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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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You will finally be able to type to Assistant instead of talking to it

Google Assistant has been picking up steam since it was announced at last year's I/O. Replacing Google Now as your, well, personal assistant, this iteration has been largely more conversational than its predecessor. Besides the odd selection of features and differences between versions, one of the other hiccups with Assistant has been the constant need to talk to it. Well, not anymore.

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Google announces Google Lens, what Google Goggles always should have been

Google Goggles has been basically dead since 2014. It had no updates for three years, and what little utility it brought was quickly replaced by other services, or merged into existing apps. Well, now Google has disclosed a worthy successor to the idea in the form of Google Lens. Just announced at I/O, the new system will provide contextual information about things visually, like flowers you take pictures of, or text you point your phone at. This is huge.

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Google's speech recognition error rate is now under 5% for US English

It's no secret that one of Google's strengths in recent years has been voice recognition. In my own experience, my Google Home picks up what I am trying to say almost every time, even in a low voice. Obviously the success rate varies by language and accent, but it is still pretty darn impressive.

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