Latest Google smart home news

Google says it won't sell its facial recognition tech (yet)
Google says it won't sell its facial recognition tech (yet) By Dan Grabham

Google has criticised other companies for selling facial recognition tech - and says it "has long been committed to the responsible development of AI (artificial... Read more

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your Mini, Max and Hub
Google Home tips and tricks: Master your Mini, Max and Hub By Britta O'Boyle

Get the most out of your Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max or Home Hub with our top tips and tricks, helping you master your voice-activated speaker.... Read more

What are Google Home, Home Max, Home Mini and Home Hub and what can they do?
What are Google Home, Home Max, Home Mini and Home Hub and what can they do? By Elyse Betters

This is everything you need to know about Google Home devices. What are they, how do they work and what devices work with them?... Read more

Google Assistant now lets you call Santa and reply to Broadcasts
Google Assistant now lets you call Santa and reply to Broadcasts By Maggie Tillman

Google is pushing out a tonne of new updates to Google Assistant, including some holiday-themed tricks for families to enjoy.... Read more

Google Home deals for Christmas 2018: Google Home Mini now £29
Google Home deals for Christmas 2018: Google Home Mini now £29 By Chris Hall

Google slashed prices on Google Home devices around this Black Friday and Cyber Monday and some of them are still discounted.... Read more

Doubling up on Google Home: How and why to use multiple Google Home devices
Doubling up on Google Home: How and why to use multiple Google Home devices By Adrian Willings

You can use multiple Google Home devices around the home, we've got the details on how to do it and why it's worthwhile. Click here to read more.... Read more

AO.com has discounted Google Home Mini to £29 - that's £20 off!
AO.com has discounted Google Home Mini to £29 - that's £20 off! By Dan Grabham

AO.com is doing a deal on the Google Home Mini as part of its already-live Black Friday sale.... Read more

How to get a free Google Home Mini speaker from Spotify
How to get a free Google Home Mini speaker from Spotify By Maggie Tillman

Free Google Home Mini deals are popping up left and right, and the latest example comes from Spotify.... Read more

Google Assistant commands: Spooky questions to ask for Halloween
Google Assistant commands: Spooky questions to ask for Halloween By Maggie Tillman

Google Assistant can not only help you get things done, but it can also entertain you, especially around the holidays.... Read more

Google Home Hub is Google's answer to Amazon Echo Show
Google Home Hub is Google's answer to Amazon Echo Show By Maggie Tillman

Google has announced a new type of Google Home speaker. It's called Google Home Hub, and it is Google's version of the Echo Show.... Read more

Google launches new aqua shade of Home Mini ahead of Pixel 3 event
Google launches new aqua shade of Home Mini ahead of Pixel 3 event By Maggie Tillman

Although Google is holding a hardware event in just one week, the company has decided to announce a new Home Mini beforehand.... Read more

Will Google launch this display-equipped Home Hub next month?
Will Google launch this display-equipped Home Hub next month? By Maggie Tillman

The company has been rumoured to be working on its own "Smart Display", and now that device has leaked online as the “Google Home Hub”.... Read more

Google Assistant is now bilingual, can understand two languages at once
Google Assistant is now bilingual, can understand two languages at once By Maggie Tillman

If you live in a bilingual household and own a Google Assistant speaker, you'll love the assistant's latest update.... Read more

Google Home Max comes to the UK at last, get it for £399
Google Home Max comes to the UK at last, get it for £399 By Rik Henderson

Google has finally introduced the larger of its smart speakers to the UK. The Google Home Max costs £399 and is available now.... Read more

Google Home with touchscreen display coming to take on Amazon Echo Show
Google Home with touchscreen display coming to take on Amazon Echo Show By Rik Henderson

Google is said to be releasing its own version of the Amazon Echo Show in time for the holidays.A display-equipped Google Home will reportedly be released... Read more

You can now order JBL's Link View Google Assistant smart display
You can now order JBL's Link View Google Assistant smart display By Maggie Tillman

