Tag Archive: Google


Should you use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa routines?

Here at Android Central, we’re big into connected home products that are designed to make life easier. If you’re trying to pick between Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, we’re here to help you determine which offers the features and services you need most!

Amazon Alexa Routines w/ Amazon Echo Plus

Best for smart home

$ 150 at Amazon

Pros Easy to create custom routines Great for smart home control and automation Benefited by Amazon’s growing Echo  [Read More…]

New Curry’s ad summons Christmas music on Google Homes

“Hey, Google…. play some Christmas music.”

Curry’s new Christmas ad upgrades the idyllic, Dickensian scenes of the season with some high-tech toys, and it’s quite a cute ad to my holiday-happy mind. However, many users likely aren’t getting to actually watch the ad as they scramble to shut up their Google Homes and Google Assistant-enabled devices after the ad’s first words start summoning holiday playlists.

Our new 2018 Christmas TV advert is here! The Magic of  [Read More…]

How to change the Google Keyboard theme on your phone

Since day one Android has been about choice. The platform gives control to users that other, previous software didn’t. Don’t like the way your phone dialer looks? Swap it out for something else. Not a fan of Chrome? Say goodbye and install another browser.

One of the more fundamental apps in your phone also happens to be one of the most overlooked. What’s more, it’s one you use more than any other app. We’re talking, of course, about the keyboard.

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Can a Google Home stand up to kitchen spills and bathroom sprays?

Best answer: Nope, the Google Home is many things, but waterproof is not one of them. If you want a Google Home you can use in water-prone areas like your shower singalongs or poolside parties, grab a waterproof Google Assistant-powered speaker like the JBL Link 20 instead.

Best Buy: JBL Link 20 ($ 150)

Drowning on dry land: The abusive history of my Google Home

When the original Google Home was announced back in 2016, I  [Read More…]

Your Google Home Hub won’t get hacked, but it may be rebooted

Users on the same local network can “talk” to a Google Home Hub using the same API that the Google Home app is using.

Hackers aren’t going to brick your new Google Home Hub, but Google does need to fix a few things when it comes to the smart display’s network security settings. Kind of.

It started when security advocate Jerry Gamblin did what a security advocate does and scanned his local network after he hooked up  [Read More…]

Employees walk out of Google offices around the world in protest

Even as Google claims to have made changes, hundreds and hundreds of Googlers walked out asking for more.

It’s a cold morning outside most Google offices today, but that did not stop hundreds from walking out to protest the way Google has handled sexual misconduct in the past — and the way they’re still being handled today. A New York Times article recently reported on Google’s cover-up of sexual misconduct accusations against Andy Rubin the company found “credible”, as  [Read More…]

How to change your Google Assistant voice

During its I/O 2018 keynote earlier this year, Google announced that it has been working on newer, more lifelike versions of its AI-infused virtual assistant. According to CEO Sundar Pichai, the goal is for the Google Assistant to to have a more natural voice that is closer to how humans speak.

The refreshed Assistant, which now features both male and female voices, is built on a machine learning technology called Wavenet. This allowed Google to simulate an entire vocabulary using  [Read More…]

Google Home Max vs. Sonos Play:5 — Which should you buy?

I have years of experience with Sonos and other connected speakers — I’ve said Hey Google almost more than my own kids’ names — so I know a thing or two when it comes to in-home audio.

Sonos Play:5

Stellar sound

$ 499 at Amazon

Pros Top-quality sound Stream from over 55 music services Easy multi-room streaming Cons Expensive No Bluetooth No voice control or smart features

The Sonos Play:5 is an amazing speaker with  [Read More…]

Best clear cases for the Google Pixel 3 XL

I know, I know, no one wants to hide their sexy new phone under a case, but it’s okay! Clear cases can keep your Google Pixel 3 XL safe while showing off that two-tone glass back for all the world to gaze upon and weep at its loveliness.

Crystal-clear drop-protection Tech21 Evo Check

$ 40 at Google Store

Do you drop your phones a lot, but still want to show yours off? Grab an Evo Check case,  [Read More…]

Google Pixel USB-C earbuds review

One of the first things we noticed upon opening up our Pixel 3 XL was the inclusion of the Pixel USB-C earbuds. Odd, right? There was no mention of them in the phone announcement and they weren’t brought up in any of the press chatter immediately following the introduction.

Priced $ 30 separately, they’re white, simple, and somewhat basic — perhaps a smidge uninspired. They plug into the USB Type C port, naturally, and give Pixel 3 owners a little  [Read More…]