Google's 'Scheduled Pause' Lets You Customize WiFi Down Time
Google today added a feature to Google WiFi called Scheduled Pause. The tool is meant to help families control and manage when devices can and cannot access the internet. Using on-device settings, Google WiFi owners can schedule brief pauses in connectivity to assist everyday activities around the home, such as bedtime, dinner, and homework, by making WiFi inaccessible. Google says Scheduled Pause is primarily meant to help parents control screen time in the home. The tool is free to use.
Google Gives Nexus Phones Access to WiFi Assistant
Google this week made its WiFi Assistant feature available to all Nexus devices. The tool is a direct carryover from Google's Project Fi.
Google Shows Off $200 OnHub Home WiFi Router
Google today announced the OnHub, a WiFi router meant for use in the home. Google and hardware partner TP-LINK hid the antennas inside and gave the router a more useful set of lights so people will be more apt to put it out in the open, where it will work better.
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.
Google Home Speaker Now Bluetooth Compatible
Google updated its Google Home speaker with the ability to connect to Bluetooth devices. The search giant first announced the feature at its I/O developer conference earlier this year and has just now enabled the functionality.
Google Assistant Now Features Family Fun Activities
Google today added some 50 games, activities, and stories intended for families to Google Assistant. Using Google Assistant on Android devices or Google Home, families can initiate fun and learning activities by saying things such as "Okay Google, let's learn" or "lets play a game" or "tell me a story." Google says the kid-friendly update is meant to help families spend time pursuing activities together than don't necessarily involve screens.