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How to ask Google Home to show the weather on your Chromecast

Assuming you already have a Google Home and Chromecast, the process is dead simple.

Between creating calendar appointments, calling your local pizza place, ordering an Uber, etc., there’s no shortage of things you can do with Google Home. Google’s smart speaker has grown and evolved a lot since its release in late 2016, and it’s now got a new feature that helps it tie-in more closely with Google’s other piece of connected hardware – Chromecast.

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These Cameras Work With Amazon Echo Show and Echo Spot

The Amazon Echo Show and Echo Spot are special because they have displays. And that means they have a very special set of skills. The better to see you with, my dear.

So you’ve got an Amazon Echo Show or Echo Spot. Those, as you’ll well know, are the Amazon Echo devices that in addition to being powered by Alexa and able to do all of those Alexa-esque things, also have a display.

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Google Home can now show you things on your Chromecast

A visual forecast for the weather is only the beginning.

Last year’s Google I/O was home to a plethora of announcements, but one of the most interesting was a new trick with the Google Assistant that allowed it to send contextual info/graphics to a Chromecast-enabled TV following a voice command. Google’s been radio silent since the initial announcement in regards to when we could actually start using it, but it looks like that day has finally come.

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Lenovo’s Echo Show alternative comes with the Google Assistant built-in

The dispute between Amazon and Google over whether the former’s Echo Show should get YouTube access just escalated to a whole new level. At CES 2018, we learned that Lenovo and Google have partnered up for an Echo Show rival with the Google Assistant on board. What’s more, Google announced partnerships with a wide range […]

Lenovo’s Smart Display is the Google Assistant-powered Echo Show we’ve been waiting for

It’s time for Google Assistant to branch out, starting with displays in the home.

Google Home and Amazon Echo match up in both the small and medium speaker segments, but the hardware offerings start to diverge from there.

Amazon has clearly taken the lead with screen-toting assistant speakers with its Echo Show and Echo Spot, with no response from Google in the category. That is, until now.

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All Pixel system apps on Play Store now show ’1-5′ installs

When official sales numbers are unavailable, people have been judging some device’s sales using the Play Store install count on some system apps. It’s an easy, though likely not very accurate, way to judge how many devices have been sold since those apps often auto update for most people.

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Google seems to be unhappy with this method of judging sales, so it has changed the install count on all Pixel device system apps  [Read More…]

Amazon UK drops the Echo Show to its lowest price yet

If you’ve been holding out for an Echo Show deal then hold out no longer. Amazon UK has just slashed £70 from the regular price of its big-screened Alexa device.

It’s part of the Amazon Christmas deals, so it will only be around until December 22 as it stands. In any case, you can snag an Echo Show in white or black right now for just £129.99, down from £199.99.

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Amazon running deals on Echo Show, Echo Plus, and several other devices

We’ve seen Amazon offer some nice discounts on its hardware recently, and today the retailer is offering some of its best deals yet.

Amazon is now offering sales on nearly all of its Echo devices. This includes the Echo Show, which is getting perhaps its biggest discount ever. The Echo Plus is getting a large discount of its own, and that includes a free Philips Hue Bulb to get your smart home ecosystem started.

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Android distribution numbers show Nougat climb, Oreo make an appearance

The latest distribution numbers for Android are out, and Oreo makes its first appearance.

The monthly Android Distribution list is always fun to look at. It’s an important list for developers who need to know which software version they should target and which features it makes sense to include in their application. It’s also fun for us nerds to just appreciate how big and diverse Android really is.

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Amazon Fire TV can now show live video feeds, but the lag remains

Live video from your connected cameras works on the Fire TV, but the experience still needs a lot of work.

Tucked amid all the new hardware announcements from Amazon this week was a little nugget about Amazon Fire TV. Specifically, that you can now view live video feeds from Alexa-enabled cameras. That’s the same sort of functionality we have on the Echo Show, of course. And as it turns out, it’s exactly the same functionality. Just on  [Read More…]