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You can now send information from your Google Home searches to your phone

You can now send information from your Google Home searches to your phone

Among the dozens of new features we keep discovering about Google Home is one interesting and very useful new feature. You can now have your Google Home send the results of a search to your phone. It's excellent for those instances when you want to read more about something, check again the result later, or share it with someone through an app on your phone.

This works first thanks to the newly brought back Notifications toggle on your phone's Assistant settings and requires personal results to be turned on so it knows which phone to send the results to.

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Google Assistant 'routines' will soon let you personalize multiple actions you can trigger with a single command

Google Assistant 'routines' will soon let you personalize multiple actions you can trigger with a single command

Wouldn't it be great if upon waking up you could say "Ok Google, good morning" to have your lights and coffee machine turned on while the news is read to you? Similarly, when you go to bed, it would be great if you could say "goodnight" to have your lights dimmed and your security system activated. Well, soon™ you'll be able to, thanks to new multi-step actions that can be added to everyday 'routines.'

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You can now turn on and off your Chromecast-connected TV with a Google Home command

You can now turn on and off your Chromecast-connected TV with a Google Home command

It's the little things you guys. Sometimes, you're sitting in the living room and you just want to turn on your TV without reaching for that remote. Sure, you can ask Home to play something on your Chromecast, which will automatically turn the TV on, but then it'll start playing something while maybe you just wanted to see those pretty backdrops. And forget about turning the TV off, that just didn't work.

Until yesterday that is. Google published a new support document that explains that you can now turn on and off the TV with Google Home. You'll need to have a Chromecast connected to your TV and for the TV to support HDMI-CEC with CEC turned on (basically this is what allows the TV to turn on automatically through an HDMI command).

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You can now pick a preferred TV/speaker for media playback with the Google Home

You can now pick a preferred TV/speaker for media playback with the Google Home

Ever since the Google Home was first released last year, you could use voice commands to start media playback on a Chromecast-enabled TV or speaker. For example, you could use commands like "Play The Office on the living room TV" or "play music from Coldplay on the kitchen speaker." Now Google is making that slightly easier, with the ability to pick a preferred device for media playback.

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Here's where to pre-order the Google Home Mini

Here's where to pre-order the Google Home Mini

At its San Francisco event today, Google unveiled a bunch of new products, including the Home Mini. At just $49, the Mini is sure to have enticed a lot of you to finally check out Google's Home ecosystem, but you might be wondering where to get one aside from the Google Store. Don't worry; here's a list of all the retailers we've found that are selling Google's new tech-filled hockey puck.

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Check out all the videos for Google's newly announced products

Check out all the videos for Google's newly announced products

Today was Google's big hardware event, and we saw a ton of new things. There are new phones, new Google Homes, and even a new Chromebook. You can relive it all right now. In addition to the live streamed event, Google posted a number of ads and product demos. Here they all are, organized by product.

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[Update: Correction] Deal alert: Buy a Home or Home Mini from Walmart, get a $25 coupon for your next Walmart order through Google Express

[Update: Correction] Deal alert: Buy a Home or Home Mini from Walmart, get a $25 coupon for your next Walmart order through Google Express

As the craziness of the biggest Google hardware launch ever winds down, we're seeing some more promotions pop up for the Googley goodness. According to the support page, you can score $25 off a Home or Home Mini if you order from Walmart and Express. While knocking $25 off the original Home is nice (similar to the Christmas sales last year), getting $25 off the Mini is a whole 50% off.

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Google will have pop-up 'Donut Shops' with free Google Home Minis

Google will have pop-up 'Donut Shops' with free Google Home Minis

The Google Home Mini is finally official, and you can buy one from the Google Store today. But free things are always better than things that cost money. Since the Home Mini is roughly the size of a donut, Google has set up a few Donut Shops around the United States (and one in Canada) giving them away.

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Pixel 2 purchases will include a free Google Home Mini

Pixel 2 purchases will include a free Google Home Mini

Are you coughing up $650 for a Pixel 2 or $850 for a Pixel 2 XL? Well, assuming you can get an order in (shipping has already slipped to 4-6 weeks for some models), Google will throw in a free Google Home Mini with your purchase.

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Nest camera support is coming to Google Home/Chromecast

Nest camera support is coming to Google Home/Chromecast

Today's Google event isn't just about new Google-branded products. The company announced today that Nest cameras would have deeper integration with the Google Home and Chromecast.

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