JBL is accepting preorders for its own smart display. Called the Link View, it's expected to start shipping on 3 September.... Read more

How to make Google Assistant listen for your string of follow-up questions
How to make Google Assistant listen for your string of follow-up questions By Maggie Tillman

Continued Conversations allows you to ask Google Assistant a question and then add follow-up commands without having to say “OK Google” each time.... Read more

How to set up Google Home with SmartThings
How to set up Google Home with SmartThings By Maggie Tillman

Did you know Samsung's SmartThings works with Google Assistant?You can use the SmartThings app and hub to connect different smart home devices from different... Read more

Google Assistant adds new family features and games in the UK
Google Assistant adds new family features and games in the UK By Maggie Tillman

Google Assistant has been updated in the UK to be more family-friendly.Google announced it worked with the British Council, Aardman, and Harper Collins... Read more

Alexa and Google Assistant go Royal Wedding crazy, loads of new commands to try
Alexa and Google Assistant go Royal Wedding crazy, loads of new commands to try By Rik Henderson

Google and Amazon are getting in the Royal Wedding spirit by offering all-new, unique Easter Eggs and commands to try on Google Assistant and Alexa respectively.If... Read more

Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you
Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you By Elyse Betters

Google is at Google I/O 2018, where it just announced Google Duplex.It essentially improves Assistant so that it can book your appointments for you. Through... Read more

JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar
JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar By Elyse Betters

Google has shown off a JBL Link Bar at Google I/O. During the demo, it revealed new Android TV and Assistant features.This new soundbar features built-in... Read more

Google Assistant now works with 5,000 devices, will add more soon
Google Assistant now works with 5,000 devices, will add more soon By Elyse Betters

Days ahead of its I/O developer conference, Google has provided an update about how far Assistant has come since debuting two years ago.The company's voice... Read more

How to make Google Home play music through a Bluetooth speaker
How to make Google Home play music through a Bluetooth speaker By Elyse Betters

Google has rolled out a new feature to its Google Home lineup that allows you it to play music on other Bluetooth speakers in your house.The feature, which... Read more

Google Assistant routines: How to do multiple actions with one command
Google Assistant routines: How to do multiple actions with one command By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant now supports multi-step routines.Copying Amazon, Google first announced it would add multistep smart home routines last October. The... Read more

Google Wifi three-pack comes to UK, great coverage for large homes
Google Wifi three-pack comes to UK, great coverage for large homes By Rik Henderson

Google has announced that it will be selling its mesh Wi-Fi system in a new three-pack from tomorrow, 13 March.Already available in the US, the Google... Read more

Google Home voice calling arrives in the UK, call friends and family without your phone
Google Home voice calling arrives in the UK, call friends and family without your phone By Max Langridge

Google has announced that voice calling has now been added as a feature to the Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers in the UK. What's more,... Read more

How to set up Google Home using your Android or iOS device
How to set up Google Home using your Android or iOS device By Elyse Betters

You've bought a Google Home. That's great. Now, you got to set it up.Or, maybe you're interested in buying one, but first, you want to see how easy it... Read more

Sick of saying 'OK Google'? Google might let you set custom hotwords
Sick of saying 'OK Google'? Google might let you set custom hotwords By Elyse Betters

A Google app teardown has revealed a new feature possibly coming to Google's AI-based assistant.The Google app 7.20 APK has coding that suggests custom... Read more

Google Assistant on smart displays: What devices are there and what will they offer?
Google Assistant on smart displays: What devices are there and what will they offer? By Cam Bunton

The race to be everywhere in your home is on, and as it stands, the competition is between Google and Amazon. With Echo and Google Home, smart speakers... Read more

John Lewis and Google bring Moz the Monster to life with interactive storybook
John Lewis and Google bring Moz the Monster to life with interactive storybook By Max Langridge

To coincide with the debut of Moz the Monster, the star of John Lewis' Christmas campaign, the retail giant has released a storybook for children. The... Read more

