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Google Assistant's 'Updates for you' now appearing for more users

Google Assistant's 'Updates for you' now appearing for more users

Google Assistant has gone through plenty of UI changes over its lifespan so far, and Google unified the old and new Assistant interfaces into a single design back in October. Now a fresh tweak appears to be rolling out to some users that gives the Assistant's Snapshot feature a new icon, leading to an 'Updates for you' page.

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Google Assistant is glitching out on some users

Google Assistant is glitching out on some users

Google Assistant is no J.A.R.V.I.S., but it's come a long way since it was announced in 2016. Not only can it control tens of thousands of smart home devices, but it can also hold calls for you. The sheer utility it offers has made it a part of the lives of users worldwide. Unfortunately, for some of them, it has been unavailable across all devices — including Android/iOS phones and even smart displays/speakers.

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Chrome for Android will soon use Google Assistant for voice input

Chrome for Android will soon use Google Assistant for voice input

Google is slowly phasing out its older voice recognition technology in favor of the Assistant, and the latest Android app to benefit from the transition is Chrome — which is great news for multilingual users. A long-available flag has finally become functional, allowing you to retire the old voice search interface in favor of a snazzy Assistant look.

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Dyson appliances finally get Google Assistant support

Dyson appliances finally get Google Assistant support

Dyson is one of the most popular household appliance makers in the world — its air purifiers and robot vacuums are among the best on the market. Until recently, they were only compatible with Alexa and Siri, but these devices can now also be integrated with Google Assistant.

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Gaming on the Nest Hub and other smart displays is leveling up with these new releases

Gaming on the Nest Hub and other smart displays is leveling up with these new releases

Smart displays are good for lots of useful things, but what about when you just want to unwind and relax? Google brought touch-enabled games to smart displays earlier this year, and now the company is releasing an update that's focused on getting more people playing with a newly revamped gaming screen and a selection of new titles.

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Google Home app rolls out a better and cleaner UI for routines

Google Home app rolls out a better and cleaner UI for routines

Google Home and Assistant routines have improved quite a bit since their launch in 2018. We started with six preset routines then got customization and scheduling, workday organization, home/away presence sensing, and just yesterday discovered sunrise and sunset routines. Turns out that functionality is part of a huge routines overhaul that brings the look of the feature more in line with Google's recent design language. Functionally, though, I'm sad to say not much has changed besides the new sunrise/sunset options.

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Look for this new badge the next time you buy a Google Assistant-compatible gadget — it means a simpler setup process

Look for this new badge the next time you buy a Google Assistant-compatible gadget — it means a simpler setup process

One of the worst things about smart home hardware is the setup process. Some Assistant-compatible devices are almost plug and play, while others need third party integrations with linked services and a long, convoluted setup. Back in 2019, Google added a feature called "seamless setup" that makes the process a whole lot easier, though over a year later, only a handful of things support it. But in the future, smart home gadgets with the feature will get a badge on the box to make them easier to spot.

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Google Assistant Driving Mode is rolling out to more users in the US

Google Assistant Driving Mode is rolling out to more users in the US

More than a year ago, Google announced that the Assistant Driving Mode was supposed to replace the Android Auto interface on phones. It looks like the company ran into significant problems with the software because it took it many months to make good on its promise. The new Driving Mode is only now starting to roll out to more people in the US as an early preview.

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Google is experimenting with Assistant routines that can run at sunrise and sunset

Google is experimenting with Assistant routines that can run at sunrise and sunset

Google Assistant is pretty powerful, especially when you start playing around with some of its more advanced customization options. The company has been adding new routines recently, including ones that sense your presence and keep you on track during the workday. Now it looks like Google is working on two new routines called sunset and sunrise.

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25+ forgotten or hidden shortcuts for your Android homescreen

25+ forgotten or hidden shortcuts for your Android homescreen

When you spend a lot of your day digging into Android as I do, you start looking for ways to get to things faster. One shortcut equals several saved taps and seconds, which add up over a day, week, and more. With time, I've uncovered more and more interesting Android or Google-specific shortcuts that save me every day from the menial and repetitive task of digging into settings or apps. In this article, I'll share some of these shortcuts with you so you too can feel the small joy of reaching your favorite features and settings faster and more efficiently.

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