartphones and the Google Home, but given how we’re starting to see home appliances starting to integrate Amazon’s Alexa AI, we guess it isn’t surprising to learn that both LG and GE have announced that they are planning to integrate Google Assistant into their home appliances.

The best part is that it seems that the companies are planning on updating their existing line of products to make them compatible with Google Assistant and Google Home, which means that you won’t have to purchase brand new equipment if your current appliance is already supported with the upcoming feature.

This includes appliances such as fridges, ovens, washers, dryers, and so on. However before you get too excited at the prospect of being able to speak to your washer and tell it to start washing your clothes, users will still need a device like Google Home or their phone in order to communicate with their appliances, but basically with the integration of Google Assistant, the company plans on making it a one-stop shop, kind of like what the Home app is for iOS devices.

LG is expected to roll out support later this month, while GE has stated that support should have already begun rolling out.

LG And GE To Add Support For Google Assistant In Their Appliances , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant For Android TV Launching This Year

Adnan Farooqui May 17, 2017


Google has made some interesting announcements today at the I/O 2017 developers conference. The company has confirmed that Google Assistant for Android TV is going to be released later this year. It’s no surprise that Google is expanding its AI-powered assistant to more platforms, it was only a matter of time before it did that.

The company shared some information about Android TV’s progress at I/O 2017 today. It revealed that the Play Store now hosts more than 3,000 Android TV apps.

Google’s vice president of engineering for Android Dave Burke confirmed on stage at I/O 2017 today that Google Assistant is going to be released for Android TV later this year. He also mentioned that Assistant will be accompanied by a brand new launcher for Android TV.

Another interesting figure that the company revealed during the event today was that it’s seeing more than one million Android TVs coming online every two months. That’s significant in its own right and goes to show that Google has hit the ground running with Android TV.

Google is yet to confirm precisely when this update is going to be released for Android TV so it’s unclear right now how long users will have to wait before they get Assistant and a brand new launcher on their smart TV.

Google Assistant For Android TV Launching This Year , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant Picks Up New Features, Launches On iPhone

Adnan Farooqui May 17, 2017


At its I/O 2017 developers conference today, Google announced that it’s adding a handful of new features to Google Assistant. The company also confirmed reports that Assistant will be making its way to the iPhone as a standalone app. Google has confirmed today that Google Assistant is being launched for iPhones as a separate app.

Users can schedule new calendar appointments and create reminders using Google Assistant on Google Home starting today. Support for more than 70 smart home partners means that Google Assistant can now control a wide variety of smart connected devices. It’s also possible to type your query to Google Assistant on smartphones starting today.

In the coming months, Assistant will be able to connect the user to mobile phones or landlines in the United States and Canada for free. No setup, phone or additional app will be required for this feature.

Google Home is getting Bluetooth support so that it can be used to play audio from any mobile device. Visual responses from Assistant on TVs will be added later this year as well. This way, Assistant answers will be displayed on the big screen when a Chromecast is plugged in.

Google Assistant is making its way to the iPhone today. It’s going to be available for iPhones running on iOS 9.1 and up. The app will be available later today from the App Store.

The AI-powered smart assistant from Google is soon going to be rolled out to eligible Android smartphones in Brazilian Portuguese, French, German and Japanese. It will have support for Italian, Korean, and Spanish by the end of this year.

Google Assistant Picks Up New Features, Launches On iPhone , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant For iOS Launch Expected Soon

Adnan Farooqui May 15, 2017


A new report claims that Google Assistant for iOS launch is going to take place soon. It may be announced as soon as this week at Google’s I/O developer conference. Assistant is reportedly going to be launched as a standalone app for iOS. Details are slim at this point in time but if an announcement is due soon, there’s not going to be a better stage than I/O 2017 for Google to make it.

AndroidPolice hears from a trusted source that Google Assistant launch for iOS may take place as soon as this week. It will be launched as a standalone app for Apple’s mobile platform.

The app is reportedly going to offer a mix of the chat style features in the Google Allo version of Assistant and the voice-enabled version found on Android. This isn’t confirmed, though, so the final implementation could end up being different.

