Google Pixel Gains Access to Home Control Functions
Google today made it possible for the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to control some smart home products through the Google Assistant. Pixel owners can now interact with Belkin Wemo and Honeywell smart home products, for example. Users will need to add each smart home product manually to their Pixel via the app. Once added, people can utter requests such as, "Ok Google, turn the temperature up downstairs" to adjust the thermostat. This functionality requires the latest version of Google Play Services as well as the latest Google app.
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Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
Google Home Gains More Home Automation Powers
Google today expanded the number of third-party smart home apps that can be controlled by its Google Home product. Owners of Google Home can now control Belkin Wemo and Honeywell smart home products via Google Home.
Google Home Gains Voice-Based Shopping to Compete with Amazon Echo
Google today added the ability to shop for certain goods to its voice-controlled Google Home speaker. Google says people can use Google Home to purchase everyday essentials from more than 50 national and local retailers.