Google Assistant to Live In (Your) Google Home
Google today made its Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home, available for preorder. Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant. The device resembles a Bluetooth speaker, and in fact contains a speaker for playing music. The Assistant, which is also baked into the new Pixel smartphones from Google, is able to help people with a wide number of queries and tasks. For example, people can ask Google Home to play tunes from third-party music services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, and others; to perform language translations or math conversions; check commuting times or the weather; and much more. Further, it interacts with Google-owned Nest products for controlling in-home thermostats and security cameras. The Google Home can be preordered from Google's web site. The Home costs $129. People can customize their Google Home with swappable bases for $20 each. Google Home ships in November.
Nest Cameras Gain Door Recognition, Apps Gain Better Notifications
Feb 14, 2017
Nest today updated its camera software and mobile app for Android and iOS devices with new features and tools for keeping homes safe. In conjunction with its line of indoor and outdoor security cameras and Nest Aware, the Nest mobile app has learned to recognize doorways.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
AT&T Customers Will Be Able to Send Text Messages via Amazon Echo
Nov 17, 2016
The AT&T Send Message Skill, set to be made available on November 19, will let AT&T customers send text messages by asking their Amazon Echo to do it for them. The skill we be added to the Amazon Alexa application (for Android and iOS).
Pandora Launches Premium Music Service
Mar 13, 2017
Pandora today finally launched its long-awaited Pandora Premium music service for mobile devices and the web. Pandora Premium is a $10-per-month music streaming service that competes with Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.