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Google assistant may have independent volume controls soon

Google Assistant can be intrusive at times, particularly if you've got your volumes turned up. Having your Assistant yell at you from two feet away can also be embarrassing in some situations. Source code from Android 11...

“Hey Google, talk to RUOK Mate”

2020 has certainly been a challenging year, thanks mostly to COVID-19 and the lockdown that is not only affecting us here in Australia but also around the world. As such it is important we ask people, friends, relatives,...

Google Assistant Snapshot gets an update to show you more

Google Assistant Snapshot has been around for a couple of years now and although many of us have forgotten about it in that time it seems Google haven't with an update rolling out new features today. Google has expanded the...

New Video chat Zooming onto Assistant enabled Smart Displays

In our 2020 COVID containment lifestyles there has been one almost constant for all of us, video chatting is now a thing, for real. While nothing is ever universally true 2020 in tech terms has been the rise of...

Humans will review Google Assistant interactions but it’s opt-in

Following the widespread criticism of the AI smart assistant providers for not disclosing the fact that humans may review interactions, lots of water has passed under the bridge. Yesterday many users received an email from Google about the...

Google bringing touch-enabled games to smart displays

Google has always had the ability to play voice enable games on their speakers. Now Google are bringing games which combine voice AND touch to smart displays. The new games are designed "with visuals in mind" using the entire...

Chat bubble coming for Google Assistant but seems to do very little at this...

Google wants more people using Google Assistant -- this is how Assistant has improved so much over the last few years. As part of the process of getting new and improved ways for people to interact with Assistant...

Almost half LG 2020 soundbar range have Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in

LG Australia has launched it's 2020 range of sound bars and revealed that the top 4 models have Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in. LG Electronics Australia (LG) today unveiled the company’s 2020 sound bar range consisting of nine models that...

New Echo Auto enables Amazon Alexa voice commands in your car or truck

Amazon Australia has announced it is now accepting pre-orders for Echo Auto in Australia. The first Echo device designed for use on the road, Echo Auto lets you have Alexa as your driving companion, whether in your car, van or...

Say hello to the EasyMesh certified D-Link COVR-1102 AC1200

We get the chance to look at a lot of IT gear at Ausdroid including connectivity equipment. Over the last couple of years, we've seen Mesh Wi-Fi grow and develop. From the early stages with Linksys Velop,...

“OK Google” sensitivity now widely available for most speakers

A week ago we reported on Google's announcement that they would be soon introducing the ability to fine tune your Google hotword sensitivity. The good news is that it is here and works for devices other than just...

Samsung’s S Voice will soon be dead: long live Bixby?

Remember Samsung's S Voice? Barely I bet. It was Samsung's first attempt at a digital assistant and those who used it will know just how good it was (spoiler: it wasn't). Come June this year and...

Google Assistant can now read web pages out aloud to you

Google are continually adding new features to Google Assistant with a view to making is helpful and useful to all. Today they have added another new feature, the ability to read web pages to you. Announcing the new feature...

New Google Assistant rolling out to G-Suite users

Last year Google announced a new Google Assistant but the catch was, for some reason, it was not available to anyone who had a G-Suite account on their phone. At the time it seemed a strange decision given...

Samsung accidentally reveals Galaxy Home Mini date

It would seem Samsung is getting ready to finally release its Bixby-powered Galaxy Home Mini speaker with the company accidentally announcing and releasing the expected availability date on its website -- before removing it completely. Samsung published an article on...

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