Android Police

Google Home Max

...

Google Home can now read your imported and iCal calendars

Multiple calendar support on Google Home has been available since last November, but the feature has been very limited. You couldn't choose your birthday or holiday calendars, ones created from a G Suite account, or imported calendars from URLs/iCal. That last part has recently changed, even though the support page hasn't caught up to it yet.

Read More
...

[Deal Alert] Google Store running sale including Home Mini for $34 ($15 off), Clips for $169 ($80 off), and various other discounts

The Google Store just had a nearly site-wide sale last month, but Google has decided it's already time for another one. The deals are a bit different this time around, though, with highlights including the Home Mini for just $34 ($15 off), the Clips camera for $169 ($80 off), the Pixel 2 XL for $749 ($100 off), and several other Home and Chromecast deals.

Read More
...

[Update: Fix rolling out] Having Google Home or Chromecast problems? Widespread outages reported, still ongoing for some

Last night many people, including some of us here at Android Police, started running into problems with their Google Home and Chromecast devices. Content could not be cast to either, and many Google Homes and other Assistant-powered hardware were unable to accept commands. For some, the issue may be ongoing. 

Read More
...

Continued Conversation for Google Assistant starts rolling out today

Google spent a lot of time at I/O last month talking about Google Assistant. There was that wild Duplex demo, "pretty please" mode for kids, and Continued Conversations. The latter feature saves you from saying the trigger phrase for every single command, and it's starting to roll out today. However, not everyone will have access just yet.

Read More
...

Google Home adds All 4 as 2nd UK video streaming service

Google Home users in the United Kingdom are now able to access a second video streaming service by way of Google Home: Channel 4's All 4. This is the second video-on-demand service compatible with Google Home in the UK, after Netflix.

Read More
...

Google Home and Chromecast can leak your location, but a fix is on the way

Google Homes and Chromecasts around the world will be quietly updated in the coming weeks with a patch for a rather serious issue. According to security researcher Craig Young from Tripwire, these devices have a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to find your geographic location if you have a Home or Chromecast on your network. That's a big problem, and Google almost didn't believe Young's bug report.

Read More
...

Google Home Max makes its way to Canada, priced at $499 CAD

Google released the Home Max near the end of last year, but there's still only one country it's officially available in: the United States. That changes today, though; the Home Max is now being sold in the Great White North at a price of $499 CAD (~$389 USD).

Read More
...

Hey Google: Alarms and timers should work seamlessly across all my devices

Alarms and timers are probably two of the things I use the Google Assistant for most often. Voice commands make setting them dead simple (especially important for the kitchen, when my hands are often covered in food), and I can use them on my phone, my Pixelbook, or one of my Google Homes.

The problem is that, for all the endpoint ubiquity of setting and managing these timers via the Assistant, I can't actually control or set timers for one device from another. That's kind of silly, and it's a feature I've been wanting for years now. If the appeal isn't obvious to you, let me just put it this way: Have you ever wanted to set an alarm or timer on your phone, only to have your Google Home respond to the query instead?

Read More
...

Google rolls out fix for setting alarms and reminders on Google Home speakers

Asking a Google Home to set an alarm or reminder is a rudimentary use for one of those smart speakers. But it seems some users recently found that their Google Home failed to sound alarms and reminders that were set. Now Google is saying that a fix has been rolled out and those functions are working again.

Read More
...

Tip: Ask Google Home to find your missing phone

Google's Find My Device service offers an invaluable tool for tracking down a missing phone or tablet, combining GPS positioning with an audible alert to let you quickly locate your missing hardware. And with tools to remotely lock or erase your device, it also helps ensure your data's safe until you get your hands back on your gear. But for as useful as it can be, you still need access to some device in order to perform the search, and especially if you keep your phone and laptop in the same bag, that can be a problem. Fortunately, it's also one that Google Home is ready to solve.

Read More
Page 1 of 41234