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Claims Google is 'eavesdropping' on your Google Home are a lot less exciting than they sound

Claims Google is 'eavesdropping' on your Google Home are a lot less exciting than they sound

Smart speakers add a layer of convenience to a household, but have you ever thought of them as planting a mole into your own living room? Back in April, Amazon admitted its employees reviewed anonymized recordings in order to improve its speech recognition system. Now a fresh controversy has emerged around Google and its Assistant, where the company confirms doing the very same — but there's still no need to worry.

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[Update: Assistant hits more countries] Sonos will roll out Google Assistant to the One and Beam next week, 19 months after it first teased it

[Update: Assistant hits more countries] Sonos will roll out Google Assistant to the One and Beam next week, 19 months after it first teased it

In October of 2017, Sonos introduced the One speaker with Alexa built in, but it promised Assistant would be coming the next year. Most of 2018 came and went and it wasn't until November that users were able to sign up for a private and demanding beta to test the feature. Then at CES this year, Google teased Sonos compatibility again, but we still had no official date. Thanks to Sonos's second quarter financial report, we now have an official confirmation: Assistant will come to Sonos next week.

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Google deals on Home and Nest include $25 Home Mini, $238 Nest Cam Outdoor 2-pack

Google deals on Home and Nest include $25 Home Mini, $238 Nest Cam Outdoor 2-pack

One of the constants in consumer societies is deals. As long as companies exist and make products, they'll try to discount them to move some inventory and gain market share. That's even more true when it comes to the smart home, where products are often considered novelties but can also provide a strong tie-in to an ecosystem. Like Amazon, Google wants you to grab its own smart speakers and connected devices, so it keeps discounting them to lure more of us in. I have enough smart devices in my home, but if you're still looking to beef up your own setup, there are some Google deals to take advantage of now.

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Google Assistant can directly control your smart mop

Google Assistant can directly control your smart mop

If you're using Google Assistant to control your smart mop, you probably have to tell it something like "OK Google, ask X to start mopping" or "Hey Google, tell X to clean." Even though this isn't too bad, it means you have to remember exact phrases and give your appliance's service name every time you want to operate your robot cleaner. However, Assistant is now gaining support for mops, which will let you control them directly using more natural commands.

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Google says Home speaker won't be renamed to 'Nest Home' right now

Google says Home speaker won't be renamed to 'Nest Home' right now

Earlier this year, Google renamed its smart display from the 'Home Hub' to the 'Nest Hub.' It was the first step in rebranding its smart home devices under the Nest name, and there was speculation that the original Home speaker might be included. Google has put the rumors to rest, and confirmed to us that the Google Home is sticking to its original name — for now, anyway.

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Chromecasts and Assistant speakers keep disappearing from the Google Home app for some, making them near useless

Chromecasts and Assistant speakers keep disappearing from the Google Home app for some, making them near useless

Google's smart home speakers and Chromecasts are great when they work. You can throw any supported content on them and have it play almost instantly, without worrying about hardware compatibility and app availability as you'd have to on set-top boxes or consoles. However, Google's offers are only great when they really do work. That isn't the case for some users, with their Chromecasts and Homes repeatedly disappearing from the Home app, rendering them effectively useless for many cast-enabled apps.

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[Update: Possibly fixed] Google Homes are having an identity crisis as Assistant mixes US and British accents

[Update: Possibly fixed] Google Homes are having an identity crisis as Assistant mixes US and British accents

Google Assistant keeps learning new languages and can even speak them with the local accent. Indeed, it can differentiate between Canadian, Belgian and, French variants of the same tongue, and also pronounce words in the Queen's English. However, it seems some devices are rebelling by speaking in opposite accents, as users have reported their Google Homes have switched to US or UK English.

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Google discounts Home, Home Mini, Home Max, and Nest Hub smart speakers and display

Google discounts Home, Home Mini, Home Max, and Nest Hub smart speakers and display

Although Google's smart home devices have been going on sale several times in the past, the company is currently discounting almost the entire Home range, including the Nest Hub smart display. This is a great opportunity to get an extra intelligent device in your household, or even to buy your first one if you don't have one already.

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New Google media device with battery shows up at the FCC, possibly a Home follow-up... or not

New Google media device with battery shows up at the FCC, possibly a Home follow-up... or not

Google has been very active at the FCC in May. We've seen the Nest Hub Max get approval, a new mysterious Bluetooth-only device, and now a third product has been approved by the FCC, in the Google Home family. What it is though is a riddle as different parts of the filing point to different explanations.

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