The report also mentions that the Google Assistant for iOS launch is only going to be limited to the United States initially. It remains to be seen how long the company will take to expand it to other markets across the globe.

Google should make the announcement at I/O 2017 if one really is due. It’s the company’s software-focused event so it’s the appropriate place to make an announcement like this.

Google Assistant For iOS Launch Expected Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Home Now Offers Access To Over 5 Million Recipes

Adnan Farooqui April 26, 2017

Devices like Google Home are great for use in the kitchen. They’re powered by artificial intelligence-backed smart assistants that can help with simple queries like how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon or even provide full recipes for delicious meals. Google Home is now much better at helping out in the kitchen. Google today announced that it has increased the number of recipes available on Google Assistant, which powers Google Home, to more than 5 million.

Google Home users can access this massive library of recipes which coves more than 5 million meals by simply issuing voice commands to the device. Commands like “Ok Google, let’s made pizza” will work perfectly.

Alternatively, users can find these recipes through the Google Search app on iOS and Android. Once they find the one they link, it can easily be sent to Google Home with just one tap. Google Assistant will then automatically start working through the recipe when it hears the voice command “Ok Google, start cooking.”

The assistant will divide the recipe into a number of steps that users can also ask it to repeat or check back on by mentioning the relevant step number in their voice command. It’s not like Google Assistant wasn’t able to provide access to some recipes in the past but this new update is definitely going to make it very useful in the kitchen.

It’s pulling these recipes from the likes of Bon Appetit and Food Network so there’s bound to be something for everyone. This feature will be live on all Google Home devices as well as the Google Assistant app in the coming weeks.

Google Home Now Offers Access To Over 5 Million Recipes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Hyundai Blue Link Now Works With Google Home/Assistant

Tyler Lee April 14, 2017

In futuristic movies, everything seems to be voice controlled, where you can wake up, tell your home AI to read you the news, make a pot of coffee, check the traffic, and so on. That future is almost here as more companies are starting to make their devices smarter than ever. For Hyundai owners, it seems that the company’s Blue Link app just got more functional.

In an announcement on its website, Hyundai has revealed that its Blue Link now works with Google Home and Google Assistant. This was actually demonstrated earlier this year at CES 2017, but we guess the feature is finally here. What this means is that users will now be able to control their connected cars using Google Home/Assistant.

According to Hyundai, “The Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant allows control of various functions of a Hyundai vehicle with simple voice commands. These commands can include “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 82 degrees, “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to send the address of the Empire State Building to my Sonata”, and “Ok Google, ask Blue Link to unlock my car”.”

In addition to this announcement, Hyundai also revealed that in a bid to get more users using the features, Blue Link Connected Care, Remote, and Guidance packages are now free for 3 years on all 2018 Hyundai models.

Hyundai Blue Link Now Works With Google Home/Assistant , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Home Can Keep An Eye On Airline Prices For You

Adnan Farooqui April 13, 2017


If you tend to travel a lot or just like to keep an eye or airline prices should you decide to go somewhere on a whim, Google Home is now going to make life easier for you. The company’s smart speaker, which is powered by the AI-backed Google Assistant, is now capable of monitoring airline prices. Google Home can also help plan trips and check flight statuses.

You can give Google Home a relevant voice command if you need it to track a flight status for you, however, for this feature to work you will need to have Personal Results turned on.

It can also find information about flights and their prices and can even suggest what popular activities that you should look into doing when you reach your destination.

For example, to get information about their current flights, Google Home users can give voice commands like “Ok Google, is my flight on time?” They can even add an airline name in there to get the correct answer.

For the price tracking feature, commands like “Ok Google, How much are flights to New York City in 3 weeks?” will work. Flight search can also be filtered by airline, dates, and by the number of stops.

To get suggestions on what to do when you get there, just ask “Ok Google, what are the things to do in Paris?” Makes life so much easier, doesn’t it?

Google Home Can Keep An Eye On Airline Prices For You , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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