Continued Conversation is rolling out to Assistant smart displays

Saying “OK Google” is already more syllables than are required to wake up competing smart assistants like Alexa. Saying it again just moments later to complete another task gets annoying. Google released “Continued Conversation” last year to make Home speakers listen a little longer to catch additional commands. It didn’t work on smart displays like the Home Hub, but that changes today.

Take a quick trip into the Home app settings, and you’ll probably see smart displays available under the Continued Conversation menu. Read MoreContinued Conversation is rolling out to Assistant smart displays 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

Save $80 when you buy a Google Home Hub with select Nest products

Google Home Hub has some neat integrations with various smart home products. You can, for example, use it to adjust thermostats, or see who’s at the front door. Google-owned Nest just so happens to make both smart thermostats and smart doorbells, among other things — and right now, you can save 80 bucks by buying a Hub with select Nest products on the Google Store.

The promotion applies when you buy a Google Home Hub with any of a bunch of Nest products, including security cameras, thermostats, and the Hello smart doorbell. Read MoreSave $80 when you buy a Google Home Hub with select Nest products was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Save up to 54% on Smart Speakers and Wireless Headphones from Bose, Sony, Google and Amazon

As promised, retailed across the web have continued to offer incredible deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. If you’ve missed our other deal posts, you can catch them all here. Today, we’re highlighting the best smart speaker and headphone deals we’ve been able to spot from Best Buy, Amazon and Target which offer savings up to 54% on some of the best products that are currently available.
For easy reference, we’ve divided the products up by category so that you can quickly find the products you might be looking for. Let us know which of these you’re likely to pick up this weekend or if you happen to find a deal that we missed.

Smart Display Speakers

Google Home Hub – $99 (33% discount)
Lenovo Smart Display (8-inch) – $99.99 (50% discount)
Echo Show (2nd Gen) – $179.99 (22% discount)

Smart Speakers

Echo Dot (2nd Gen) – $19.99 (50% discount)
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – $24.00 (52% discount)
Echo Dot (Kids Edition) – $49.99 (29% discount)
Echo (2nd Gen) – $69.00 (31% discount)
Echo Plus (2nd Gen) – $109.99 (33% discount)
Google Home – $79.99 (38% discount)
Google Home Mini – $24.99 (50% discount)
Google Home Max – $349.99 (12% discount)

Over-ear Wireless Headphones

Sony WH-CH700N Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones – $99.99 (50% discount)
Sony 1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones – $199.99 (20% discount)
Bose SoundLink II Wireless headphones – $199 (29% discount)
Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones – $179.99 (40% discount)

 
Wireless Sport Earphones

Google Pixel Buds – $109 (31% discount)
Jaybird X3 – $59.99 (54% discount)
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones – $169 (15% discounts)

 
 
 

Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display updates bring touch alarms and more

Both the Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display have received updates that make them better alarm clocks: you can now set alarms by touch, without the need to talk to the devices. The new functionality comes in firmware version 4.4.1.16+prod on the Lenovo display and version 1.36 on the Home Hub — although the 1.36 update is currently only available for Hubs enrolled in the Google’s Preview Program.

Of course, the updates bring other functionality too. Read MoreGoogle Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display updates bring touch alarms and more 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.

[Update: Duo audio calls too] Google Home Hub supports Duo calls, but the recipient will only see your profile pic

Update 1: 2018/10/23 7:30am PDT

Google has reached out to let us know that the Home Hub supports “Duo audio calls, and there doesn’t have to have a camera on the other end.” We’ve reached back

When the Google Home Hub leaks first started, everyone was miffed by the absence of a front-facing camera for Duo calls. Later, with the device’s official announcement, those leaks were proven to be true, and Google explained that it chose to skip the cam for privacy reasons (though we all know the decision was more likely a matter of competitive pricing.) However, what we didn’t know was that the Home Hub would indeed support Duo calls, even without the camera. Read More[Update: Duo audio calls too] Google Home Hub supports Duo calls, but the recipient will only see your profile pic was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home Hub is built to be the center of your smarthome

Google’s next iteration of its Google Home hardware was unveiled today, the new Google Home Hub. The device is Google’s take on the Smart Display device’s that just hit the market last month. The Google Home Hub features multiple speakers and microphones like other Google Home devices, but its main attraction is its large display that’s big enough to be seen from across a room.
With Google Home Hub, Google Assistant can now identify the voices of everyone in your house so that it can deliver personalized answers to your questions. Gone are the days when you ask for your next calendar appointment and you get an item from your wife’s calendar.
Since the display is pretty large, Google also made sure it wouldn’t become an eye sore. The display will automatically adjust its brightness and screen temperature based on the lighting in the room. If you turn down the lights to watch a movie, Google Home Hub will adjust accordingly so that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
The Home View feature gives you a look at all of the devices that are connected to Google Home, allowing you to see the status of each device so that you can control it or change settings. As you’d expect, 200 million devices from over 1,000 brands. Since not all Google Home users will be upgrading to the Home Hub, Google is also enabling Home View through an app on your phone.

Naturally, there’s deep integration with Nest products. As an example, Google Home Hub’s screen will automatically switch to your Nest doorbell camera as soon as someone rings the bell.
Hub will also work with a new Live Album feature from Google Photos which updates as you take new photos of a specific location, object, events or people. Live Albums can be shared with friends and family so that they can also see your pictures as soon as they are taken. It will filter out blurry shots, duplicates and other images that aren’t perfect for sharing.
Google Home Hub is available for pre-order for $149 starting today and it comes with 6 months free access to YouTube Premium so that you can listen to music without interruption.

Google officially unveils the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate & Google Home Hub

Ladies and gentlemen, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 3 Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate and Google Home Hub. The three new devices match everything we’ve heard about them from their numerous leaks and rumors.
The Google Pixel 3 features a 5.4-inch 1080p display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4GB of RAM, 12MP main camera on the back, dual cameras up front (with a secondary wide-angle lens for better portrait shots), and Google’s amazing AI-driver computational photography algorithm to deliver the best photography experience offered on a smartphone. The Pixel 3 XL comes with all the same features while sorting a larger 6.3-inch display (yes, that notch is as big as the leaks made it look).

Google Home Hub is the next iteration of Google Home which gives you a display so that the Google Assistant can show you information rather than just talk back to you. It comes in four colors, a floating display that’s large enough to see from across the room and does not feature a camera so that user’s don’t have to worry about it spying on you. Hub will also recognize individual voices so that its responses are tailored to each individual in your house.
Google is still on stage, talking about their unique capabilities and design, but we’ll we putting together a detailed post for each product to give you a closer look at their specs are features.
 

New Google hardware lands at FCC, probably the Home Hub

As we inch toward Google’s October event, more details about the company’s upcoming hardware plans slowly trickle out. Most recently, what we believe to be Google’s Home Hub has just cleared the FCC. Although some of the details are still covered by a confidentiality request by Google to the FCC, we know it will support Bluetooth/BLE and 2.4 & 5GHz Wi-Fi.

While the listing doesn’t outright say “Google Home Hub” anywhere in it, a few details like the FCC ID and “Interactive Video Streaming Device ” description are very strong indicators. Read MoreNew Google hardware lands at FCC, probably the Home Hub was written by the awesome team at Android Police.