Google Assistant

A Google Home First: Local Integration with GE Smart Bulbs via BLE - No Network Needed*

By Julie Jacobson · October 9, 2018 • If you guessed Google's first stab at local home-automation might involve ZigBee, Z-Wave or Thread + Weave ... you would be wrong. Google announces local integration via BLE with GE smart bulbs, along with a new protocol for pairing and control.

The Day After: Catch up on Breaking News from Google/Nest Oct. 10

By CE Pro Editors · October 8, 2018 • Hold this date: Oct. 10, 2018. You won’t want to miss a one-on-one conversation with CE Pro founding editor Julie Jacobson and Google exec Michele Turner … one day after the companies make their big Fall 2018 new-product announcements.

Smart Home Devices Market to Grow 31 Percent Year Over Year, Says IDC Report

By CE Pro Editors · October 4, 2018 • International Data Corporation report says smart speaker and other smart home devices sales will grow at quick clip over the next five years. Smart Home Devices Market Forecast to Be Growing Globally at 31% Annual Clip (SSI Title)

Voice Control at CEDIA 2018 - Latest on Alexa, Google, Bixby, Sonos, Josh

By Julie Jacobson · August 28, 2018 • Latest in voice control for the smart home will be revealed at CEDIA Expo 2018, including new technologies from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby and Josh.ai.

New Sony Master Series OLED, LCD - Netflix Calibrated, Powerful Processor, 3 HDR Options

By Joe Palenchar · August 1, 2018 • Sony's new Master Series A9F OLED and Z9F LCD TVs offer exclusive Netflix Calibrated Mode for rendering as content creators intended, plus three HDR options, first eARC implementation, improved 'Acoustic Surface' localized sound.

Get Ready for Google Assistant Smart Displays, Starting with Lenovo

By Andrew Nichols · July 30, 2018 • Lenovo Smart Display ($199) is first Google Assistant with a screen -- ideal for consumers married to the Google ecosystem, including Maps, Calendar, Nest, Android phones, Duo video calling, Android Things and more.

Google Launches ‘Continued Conversation’ Feature for Google Home Devices

By Andrew Nichols · June 21, 2018 • Originally announced at Google I/O in May, the company's latest Home update includes the ability to hold a conversation with Google Assistant voice control.

Optoma Claims first Projector Compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa

By CE Pro Editors · June 16, 2018 • At Infocomm 2018, Optoma announced UHD51A 4K is first voice-controllable home-theater projector compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Alexa is Top Voice-Control for Smart-Home Pros, but Google Gains - CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis

By CE Pro Editors · June 6, 2018 • Amazon Alexa, not surprisingly, is the top voice-control brand among CE Pro 100 high-revenue integrators, but Google Assistant is starting to register, according to the 2018 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.

Polk Smart Speaker Features Google Assistant, Chromecast

By Robert Archer · May 16, 2018 • Built upon the Android Things platform, the newly announced $199 Polk Assist smart speaker leverages Google's learning algorithms and Android ecosystem, as well as certified Android Things System-on-Modules (SoMs) for feature and security updates.

Google Joins Azione, Pushing DIY Voice Control to Smart-Home Pros

By Julie Jacobson · March 28, 2018 • Azione Unlimited, a buying group for home-technology pros, adds another DIY vendor to the roster -- Google Home -- shortly after Sonos joins the group.

Google Assistant Gets ‘Help’ Command for ‘Smart Senior Living’

By Julie Jacobson · February 13, 2018 • KNX home automation system with Google Assistant allows seniors and other residents to summon help by voice or automatically through IoT events; caregivers can respond remotely with realKNX system demonstrated at ISE 2018.

Answering 4 Big Questions about Voice Control

By Jason Knott · November 9, 2017 • How do CE pros make money with voice control like Amazon Echo, Google Assistant and others, which one is best, and is it a service opportunity or service nightmare?

Google Assistant Now Built into Sony Android TVs

By Robert Archer · November 7, 2017 • The global electronics company Sony is adding the voice control Google Assistant feature to a selection of its Android 4K TV models.

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