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Google Home will now warn you about upcoming events, support for setting reminders is coming soon

One of the problems with "smart" assistants is that they really only help you when you ask them. Just yesterday, Amazon announced that Alexa will start supporting notifications, and now the Home will have a similar system. Called 'Proactive Assistance,' the feature will alert users of important information.

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The Actions on Google platform spreads to phones, with new payment support and a ton of new features

Google has announced that its Actions on Google platform will be coming to the Assistant on iOS and Android. Previously the platform was just available on Google Home, but soon it will work on all your phones, too. This change significantly expands the number of third party services and tools you can access on your phone via Assistant. It even works across devices, so you can pick up your phone and continue your action there if you have to run away for a bit. There are even new tools for developers, as the platform is tied with a new payments API.

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Google Home to add hands-free calling, personalizes the experience

You'll soon be able to make free hands-free calls using your Google Home to any landline or mobile number in the U.S. or Canada. Google announced the feature today and leaped over the Amazon Echo with its ability to call anyone and personalize the experience. Since your Home can recognize who is talking to it, you'll be able to access your own contacts when making a call. So, when you ask it to call mom, it will call your mom and not your roommate's mom.

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Google Home will now let you schedule calendar appointments, reminders coming soon

One of my biggest complaints about the Google Home has been its inability to schedule calendar appointments or set reminders. I tend to forget little things like running a specific errand, cooking supper, or doing the laundry... I take after my father that way. From what I've seen across the internet and from you fine folks who read AP, I am not alone.

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Bluetooth streaming added to Google Home, now you can play anything

Google’s Rishi Chandra took to the stage during Google's I/O keynote to talk about incoming features for Google Home. After announcing that some great music services will be coming to the smart speaker — including Spotify, Deezer, and SoundCloud — he also dropped the news that support for streaming over Bluetooth was incoming.

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Google Home will soon support free Spotify accounts, plus SoundCloud and Deezer

The Google Home already supports a large number of music streaming services - including YouTube Music, TuneIn, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and NPR One. Today at Google I/O, Google announced more services will be compatible - including free Spotify accounts.

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Assistant will soon support French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese, with more to come by the end of the year

Google has just announced at I/O that support for a host of new languages is inbound for Assistant. Some of them were previously present in Assistant, at least at some unofficial level, but now French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese support will be arriving soon, and more languages like Italian, Spanish and Korean will be added by the end of the year.

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Google Home launching in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan this summer

Google Home just launched in the U.K. last month, several months after we in the U.S. had been talking to ours. Continuing the international rollout, Google has announced that Home is going to reach five new countries by the end of this summer: Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan.

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[Update: Now on App Store] Google Assistant is coming to iOS

Two days ago, we shared that Google Assistant was almost definitely about to arrive on iOS. Not to be all "told you so," but, we told you so. At Google's I/O 17 event, the company revealed that Assistant is now officially available for iOS devices.

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Google's computer vision will soon be able to automatically remove obstructions in photos

Google I/O is underway and one of the first topics covered was the great strides the company has made in image recognition software. Further improvements in computer vision are enabling Google products to see the attributes behind the picture and break them down into constituent parts. This is powered by machine learning and capable of some incredible image editing feats.

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