Tag Archive: Google


Using Google Chromecast Audio as a whole-house audio alternative to Sonos

Great-sounding music is made easy with a Chromecast Audio. And you’ll save a fistful of dollars, too.

If you’re thinking about setting up a whole-house (or even just a single-room) streaming audio solution, Sonos systems are pretty much what you’ll find recommended by folks on the internet. They are easy to set up and the Sonos service offers a decent choice of streaming content providers. But the price tag — you’ll be spending hundreds per room for  [Read More…]

Google Home is now able to make phone calls in the US and Canada

Back in May during its I/O 2017, Google announced you’ll soon be able to make calls using the Google Home speaker. Well, the functionality is rolling out as we speak, but for the time being, only users in US and Canada will be able to take advantage of it. Now you can simply say “Ok […]

Google Search will now alert users to pollen levels

Google Search will now integrate pollen forecasts.

Google Search has long been able to alert users of various weather conditions, from thunderstorms to flash foods and and everything in between. One more weather condition will be available for search starting today.

Google has announced that users will be able to search for pollen levels near their location. I tried this on my OnePlus 3T by searching for both “pollen levels” and “pollen forecast.” All this  [Read More…]

Ok Google, make a hands-free call

Google Home now supports hands-free calling.

One big missing feature from Google Home when it launched was the ability to make phone calls with the device. Google promised a whole slew of new features at this year’s I/O developer conference, one of which was the ability to make hands-free calls. That feature has now started rolling out to users.

Redditor andybaseclef shared a video of him calling the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater using his Google Home. The  [Read More…]

Google awards $10,000 prize to student who reported big security vulnerability

A bored student from Uruguay recently hit jackpot as he tried to find ways to pass the time. As Ezequiel Pereira himself explains in a blog post, he started to look for a bug in Google. At first he tried changing the Host header in requests to the App Engine server in order to gain […]

You can now join the Google Home Preview Program

If you have a Google Home device around the house and you’d like to be among the first to try out new features, you should know you can now join the Google Home Preview Program. Previously mentioned in an updated help page, the Google Home Preview Program now appears to be open for everyone. To […]

Google Allo has finally come to the web browser

Google Allo now has a desktop client, available from any web browser.

Google’s Allo messaging client is nearing its first birthday, and the service is finally launching one of the biggest components of other messaging apps: a desktop client. I didn’t use Allo at all for the first nine months of its existence because I could not have my phone at my previous job, and no web interface meant I could not use the service during the day. Google  [Read More…]

Google Allo is now available in your browser

Google launched the Allo Messenger last year to Android and iOS devices. It was the first app in Android to come with the AI powered Google Assistant and it received a lot of positive reviews from users around the world. While the app is largely popular and has over 10 million downloads, it still couldn’t […]

How to replace Bixby Voice with Google Assistant on your Galaxy S8

Replace Bixby with Google Assistant in a jiffy!

When it comes to having a pocket assistant for your Galaxy S8 not everyone is sold on using Bixby Voice. If you prefer using Google Assistant, or you want to give a different assistant a try, then there are a few things you’ll need to do. The Galaxy S8 has a dedicated button to map Bixby, along with voice commands. However, there are a few things you can do  [Read More…]

Google Contacts app now available for any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up

Owners of Nexus, Pixel, Android One or Google Play Edition devices are probably familiar with Google’s Contacts app. The application was so far exclusively available for these devices, but starting this week Google has expanded its availability to include any Android phone or tablet running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above. If you have a compatible […]