Google Assistant Spreading to Android TV
Google today said it is expanding the availability of its Google Assistant to Android TV products. People who own supported TVs and set-top boxes will be able to ask Google Assistant myriad questions about content and other queries. For example, Google Assistant can play movies and TV shows, control smart home products, and help with personal data, such as calendars and events. Google says the Assistant on Android TV will come to the Nvidia Shield, and all Android TVs in the U.S. running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat. Some examples include Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, and Xiaomi Mi Box. Google expects to see Google Assistant reach Android Wear smartwatches, in-car systems, and other devices over the next few months. Last, Google says Assistant is gaining new skills thanks to Actions On Google. For example, Google Assistant will soon be able to answer select questions about Daimler and Hyundai cars. Google Assistant is built into the Google Home product as well as the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
Facebook's Events App Reaches Android Devices
Dec 13, 2016
Facebook has made its Events application available to Android handsets via the Google Play Store. Events By Facebook, released to iOS devices in October, lets users find and schedule things to do with family and friends.
Google Play Eases Pain of Finding Movies and TV Shows in Streaming Apps
Mar 27, 2018
Google today updated its Google Play Store and Google Play Movies & TV apps with new insight when it comes to video streaming services. People can now easily discover which streaming service includes their favorite movie or show.
Facebook's Events App to Help You Find Things to Do
Oct 7, 2016
Facebook today announced a new app called Events, which is meant to help Facebook users find and schedule tings to do with family and friends. The app will highlight events that friends are planning to attend, new events added by liked pages, and updates from events to which users may have already RSVP'd.
Google Photos Debuts Create-Your-Own Themed Movies
Feb 7, 2018
Google today added the ability for people to craft their own themed movies in Google Photos. Google Photos' themed movies assemble photos of people, places, pets, or events and stitches them together — complete with soundtrack — into a shareable montage.
Searching Google for Events Will Now Generate Personal Recommendations
Jul 26, 2018
Google today updated its main search tool with a new emphasis on helping people locate nearby events. Moving forward, generic searches for things like "events near me" will result in a list of events from a variety of sources, as well as vital details about those events.