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google Home Stories August 6

Announced at I/O 2019, the Nest Hub Max will be available on September 9th. google Home 2.13.1.10 readies support for the newest Smart Display, and the promised Nest migration to google Accounts. The companion app also reveals work on linking “radio services.”

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google Home Stories July 23

While talking to your smart home is intuitive, there are instances when voice commands can be quite disruptive. One notorious example is telling Assistant to turn off lights at night and getting back a verbal confirmation. google is now replacing that loud response with a simple “chime” reply.

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With summer well underway, the Nest Hub Max should be coming sooner rather than later. The latest google Home 2.12.50 companion app preps “Reactive UI” settings for the new Smart Display, while there is a design tweak to control dials throughout the client. This Android release, however, does not enable the custom Assistant volume we spotted on iOS.

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google Home Stories July 20

A fairly common complaint with Smart Displays and Home speakers is how the google Assistant voice is tied to the standard media volume. This can result in search results and responses being too loud or too quiet. google is now readying a solution with “Custom TTS Volume” in the Home app.

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Smart speakers are used in many households for controlling smart lighting products. Currently, one of the most popular smart lighting options, Philips Hue, can’t be connected to google Assistant due to a bug, but thankfully, both companies are at least aware of the problem that takes away the ability for google Home to control the smart lights.

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google Home Stories July 18

On July 16th, 1969, NASA successfully launched a mission to bring astronauts to the moon, and 50 years later, we’ve just passed the anniversary of that historic event. To celebrate, the US Navy has developed a new google Assistant game called “Journey to the Moon” which plays real audio recordings and takes you through the process of the lunar launch.

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