Ecobee thermostats can now be voice-controlled via Google Assistant
Ecobee thermostats can now be voice-controlled via Google Assistant By Elyse Betters

Ecobee's smart home devices just got, well, smarter, thanks to Google.The company makes things like thermostats, such as the Ecobee 3, Ecobee3 Lite, and... Read more

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers
How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers By Elyse Betters

You can now use your Google Home speakers as an intercom system.Google has updated its Google Home speaker lineup so that you can easily send a message... Read more

Google Assistant adds 50 new games, activities, and stories just for kids
Google Assistant adds 50 new games, activities, and stories just for kids By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just got more fun for kids.Google has added more than 50 games and activities to its assistant. It includes experiences like musical... Read more

Echo Show-like Google Home touch device spotted in Google app code
Echo Show-like Google Home touch device spotted in Google app code By Elyse Betters

Google needs to catch up to Amazon.At least when it comes to smart speakers, anyway. Amazon has several Echo-branded smart speakers, while Google only... Read more

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids
Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids By Elyse Betters

Google has updated Google Wifi with a new tool that gives you more control over the types of sites your kids can visit.The popular mesh Wi-Fi router system... Read more

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker
Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker By Max Langridge

Google has rolled out an update to all Google Home Mini devices (currently in the hands on reviewers) that removes the top touch functionality of the device.... Read more

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it
Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant has a female voice, by default. You can change it.To be fair: Most tech companies give their monolithic voice-activated digital assistants... Read more

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know
Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know By Elyse Betters

Google has announced two new devices: Home Max and Home Mini.It has expanded its Google Home lineup from one speaker with built-in Google Assistant two... Read more

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?
Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available? By Elyse Betters

Google just made Google Home a more compelling rival to Amazon Echo.Earlier this year, Amazon launched an Alexa calling service, giving Echo users the... Read more

Google could be planning its own Amazon Echo Show rival
Google could be planning its own Amazon Echo Show rival By Max Langridge

Just days after Amazon announced the Echo Show would be available in more countries worldwide, 9to5Google has received a couple of anonymous tips that... Read more

Neato launches D7 Connected, its smartest robot cleaner yet with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT compatibility
Neato launches D7 Connected, its smartest robot cleaner yet with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT compatibility By Britta O'Boyle

Neato has announced its most connected robot vacuum cleaner yet at consumer electronics show IFA in the form of the D7 Connected.The new metallic-finished... Read more

Google Home Express shopping: How to find and buy items using just your voice
Google Home Express shopping: How to find and buy items using just your voice By Elyse Betters

Google has introduced the ability to buy items using your voice, through the Google Home smart speaker or Google Assistant on your compatible smartphone.Thanks... Read more

Spotify Free users can now control their music through Google Home
Spotify Free users can now control their music through Google Home By Max Langridge

Spotify has announced that users who subscribe to the free tier of the music streaming service, can now play their songs through the Google Home speaker,... Read more

Google Home preview program: How to try the latest features first
Google Home preview program: How to try the latest features first By Elyse Betters

Google has quietly unveiled a preview program for its smart speaker.About a year ago, Google launched a preview program for Chromecast, and now, as spotted... Read more

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users
Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users By Elyse Betters

Google Home can now recognise each person in your household by their voice and smartly switch to their account and preferences.Those of you with a husband... Read more

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast
Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast By Chris Hall

Google has announced a number of updates for Google Home at Google I/O 2017, demonstrating how the smart AI device will be able to take advantage of the... Read more

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen
Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen By Elyse Betters

Google Home now serves up numerous guided recipe instructions.Anyone who owns a voice-activated smart speaker, including Amazon Echo, knows it's perfect... Read more

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data
Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data By Elyse Betters

Google Home is about to get a lot more useful for the entire family.A new update to the Google Home app is alerting people that “multiple users are now... Read more

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker
Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker By Elyse Betters

What would make Google Home better?This is a question Google has been apparently asking itself, especially since the market is currently exploding with... Read more

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