Friday, 28 July, 2017

What's happening with Google Assistant and Home launching in Australia

Kayla Schwartz | 20 May, 2017, 00:43

Well, save for Google Assistant confirming with you the card that you want it to use for payment, but other than that the process is pretty fast and simple, and the whole thing is hands-free. When the app recognizes someone in a picture who you may know it will automatically suggest sending the pic to that friend or group of friends in your social network (based on connections in Gmail and the Google Photos app).

Talking more about the new OS, it will be getting rebuilt set of Google apps that use less memory, storage space, and mobile data. Now that developers can write Actions for the Assistant, it effectively turns the iPhone into an extension of Google's existing platforms. But for Google, it's far more important that people are using its apps and services wherever they are - Android, iOS, the desktop, or sitting in their living room.

VPS can be combined with an audio (Assistant) to provide directions around nearby objects and obstacles - useful for the vision impaired. That includes all the Google app ranging from Google Chrome to YouTube.

Alternatively, snap the signboard of a restaurant you are walking past and Google Lens will bring up information such as reviews and contact details for the restaurant in question.

Features-wise, Google Home is now clearly ahead of Echo.

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Google is working on rolling out a global experience, but for the time being expect some features to remain a US-only exclusive at launch. They're cognisant that Home is a shared device, and that's a pretty common theme for a lot of the integrations that Google Home performs, they don't want to interrupt your workflow.

When will Google Home calling be ready? If they can do so much in such a short amount of time, and begin to threaten the current dominance of Amazon Echo devices - which we are confident they eventually will - then that is a huge validation of what Google can achieve in the next few years.

More features like setting reminders and adding calendar entries from Google Home are also now going to be live! And if phones running Android Go are lower priced, you can rest assured that retailers will try and push slightly more expensive options at buyers, stressing the presence of "full Android" - yes, most users might not get the real meaning of the term, but hey, anything that is "full" sounds good. GE, LG, and Whirlpool smart appliances can now be connected to the Google Home speaker you'll be buying soon enough.

Google said it will only support outbound calls at launch due to customer privacy, but it plans to add blocking "in the coming weeks".

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