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Wyze just launched a $50 smart thermostat, undercutting virtually all of its competitors

Wyze just launched a $50 smart thermostat, undercutting virtually all of its competitors

Wyze only recently announced its first pair of over-ear headphones and a $30 video doorbell, and the company is continuing its foray into new product categories. It has just unveiled the Wyze Thermostat, a $50 smart thermostat that can be automated via the Wyze app and controlled with voice assistants. It's available for pre-order and will ship in December.

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Google Assistant has a new Halloween song

Google Assistant has a new Halloween song

Google Assistant is full of features you might not know about, including a few songs performed by the digitized voice. Google recently added songs about washing your hands and wearing masks, and now the company is adding a Halloween song to the mix.

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This is what that 'Google X enrollment' notification on your phone means

This is what that 'Google X enrollment' notification on your phone means

When you upgrade to Android 11, you might notice a mysterious-sounding "X Google enrollment" notification appear on first boot, saying "enrollment is running in the background." It disappears after a few seconds, and though it might sound odd, it's no cause for concern: It's just related to the Google Assistant. In fact, Google plans on tweaking the notification in the future to be more clear about what's going on.

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YouTube Music just made queue management on Chromecast much better

YouTube Music just made queue management on Chromecast much better

Google will discontinue Play Music this month, and as such, the company is hard at work improving YouTube Music. One of these enhancements revolves around casting and Google Assistant. Songs you ask the Assistant to play while you cast will now show up in your YouTube Music queue on your phone, and when you start playback via the Assistant, you can tap into the queue by casting to the speaker or display in question.

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The first signs of Google Play Music's impending shutdown have arrived

The first signs of Google Play Music's impending shutdown have arrived

The phasing out of Play Music has been in progress for a while, and the whole service is set to be discontinued this month. It doesn't come as much of a surprise, then, that Google has begun to transition the default music player on Assistant devices from Play Music to YouTube Music. This also means that most users are now getting ads in between their own songs.

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Android might soon allow you to set Google Assistant volume independently

Android might soon allow you to set Google Assistant volume independently

Android gives you separate volume control for media, notifications, and alarms, but Google appears to be working on adding a fourth slider to the mix. The AOSP Android 11 code suggests that the company is at least considering to add dedicated volume control for voice assistants, including but not limited to Google Assistant.

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Assistant shortcuts appearing in new silent lockscreen notification

Assistant shortcuts appearing in new silent lockscreen notification

A new lockscreen notification loaded with command shortcuts for the Google Assistant has started appearing for some in what we assume is a test. The notification is silent, only appears when the phone is locked, is dismissable, and can bug out a bit in certain dark mode implementations, like Samsung's One UI.

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Google Assistant now works with over 50,000 smart home devices

Google Assistant now works with over 50,000 smart home devices

Back in 2018, Google touted that the Assistant worked on over 10,000 smart home gadgets from 1,000 different brands — that's quite a lot of speakers, smart bulbs, cameras, and other hardware that the Assistant can either control or is built into. But in the two intervening years, that number has further exploded, and today Google claims that the Assistant now works with over 50,000 devices from over 5,500 brands. That's some serious growth.

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Google reveals new Snapshot features, plus a 'show me my day' shortcut

Google reveals new Snapshot features, plus a 'show me my day' shortcut

Google has taken today to make a handful of new and recently spotted changes in Assistant's Snapshot interface official, while also revealing a whole new way to access it. Just say "Hey Google, show me my day" to see your Snapshot, loaded with cards showing timely details from your agenda, weather, commute, and to-dos, plus restaurant, podcast, and recipe recommendations — all among an even bigger list of potentially useful stuff.

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Play Music is dying, and some people still can't make YouTube Music their default provider in Assistant

Play Music is dying, and some people still can't make YouTube Music their default provider in Assistant

Play Music will disappear over the next few months, starting with South Africa and New Zealand in September and the rest of the world following in October. While YouTube Music (YTM) is already an almost full-fledged (albeit quirky) replacement in the US and many parts of Europe, the same can't be said for some other countries. In some, YTM isn't available as a default music provider in the Assistant, and there's no proper voice control for Google's latest streaming service, either.

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