How to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, or other Google Assistant speaker

Smart speakers and smart displays are still relatively-new types of devices, and since many of them don’t have a screen, it’s not always obvious how to do certain tasks. That includes performing a factory reset, which involves different steps on Google’s smart speakers/displays and third-party Assistant devices.
In this guide, we’ll go over how to factory reset every kind of Google Assistant-powered smart thing. No matter if you’re trying to troubleshoot issues, or sell/give your smart device to someone else, this is an easy process. Read MoreHow to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, or other Google Assistant speaker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tink has the August Smart Lock Pro, Connect, and Keypad bundle for just $183 ($156 off) [Featured Deal]

When investing in smart home upgrades meant to keep you and your family safe, you need to know that you’re getting the best gear from a name you can trust. Founded in 2016, tink has become a leader in the smart home industry by pairing a portfolio of expert-tested products with devoted customer service, all for attractive prices plus free delivery and returns. This Black Friday, tink is offering plenty of discounts on some fantastic smart home products, like this August Smart Lock Pro, Connect, and Keypad bundle for only $182.95 ($156.04 off). Read MoreTink has the August Smart Lock Pro, Connect, and Keypad bundle for just $183 ($156 off) [Featured Deal] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Assistant hits more countries] Sonos will roll out Google Assistant to the One and Beam next week, 19 months after it first teased it

Update 1: 2019/05/14 6:03am PDT

Google and Sonos have announced that a software update will roll out today in the US to the One and Beam speakers, adding built-in support for Google Assistant.

Update 2: 2019/07/02 3:50pm PDT

As promised, the countries that Sonos said would receive the Assistant update in July are now getting it. Those countries are Australia, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the

In October of 2017, Sonos introduced the One speaker with Alexa built in, but it promised Assistant would be coming the next year. Read More[Update: Assistant hits more countries] Sonos will roll out Google Assistant to the One and Beam next week, 19 months after it first teased it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Blast your favorite tunes with $100 off Google Home Max

The Google Home Max is a top-tier smart speaker, with amazing (and incredibly loud) sound. If you’ve wanted to pick one up but you’ve been understandably deterred by the $399 MSRP, now could be your chance: the speaker is $100 off basically anywhere you can find it.

In his review, Ryan said the Google Home Max is the best smart speaker you can buy. Still, 400 bucks is a lot to spend on one speaker, no matter how great it sounds. Read MoreBlast your favorite tunes with $100 off Google Home Max was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant ‘Home Alone Again’ commercial with Macaulay Culkin is pure genius

In a moment fans have waited on for almost 30 years, Macaulay Culkin has recreated some of Home Alone’s most famous scenes. The 38-year-old actor returns in a new commercial as Kevin McCallister – and while the feisty eight-year-old is now fully grown, he’s up to the same tricks previously displayed in the beloved 1990 Christmas classic.

The ad, which advertises Google Assistant and its Google Home products, begins with an establishing shot of the sprawling McCallister house, which in Home Alone becomes the site of Kevin’s ingenious booby traps as he defends it against a pair of robbers.

In just one minute, the video manages to tick several major Home Alone boxes.

“Grown up” Kevin has the house all to himself – which is slightly less of an issue than it was in the original film – and relishes in some alone time.

He runs out of aftershave, echoing the famous scene in which Kevin shaves his face then applies some of the product onto his cheeks, before screaming when he realises it burns his delicate skin. This time around, Kevin simply asks his home assistant to remind him to add aftershave to his shopping list.

Kevin then jumps on his bed, a simple pleasure he enjoys in the 1990 comedy after realising his family is gone.

He watches his favourite movie, the fictional Angels with Filthy Souls, and as he does in one of the most iconic sequences of Home Alone, uses some of the film’s dialogue to talk to a pizza delivery man.

All in all this is the perfect Christmas advert both heartwarming and painfully 2.0 – I won’t spoil all the great moments though. You should really watch this for yourself.

Happy Holidays!

