Google Assist expanded routines

‘Google, I’m home.’ Only, our home’s in the wrong place. Google have rolled out 6 routines, which users of Google Home to modify to their needs. The catch is it’s not actually available in Australia yet. It’s not just us that have update envy for once, in fact the new routines are only available in the U.S at the moment, leaving anyone who’s home is in a different place out of the updates. Since the announcement from Google at the end of last year that they’d be rolling out routines, we’ve been pretty excited. A set of pre-programmed actions that

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Google Assistant integrates with GPAY

[kc_row use_container="yes" _id="918222"][kc_column width="12/12" _id="155860"]So you’re at lunch, your friend pays and you hop onto your online banking, as usual, to transfer them the money. But instead of tapping away for a few minutes, you can now just say ‘Hey Google, pay Jenny $20 for lunch today...’ and Google Assistant will do the rest for you. Google has merged Google Wallet/Android Pay to create their competitor to Apple Pay, so users in the US are now able to use Google Pay to pay others directly, without the need to log in and out of online banking apps constantly. Got that

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Google Assistant Updates and Improvments

[kc_row use_container="yes" _id="426551"][kc_column width="12/12" _id="732560"]“Ok, Google... ” Imagine a world where, with one phrase, your Google Assistant could turn on your lights and your air-con, all while turning your TV on to that unmissable prime-time drama. It’s pretty soon going to be a reality, with the addition of multi-command routines to Google Assistant. The newest feature updates mean more functions can now be added to Google ”routines” letting the user personalise them more. Because who doesn’t want to get through their to-do-list (well, some of it anyway) by just uttering one phrase? Setting up ”Routines” and ”Commands” to respond to

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Google Assistant smart home partners list updates

Google Assistant already had a large number of official partners, but in attempts to keep ahead of the field (which until Amazon Alexa launches in Australia it will stay the case), Google has recently updated that list. Now growing to over 200 brands, with a combined tally of over 2500 smart devices. You can read and learn about the brands, with the google official list and if you were already cued up on the devices available with google assistant here are the latest brand names now listed on the official partners over the last few updates. MagicLight | Lights Gizwits (Gokit) | App TRIGGER CMD | App Candy

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Google Addresses Crippled Home Mini

Google has rolled out its first "fix" after disabling touch functions following reports that the touch functions were causing the Google Home Mini Device to be stuck in a  constant "listening" state. In What many were claiming was the result of google spying on users day to day life. "Once Google was aware of the situation they ran a software update PERMANENTLY disabling the touch controls feature on all Google Home Mini’s." Google originally addressed the discovery with rolling out a patch that they said would permanently disable touch functions on the device, but it appears this was just to

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Google Home Mini, spying rumors

[kc_row use_container="yes" _id="741716"][kc_column width="12/12" _id="997990"]By now, you have probably heard all the talk and news going around about Google Home Mini, listening to users conversations and recording it. But we want to set the record straight. SOME of the new Google Home Mini devices have a fault with the SPECIALLY designed fabric that Google themselves made new thread for it to be touch sensitive. This was Google’s big mistake. The touchable fabric controls are a little TOO SENSITIVE and can activate the Mini’s controls WITHOUT a person controlling or commanding it to do so. Therefore the Mini would always be

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Amazon Alexa Playing Catch up to Google

It took Amazon Alexa two generations with six devices to bring out the same skill that Google Home has been able to perform since April. Following the Madebygoogle event on October 4th, where Google announced an extension to their hardware line, Amazon are pushing a new update to all Alexa devices to perform a copied skill from Google. The ability to detect individual users and deliver personal responses according to the users account. To enable this feature you can set up the voice profiles in your Alexa companion app, after your device has been updated. This is an extremely handy

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The Google Pixel 2 – Release Info

Along with Google's latest hardware release came the eagerly awaited Pixel 2. The Gen 2 phone for Google hardware. Its hard to believe Google have only been making smartphones for a little over a year now considering the success of the Pixel. It was hard for Google to keep them in stores. And if Google is changing paths and heading down the path they say they are, we sincerely hope the Pixel 2 is more successful. We at About Automation, also hope they learn from the last mistakes and stock more hardware, especially in Australia. So far they have plans

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Made by Google Event – Quick Notes

Not only did google grace us with EIGHT new hardware devices in the early hours of Australia’s 5th of October Morning, but they also took us on a path for what felt like a bit of a re branding, with lots of different team heads talking to us about lots of different aspects of their department and goals. But the audience repeatedly heard those TWO phrases “RADICALLY HELPFUL” and “IT JUST WORKS” Which pretty much sums up the event, and direction google plans to take in the coming future, as appropriately explained below in a video form the event with

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New devices from Google Hardware

Google press event has just finished and there will be a breakdown of all the major news to highlight in the next few posts. For now, I’ll leave you with a summary of those devices. For starters Google Home has TWO new devices. The rumours about the smaller Google Home device were correct. Google Home now have mini and max. One is a discreet and mobile unit to bring Google Assistant to everyone in the house (and it's super cheap, and coming to Australia within the month). The second, Google Home Max. A device that is solely focused on sound.

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