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Keep an eye on your home with a TP-Link Kasa Indoor Camera for $40 ($20 off)

Smart home technology has taken indoor (and outdoor) security to the next level. If you're looking for some added surveillance in your house, with smart action capabilities, the TP-Link Kasa Indoor Camera is worth considering. It's currently available for only $40 $20 cheaper than the usual price-tag.

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Google Assistant will soon remember where you left a video or podcast across your speakers and displays

With Google I/O falling victim to a global pandemic this year, a whole round of developments on Google Assistant has gone unannounced. But the company has made up for that opportunity with a presentation at the Voice Global 2020 virtual summit, revealing new tools for developers and new expectations for consumers when they interact with smart displays and speakers going forward.

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Android TV might soon support multi-user Voice Match for Google Assistant

Most, if not all, Android TV remotes come with a dedicated Google Assistant button. It allows you to speed up a ton of interactions and makes accessing shows and apps not instantly accessible on the homescreen easier. However, most TVs are shared between multiple family members, so it's a bummer that Assistant can't tell who's talking to it, especially since Google's smart speakers and displays are capable of customizing results via Voice Match. That feature might soon make the jump to Google's TV platform.

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Google Assistant’s Find My Device command finally helps you locate more than 2 phones

Google's Find My Device service is invaluable when you lose your phone while you're out and about, but it's also great if your handset disappears in the vast void that is your couch, bed, or hallway. Just hit up Google Assistant on one of your smart home speakers or displays and ask it to "Find my device." However, for people who juggle more than two phones at once (like us here at Android Police), this can quickly turn into a frustrating experience, as Google would only help you find the two most recently used phones. That has changed — the Assistant will now give you a selection of up to nine phones at a time.

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Fitbit is preparing to add support for the Google Assistant

Google has been making a big deal about its Assistant for a long time now, going so far as to call it "your own personal Google." It's made it onto phones, Chromebooks, and smart speakers, but it's never been available on a third-party smartwatch — until now! According to code found in the latest version of the Fitbit Android app, the company is working on adding integration with the Google Assistant.

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Google is starting to treat third-party smart speakers as first-class citizens

Google has just announced a handful of changes that are rolling out to third-party Assistant speakers. As usual, some of these changes are old (Google loves to announce stuff way after it actually lands), and the very short version is that Google is opening up three important Assistant features to some third-party smart speakers.

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Google swiftly renames DC street Black Lives Matter Plaza on Maps, gives Assistant BLM answers

Google's been rolling out a few changes in response to current events. Following the official renaming of a two-block stretch of 16th street in Washington DC in front of the White House to "Black Lives Matter Plaza," Google has also updated that street section's name on Google Maps. The company has further added some new Assistant responses when customers ask it questions like "do Black lives matter?"

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Google accidentally publishes developer details for doorbell and styler Assistant integrations

Over the weekend, Google tweaked and subsequently reverted a change to its Assistant developer documentation. Two ostensibly "new" device types were added to its list: doorbells and stylers. Note, neither of these are actually new, and Assistant-integrated products in both categories already exist. We're pretty sure Google simply leaked developer- and manufacturer-facing documentation for the two categories that wasn't previously public.

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'OK Google, open Assistant settings' could be the simplest way to get to Assistant settings

The Google Assistant is incredibly powerful once you start diving deeper into all of the custom voice commands and routines you can build for it. Unfortunately, these options live in the Assistant settings, which is rather hidden and hard to access — you need to invoke the Assistant, swipe up, wait for your profile picture to show up in the top right corner, and tap it to head there. Google seems to recognize this and has highlighted a neat voice command that gets you there instantly: "OK Google, open Assistant settings."

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Google Recorder gets Assistant integration in v1.2 (APK Download)

Google's third big Pixel feature drop arrived yesterday, and while it was a little lighter on standout features than the two previous, some interesting upgrades for the Recorder app were included. The ability to control it with the Google Assistant makes an already great app even more useful, as does saving transcripts directly to Google Docs so you can use them more easily later.

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