Google has expanded the voice-matching feature in its Google Assistant to support personal Netflix profiles. The Voice Match feature built into the smart assistant is already able to identify individual users when it hears the wake phrase “Hey Google” on a connected device – a Google Home for example. But now users on a multiple profile Netflix account will be able to ask to open streaming service on their TV and see their own personal profile appear, exactly where they left off with the binge-watching. The feature is already in use on Google Home to enable different users to get personalised information and schedules when each individual asks, but this is a notable expansion of the feature to a popular third-party service. Voice Match on Google Assistant can support up to six different voice profiles. The feature can be set up by going to the More Settings section of the Google Home app and selecting Videos and Photos. From there you can link your Netflix profile to … [Read more...] about Google Assistant can now open your personal Netflix profile with just your voice
NVIDIA has unveiled an incredible 65-inch computer monitor built specifically for video gamers.The Nvidia BFGD was revealed at the annual CES 2018 tech convention in Las Vegas, and will be a must-have for die-hard PC gamers.The new monitor is part of a new series of devices from Nvidia called “big format gaming displays”.This 65-inch model features an eye-watering 4K display resolution, and promises a refresh rate of 120Hz – ideal for high-powered gaming.Gamers will also enjoy the support for High Dynamic Range, or HDR, visuals, which means a wider range of colours and improved contrast.Nvidia is also shipping its latest model with the company’s own G-Sync technology, which aims to deliver a “buttery-smooth gaming experience”.Praising the new model, Nvidia’s Matt Wuebbling says: “PC gamers expect high peformance and instant response times but, until now, they’ve been largely limited to traditional desktop displays.”He says … [Read more...] about Nvidia shows off world’s coolest gaming monitor – a 65-inch 4K HDR masterpiece with Google Assistant built in
SAMSUNG'S voice assistant has been delayed AGAIN because it's struggling to grasp English grammar and phrases.The software, dubbed Bixby, was announced ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone launch.But as ecstatic Samsung fans unboxed their smartphones, the Siri rival was nowhere to be seen - despite the fact that Bixby has its own button on the side of the device.It's because the Korean smartphone maker has been struggling to train its machines to understand they way we speak, according to insiders.Bixby is already available in Korea - where Samsung is based - but English syntax and grammar is not its strong point, they claimed.They say Samsung fans will be waiting "several weeks" for access, according to the Wall Street Journal.“Bixby Voice will be available in the US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring,” Samsung previously said in a statement.It later said we could expect to see the software by May.Creating a competent voice assistant is a tricky … [Read more...] about Samsung Bixby voice assistant delayed – because it’s struggling to learn English
GOOGLE is expected to reveal its future plans for its Google Home smart speaker and Android operating system tonight.The technology giant is holding its annual I/O developer conference, where the company shares early news on how its various software will change in the coming year.The Google Home smart speaker, launched in the UK earlier this year, as well as Google Assistant, the company's artificial intelligence software, are expected to feature heavily.Google Home and Amazon's Echo have taken the lead in the smart speaker market since late 2016.I/O is also likely to see the first new features for the next version of the Android mobile operating system - currently known as Android O - revealed.According to reports, the update is unlikely to be a major overhaul of the software, but could see improvements made to battery life and Bluetooth.The tech giant is also expected to discuss virtual reality - having launched its Daydream platform and headset in late 2016.Google chief executive … [Read more...] about Google I/O 2017 keynote expected to see tech giant unveil updates to Android, Home and Daydream
Google has declared war on Apple with the announcement of a new smartphone.The search engine unveiled the Pixel at an event in San Francisco today.Rick Osterloh, head of Google's new hardware department, said "phones are most important items we own" and are "most people's lifeline to the internet and each other".The Pixels come with Google's new Siri-style Assistant built in and use "unlimited" cloud storage so that users will never run out of space "for all those photographs".Owners will be able to speak to their phone and ask it to look up local events, send text messages and play music, as well as all manner of other tasks.The Google assistant is even smart enough to book tables at a restaurant using the app OpenTable.The 12.3 megapixel camera fitted to the Pixel is "the best smartphone camera anyone has ever made", Google claimed.The camera can uses HDR Plus tech so that pics can be taken in low light and the snapper app works more quickly than its … [Read more...] about Google announces Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as it goes to WAR with Apple
