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[Update: More retailers] The Lenovo Smart Clock is already $60 ($20 off) from Walmart

The Lenovo Smart Clock is more or less a Google Home Mini with a screen and some added alarm functionality. It's a decent little device, but the initial price of $80 was somewhat ridiculous especially when you could buy a Google Nest Hub for even less. Just a month after its release, the Smart Clock has now dropped to $59.99.

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[Update: Clarification, more countries] 'New Google Assistant' on Pixel 4 exclusive to US at launch, only speaks English

Throughout the years, the Google Assistant has continually gotten smarter and more competent. It's already regarded as the best among its AI assistant peers, and it has become more helpful by simplifying multitasking across apps and letting you manage your private activity data with just your voice. These spiffy new Assistant features, however, will initially be limited to the US and only in English; support for additional languages and countries will arrive at a later date.

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Google Assistant hotword bug could keep your screen awake indefinitely

Google Assistant is superb when it works the way it's supposed to, and 98% of the time, it does. Unfortunately, no bit of software is perfect, and if you own more than one device with "Hey, Google" hotword detection enabled, this useful tool can go awry in unwarranted ways.

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Google is giving some Assistant and YouTube Premium users free Home Minis

Google has been known to give away free Home Minis from time to time, and as we approach the release of a new model, it's not slowing down. Users of YouTube Premium and the Google Assistant are reporting that Google is offering them free Home Minis just for using Google services.

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Pixel Buds are primed to receive 'Hey Google' hotword detection

Love them or hate them, the first-generation Pixel Buds were more than Google's first foray into the wireless headphones arena. Launching with an exclusive instant language translation feature powered by Assistant, the Pixel Buds were an initial look at what Google's AI savvy could do for the hearable product category. New information gathered by 9to5Google suggests that Pixel Buds are about to get just a little bit smarter via a new – yet currently non-functional – Assistant hotword recognition setting appearing on some devices.

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Google Home app adds proper sprinkler icons and controls

Earlier in April, the Google Assistant gained a new ability to natively control smart sprinkler and pipe leak detector products from Rachio, Rain Bird, LeakSmart, and Flo by Moen. However, until now, sprinklers didn't properly display inside the Google Home app and couldn't be controlled from it. That's been addressed now.

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Issa Rae is Google Assistant's second celebrity voice cameo

Google finally released its John Legend Assistant voice in spring 2019, which was almost a year after it first teased the capability. Now, Google is preparing a second celebrity voice cameo, none other than actress and web video producer Issa Rae. This option rolls out today, but not for everyone.

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Google is testing video tutorial bubbles in its search app

Within a few months of withdrawing topic bubbles from the Discover feed, Google has reintroduced similar elements for some of its search app users as part of a server-side test. Only this time, the bubbles serve a different purpose and are actually helpful.

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Marshall Major III Voice has Google Assistant functionality and 60 hours of battery life

Marshall’s Major III headphones are already very well-regarded, and the company is launching a new version that should be even more popular among Android users. Available on October 16th for $169.99, the Marshall Major III Voice is a new iteration of the Major III that adds Google Assistant functionality.

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Google announces new privacy features and upgrades its password manager

With the increasing scrutiny around the privacy of users, Google has announced some new features to give us all some additional peace of mind. Updates to Maps, YouTube, and Assistant will make it easier to control how much of your data the company has access to, and Password Checkup will help you ensure everything stays secure.

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