Google Assistant has had Ambient Mode for quite some time now. The current implementation of it only works on devices like smart displays or alarm clocks. We first saw evidence that the company is working on a version of it for mobile devices when telling strings surfaced in the Google app's code – quickly followed by some images showing Ambient Mode in action on a Pixel phone. Today at IFA, Google is ready to officially launch it. The company unveiled the first batch of mobile devices supporting Ambient Mode, along with announcing Assistant support for a wide range of other audio products. Read More
For whatever reason you need music pumped into the background of an event or the foreground of a party, you have a discomforting number of options for speakers in the market. Well, Samsung-owned JBL has gone and complicated that market a bit further this IFA and while it has typically does a quality job on everything, you might need a little introduction on what all these speakers are good for — that's what we're here for. Read More
Before I bought my Google Home Mini, I used a portable Bluetooth Jawbone Jambox to play music at home, but when I built my smart home infrastructure, I wanted to use Assistant to control my tunes while still being able to carry them around the house. Back then, Google Homes couldn't connect to external Bluetooth speakers, so I invested in a portable Sony one with Chromecast support so I could still enjoy some music while showering.
Nevertheless, a few truly portable and wireless smart speakers later came out on the market and let you interact with Assistant without worrying about cables. Read More
When Google first announced its Smart Display platform, one of the focal points was the kitchen. The Google Assistant would be able to find you recipes, put items into a shopping list, convert units, set timers, and answer simple cooking questions to keep your hands free for the actual task of preparing and cooking a meal. At least, that was the experience in theory. In practice, I've found my smart display to be little more than a glorified timer and music streaming box, with my smartphone continuing to be the invaluable research and display tool I rely on when cooking from a recipe or learning a technique for the first time. Read More
You may already own a Bluetooth speaker or two, but can it plug into a guitar, be used with a mic for karaoke, and wake up your neighbors a few doors down? The JBL PartyBox 200 sure can, and it's currently $50 off at various retailers. Read More
There are a lot of good portable speakers out there, but most come with just Bluetooth and AUX input options. The JBL Link 300 is a Bluetooth speaker that also has Google Assistant and Cast support, making it a Google Home of sorts. JBL is currently selling the certified refurbished Link 300 for $80 on its website — that's $45 less than a new speaker at Best Buy and $170 off the $250 MSRP. Read More
JBL makes some of the best smart Google Assistant speakers around, from the portable Link 10 to the premium Link 500. Right now, you can get the company's entire lineup of Assistant speakers for 57% off at Newegg, including the Link 10 for $79.95. Read More
If you're looking for a big, bad Bluetooth speaker, they don't come much bigger or badder than the JBL Xtreme 2. The sucker weighs nearly seven pounds and comes with a strap to carry it over your shoulder. It's also IPX7 certified for all your outdoor adventuring. Right now, Amazon has it for $199.95, $100 off its MSRP. Read More
Last year's Consumer Electronics Show brought some of the first third-party devices with Google Assistant — Google's virtual helper had only been released a few months prior. This year, we saw a wide variety of devices running Assisant. Beyond the usual mix of smart lights and speakers, there are mirrors, electric car chargers, water systems, and even Insant Pots with Assistant.
For your reading enjoyment, this is every product announced at CES 2019 with Google Assistant (or Google Assistant integration), in no particular order. Read More
As the proliferation of AI-enabled headphones continues, Harman's JBL is adding to its collection with three headsets from the newly-announced Live series, beginning at $100. The Samsung-owned audio subsidiary also revealed several other new mid-range products at CES 2019, including a $30 portable speaker for kids that comes in colors including "Spider Red" and "Froggy Green," and the JBL Flip 5 portable speaker, which features a 4,800mAh rechargeable battery and starts at $100. Finally, Harman is showcasing an app called Personi-Fi that aims to bring personalized audio settings to any streaming device. Read More