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Google Assistant is stepping up its bilingual efforts with a new Spanish accent

Google Assistant is stepping up its bilingual efforts with a new Spanish accent

Google Assistant is great. Calling it the one virtual assistant to rule them all wouldn't be much of a stretch, but that doesn't make it perfect. There are some things it still struggles with, including pronouncing words from varied languages. Thankfully this is something Google is looking to rectify, starting with Assistant's take on Spanish.

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Sorry folks, it looks like Active Edge may not be returning with the Pixel 6 after all

Sorry folks, it looks like Active Edge may not be returning with the Pixel 6 after all

Probably a false alarm

We're sorry to say, but more information has come to light throwing cold water on the possibility of Active Edge coming to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. As you can see from these fabric case listings, squeeze for Google Assistant was left in the product descriptions for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G despite neither phone actually supporting it. That means it's likely the description was simply copied for the Pixel 6, and so it's unlikely to accurately outline the feature set for the upcoming flagship.

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Google Assistant's latest settings layout separates your phone from your smart speakers

Google Assistant's latest settings layout separates your phone from your smart speakers

If you've ever spent hours rearranging your home in an effort to feel more organized, you might have a lot in common with Google. It's hard to think of a company that spends more time rearranging all of its various menus. The latest settings swap is an attempt to make navigating Assistant preferences a lot easier, but depending on how many smart speakers you own, it might not play out as expected.

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Android 12 Beta 5 moves home controls where they should have been from the start

Android 12 Beta 5 moves home controls where they should have been from the start

With its latest, and very possibly last, update to the Android 12 beta, Google is adding in a lot of creature comforts that flesh out the operating system's user interaction. One of the most handy is home controls (AKA device controls), quick links to your most-used actions for controlling a smarthome. Previously (and distractingly) placed in the power menu, they seem to have a much more easy-to-reach home now: right no the lock screen.

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Assistant could soon hear you without the obligatory 'Ok Google'

Assistant could soon hear you without the obligatory 'Ok Google'

The hands-free experience that Assistant offers has been liberating for many of us, but it seems like Google is working on making it a lot more convenient (and worrisome?) with commands that don't require the obligatory hotword.

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Automate your whole day with the Assistant's new Daylong Routines

Automate your whole day with the Assistant's new Daylong Routines

Google's Assistant has become an essential tool for anyone deep within Google's ecosystem. You can ask it to control your smart home devices, control your music, find information online, run timers and reminders, play content on a Chromecast, call and text people, and more. But one thing it was lacking was in the automation part. Google Assistant has Routines, which you can use to set a custom prompt to make the Google Assistant do multiple tasks at once. Now, Google is taking it one step further with a new feature called "Daylong Routines."

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Assistant routines can now be tied to your alarm – no, not that alarm, the other alarm

Assistant routines can now be tied to your alarm – no, not that alarm, the other alarm

Would you be surprised if I told you Google — and specifically Google Assistant — is rolling out another way of doing something that's already been available? Because of course redundancy makes more sense than a streamlined experience. The feature in question is the ability to trigger an Assistant routine after an alarm. See? I knew you were going to say this isn't new. Except that that was the Clock app's alarm, while this is the Assistant's alarm.

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Smart Displays and the Assistant are getting new tools to keep your home organized, entertained, and educated

Smart Displays and the Assistant are getting new tools to keep your home organized, entertained, and educated

While our daily routines probably aren't as routine as they once were, Google is preparing another round of improvements to Assistant that will make it easier to take control of your activities. Several of the new features are aimed at scheduling and keeping organized, but there are also some great additions to storytelling content and new educational tools coming soon.

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Google Duplex could soon get you a spot on your favorite restaurant's waitlist

Google Duplex could soon get you a spot on your favorite restaurant's waitlist

Google Duplex still feels like magic to this date, allowing you to place reservations, order food, and get accurate business opening hours without ever placing a phone call yourself. And it looks like you'll soon also be able to get a spot on a phone-based restaurant waitlist, according to VentureBeat. One of the publication's journalists is part of a random limited A/B that gives him access to a new "Request to join waitlist" button in business listings on Google Maps.

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Google Assistant can't handle all your online shopping for you, but it's testing taking over the checkout process

Google Assistant can't handle all your online shopping for you, but it's testing taking over the checkout process

Last year, Google said it was "piloting" a program to allow the Assistant's Duplex feature to handle shopping, and now a public test of that feature has been spotted. It isn't live for us in our own testing, but some folks are seeing a new "fast checkout" Assistant prompt for a specific and convoluted workflow when purchasing content from Hot Topic online, which automatically fills payment and address fields during the checkout process.

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