Smart wall outlets are an inexpensive but neat way to make your house smarter. But if you needed a little push to grab some, Lightstory smart outlets are currently being discounted by 30% on Amazon. These are some of the cheapest Assistant-compatible plugs we've seen, and they're available in 2, 3, and 4-packs. Read More
Hisense announced some new TVs back at CES in January, but we haven't heard a peep since then. Today, the H9 Plus Series 4K TVs are available for purchase. Why is this relevant? These TVs have Android TV and Assistant built-in. Read More
Back in February, Google said that it would be adding 30 more languages to Google Assistant "over the next few months." Of the languages that had been name-dropped at the event, only Hindi and Indonesian have been added, but another has just joined the club: Thai. Read More
Yesterday, at its second annual Google for Brazil event, the company revealed both future plans and updates for its products and services in the country. If you remember, last year Google made a similar set of announcements for Indonesia, and now it's Brazil's turn. The details released cover the range from amusing to useful, with a bit of philanthropic education mixed in, too. Read More
Unless you've been living under a rock in recent weeks, you may have heard about some soccer thing that's happening soon (football, to those of us this side of the Atlantic). The 2018 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, and Google has some tricks up its sleeve to assist fans around the globe. As the tournament kicks off with Russia vs Saudi Arabia next Thursday, new features in the Google app will help you keep up with all the action. Other Google products will also be on hand to improve the experience, including Assistant, News, Trends, and Maps. Read More
Back at I/O in May, Google revealed a bunch of features for Lens—some of which were already being tested in some form, but all of which were pretty slick. Based on a mixture of recent reports, our own experiences, and Google's recent tweets, the new features Google described should have arrived on most compatible phones as of yesterday. The snazzy new functionality in Lens includes real-time detection, Smart Text selection, and a new white UI. Read More
Google's pop-up marketing might be limited in scope, but it seems like fun. Last year Google did a donut-related promotion that saw the company giving away bags containing either a pair of the baked goods or a Google Home Mini. Now residents or visitors in New York, Chicago, LA, and Atlanta will be able to enjoy some good Read More
old-fashioned Google Home Mini Golf. (Get it? Home Mini, Mini Golf?)
Back at CES, lock maker Schlage said it was on track to add support for Google Assistant to its popular Sense Smart Deadbolt. The company didn't have a firm timeline for the release but said it would be in the first quarter of the year. Well, that clearly didn't happen. It is happening today, though. Schlage says Google Assistant is now supported on the Sense Smart Deadbolt, but some functions are still limited to the app. Read More
A few months ago, I took a look at both of SōLIS' entry-level Chromecast speakers, the SO-3000 and SO-6000, which impressed me with their sound quality and designs; they featured Cast, Bluetooth, and line-in support. But pricing felt a little steep, especially for the SO-6000.
This time around, I took a look at the next step up in SōLIS' product line: the SO-7000. This cube has all of the benefits of its cousins, but it packs more of a punch, especially with the bass.
Despite a weird bug and a tendency to go into a deep sleep, the SO-7000 is definitely one of the best Chromecast speakers you can buy right now. Read More