Possibly the best idea for a Christmas movie reboot. What do you think?@madebygoogle and @IncredibleCulk can we make this a real movie for 2020?? #GoogleHomeAlone— Darren Millar (@darrenmillar) December 20, 2018

Ikea's cheap Tradfri smart outlets are now available in a few countries

Ikea’s Trådfri (I just discovered that my keyboard has this weird å character) line-up is one of the cheapest smart home lighting systems, costing only a few bucks per light bulb on average. It started out with limited bulb options, but has expanded to offer light panels, drivers for LED lights, and has just added smart outlets as well. These were announced a while back, but weren’t available to buy until recently. Read MoreIkea’s cheap Tradfri smart outlets are now available in a few countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home supports Brazilian Portuguese, Assistant adds 4 Indian languages beside Hindi

Google Assistant’s language expansion is continuing on. Google had promised that 38 countries and 17 languages would be added in 2018 and many have already launched over the past months. But the year is nearing its end and we’re still a little far from those numbers. Recent additions bring us closer though, as Assistant can now speak four more Indian languages and has expanded Brazilian Portugese’ support to Google Home speakers. Read MoreGoogle Home supports Brazilian Portuguese, Assistant adds 4 Indian languages beside Hindi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Target's Black Friday sale will include $50 off Google Home and Home Hub

Believe it or not, it’s just two weeks and change until Thanksgiving — and more to the point, Black Friday. Target’s ad is out, and the retailer has got some solid deals on Google goods: $50 off the Home and Home Hub, plus money off the Google Home Mini and both Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra.
It seemed obvious Google’s new Home Hub would be discounted for the holiday season, and those who waited will be rewarded. Read MoreTarget’s Black Friday sale will include $50 off Google Home and Home Hub was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TV commercial is spreading unsolicited Christmas Cheer via Google Home devices

Today I noticed something odd when I returned home from my morning croissant and hot chocolate. There was Christmas music playing throughout my house on my Google Home speakers. Eager to find the source, I took to Twitter and quickly found out that I wasn’t alone:

So the Currys Christmas advert starts with “OK Google, play Christmas music”. Yeah, that’s not going to get annoying fast
— Rob Game (@RobGameUK) November 2, 2018

Well thank you @curryspcworld Your ad is now activating our @Google Home to play Christmas music! Not funny! It’s not even December! 😡
— Bradders! (@Bradders_71) November 2, 2018

Hey @curryspcworld, your TV ad just triggered my Google Home to start playing Christmas music quite loudly at 10PM. At least get in touch with Google to blacklist your ads like they do with their own.
— antsu (@4ntsu) November 2, 2018

This may just be an innocent attempt to spread some early Christmas cheer, but in a society where even the smallest of things can offend almost anyone, is this an invasion into our personal lives or even a blatant violation of our privacy.
As home smart assistants become increasingly popular, shall we surrender to the fact that it’s something we’ll have to deal with on a daily basis? I can’t help think it’s one of the most intrusive forms of advertising. I’ve already had to ask Google to stop playing the music 4 times today.
The offending TV commercial is included below. I expect we’ll see a few more of these as holiday commercials ramp up over the following weeks.  Have you been affected by unsolicited Christmas cheer?

Our new 2018 Christmas TV advert is here! The Magic of Christmas, upgraded.Shop the Magic of Christmas at Currys PC World here; https://t.co/eIH6rloIoF #ChristmasUpgraded pic.twitter.com/7Legg6Iy6O
— Currys PC World (@curryspcworld) November 1, 2018

Update: It looks like Google is on the case.

Hey Darren, we’re sorry for the trouble — we’re looking into it. If this happens again, you can file a feedback report with the keywords “Home Ad Triggered”. https://t.co/ocLD88nIQW
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) November 3, 2018

 

Google Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain Disney children's books

Some of Google Home’s best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the “I’m feeling lucky” game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts. Google is expanding on that repertoire with storytelling sound effects for certain Disney stories. Parents in the US can activate the new feature by saying “Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney.” Their Home device will then listen along and play appropriate sound effects and music for the chosen story, which can be selected from a library of 11, with more to come. Read MoreGoogle Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain Disney children’s books was written by the awesome team at Android Police.