Google has unveiled the second generation of its smartwatch software, which will place artificial intelligence (AI) in the company's wearables for the first time.Android Wear 2.0, which will begin rolling out to all current Android Wear smartwatch users "in the coming weeks" as an update, will include Google Assistant, the tech giant's AI virtual helper which responds to voice commands.Google also revealed the first two new devices that would run the software - the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport - as the tech giant looks to take on the Apple Watch."While traditional watches tell the time, Android Wear watches make the most of your time," Android Wear's engineering chief David Singleton said."In an instant, you can check when and where you're meeting a friend, whether you'll need an umbrella tonight, or how many minutes you've been active today-all without reaching for your phone."Today, we're launching Android Wear 2.0 to give you watch faces that do more, better ways to work out, more … [Read more...] about Google Android Wear 2.0 update puts artificial intelligence inside your wristwatch
IF you heard someone was planning to clamber down your chimney, we're sure you'd want to keep an eye on them.Now Google is offering people around the world the chance to scope out the movements of that festive house breaker, Santa Claus, via its Assistant app for Android.Normally, Assistant helps people perform internet searches, view their photos or perform all manner of other tricks.But now it has been fitted with Google's Santa tracking system, meaning you'll be able to follow Father Christmas' movements by simply speaking the words "where’s Santa?”or "track Santa" into your phone.You can also ask Santa to tell you a joke by asking "tell me a Santa joke" or "Santa joke".Google has even offered Jewish people a little Hanukkah treat.Just ask it to "spin the dreidel" and you'll be treated to a simulation of this famous seasonal tradition, which involves spinning a four-sided top.If you're not an Android user, you can always visit Google's normal Santa-tracking website … [Read more...] about Where is Santa? Google’s Assistant will now let you track Father Christmas
GOOGLE will bring out two new smartwatches in early 2017 and they will be compatible with all recent Android and iPhones.They will run on Google’s software but will be designed by a mystery brand, Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear at Google revealed.The only hint Chang offered was that the collaborators have previously made Android Wear devices.These include watch specialists Tag Heuer, Fossil and Michael Kors as well as Samsung, Motorola and LG.The watches will be the first to run on the Android Wear 2.0 operating system, Chang told The Verge.The new system has smartened up its clunky interface and will come with a slew of new features.These include Android Pay support and apps that don’t need a phone to function. Brand new Google Assistant, which answers to your voice, will come pre-installed, too.The tech giant created Android Wear specifically for touchscreen wearables.It's a simplified version of its Android OS, which you can find on … [Read more...] about Google to launch TWO new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017 – but refuses to reveal the mystery brand behind them
GOOGLE has brought out two expensive smartphones that it hopes will convert even the most devoted of Apple fans to its Android operating system.The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL come with a slew of fantastic features, elegant design and high craftsmanship. But starting at £629 and £799 respectively, they’re priced at the top of the market.Of course, if you choose a two-year contract, you’ll be spreading the cost anyway.The Sun Online has given them a once over to advise you on whether it’s worth splashing out.Hardcore Android fans are in for a treat as Google makes the operating system that runs most phones on the planet and promises the best Android Oreo experience ever on these new gizmos - including automatic updates to the latest features and security measures.The HTC-made phones seamlessly integrate Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps and YouTube.It has a special Google Assistant button so you can command your phone to do things with ease.The Pixel 2 … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review: The £800 phone might convert an Apple fan but is it worth the dosh?
If you thought that speakers were just for listening to music, it's time to think again. A new battleground has emerged in the war for the "smart home". Web-connected speakers that not only play music but offer helpful information and obey spoken commands are jostling for a place in your living room. At the end of last year, Amazon finally released its Echo speaker in the UK - over a year after launching the device in the US. Echo comes with an integrated voice assistant called Alexa that can answer questions, make to-do lists, set alarms and provide weather, traffic and other information in real-time. Then in April, Google launched its rival device, called Google Home, with its own voice assistant that can perform many of the same tasks. So how do the two devices stack up? And which one will win the battle for your heart, and your home? Design Amazon Echo is a 23.5 cm tall cylindrical speaker with a diameter of 8.3cm. It is fairly heavy compared to other wireless speakers, and … [Read more...] about Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Which smart speaker will win the battle for your living room?