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Google Assistant can now track wellness data from third-party services

Google Assistant can now track wellness data from third-party services

About a year ago, Google signed an agreement to acquire Fitbit and therefore create its own lineup of wearables. Although the deal is still pending regulatory approval, both companies have been working on joining forces and bringing their services together. Just a few days ago, Fitbit's new operating system built native Assistant integration to the company's watches, in addition to Alexa.

To further complete this process, Assistant has received a new Wellness section, which integrates with Fitbit trackers and lets you access sleep data from any assistant-compatible device.

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Google Assistant will now work alongside Alexa and Bixby on your Samsung smart TV

Google Assistant will now work alongside Alexa and Bixby on your Samsung smart TV

Samsung’s voice assistant, Bixby, has been something of a disappointment. We’ve already started seeing some features getting dropped and the company is apparently even considering killing it entirely. While Bixby’s fate isn’t sealed yet, Samsung has stopped forcing its half-baked assistant down its users’ throats. The latest example comes with its TV range, which is now getting support for the Google Assistant, a year after Alexa was added.

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Fitbit OS 5.1 adds Google Assistant integration to the Sense and Versa 3

Fitbit OS 5.1 adds Google Assistant integration to the Sense and Versa 3

Following its acquisition in progress, Google already confirmed that it would add the Assistant to the latest Fitbit smartwatches, the Versa 3 and the Sense, and today, it has arrived as part of Fitbit OS 5.1. The update will roll out to the two health trackers starting today, and it packs a few more things on top of the Assistant: Automatic SpO2 readings at night without the dedicated watchface, new SpO2 clockfaces, audible Alexa replies, and more.

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Google Assistant and Fi get more features for the whole family to enjoy

Google Assistant and Fi get more features for the whole family to enjoy

Google is pushing several new family-oriented features for Google Assistant users and customers of its virtual cellular carrier, Google Fi, that will enable parents to easily and more thoroughly manage their children's relationship to these potent services.

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Grab a Kasa Spot security camera 2-pack for $130 ($50 off) from Amazon

Grab a Kasa Spot security camera 2-pack for $130 ($50 off) from Amazon

It's important that we keep our smart homes safe, and one way of doing so is using security cameras. Finding the right camera for your needs can be difficult, as well as expensive. Thankfully, Amazon is currently selling a Kasa Spot 2-pack for $130 ($50 off), which will certainly help keep your house safe.

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How to control Chromecast with Google TV volume using your phone

How to control Chromecast with Google TV volume using your phone

The Chromecast with Google TV isn't like your old Chromecast — it's the first to come with proper Android TV and a remote that even works with your TV or soundbar. However, that's where some problems are introduced. Depending on how you've set up the Chromecast remote, you might notice that it's become impossible to control the volume via Google Assistant or your handset when you cast from your phone. Here's what you need to know if you want to enable that functionality.

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Philips Hue is discontinuing integration with Nest products, but only temporarily

Philips Hue is discontinuing integration with Nest products, but only temporarily

Google and branding have a complicated relationship. The company has never been especially good at sticking with a single direction, often reversing course or renaming an entire product line after it's been released. The "Works with Nest" program is being replaced by "Works with Hey Google" program, and the transition might cause some confusion to customers using Philips Hue lights with certain Nest products.

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Get a set of four C by GE smart bulbs plus a smart plug for just $20 from Best Buy ($30 off)

Get a set of four C by GE smart bulbs plus a smart plug for just $20 from Best Buy ($30 off)

Smart homes are super cool and really handy, but they can also be expensive to set up. Thankfully, that's not always the case. Best Buy is currently offering a big discount on a pack of four C by GE smart light bulbs and a smart plug, too. Normally priced at $49.99, this bundle is just $19.99 right now — a full $30 in savings.

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Lenovo Smart Clock Essential review: a Google Assistant speaker that's a (time)keeper

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential review: a Google Assistant speaker that's a (time)keeper

The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is a clock radio. A glorified clock radio. A more sensible, smart clock radio. But a clock radio nonetheless. It tells the time and weather and it's a Google Assistant speaker to boot. I'll even go out to say that it's a well-made, well-intentioned product. But is it one you'd want to bring home? That depends on what you want out of your Assistant devices, but I like the Smart Clock Essential.

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Gboard is rolling back Assistant-powered voice dictation for many

Gboard is rolling back Assistant-powered voice dictation for many

The new Google Assistant on the Pixel 4, 4a, and 5 is much faster and more capable than the regular voice control interface on other Android phones. It's tightly integrated with system functions, allowing you to use it to reply to messages and interact with apps without ever touching your screen. We also covered that the advanced Assistant can even power voice typing in Gboard. After a brief period of a wider rollout, it appears that Google is halting the update again and reverting back to the old voice typing experience for many.

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