Google Assistanthttps://blog.google/products/assistant/Google Assistanten-usTue, 08 Feb 2022 19:00:00 +0000https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/opa_circle_200.max-100x100.pngGoogle Assistanthttps://blog.google/products/assistant/Treats, trends and touchdowns — it’s game timehttps://blog.google/products/search/treats-trends-and-touchdowns-its-game-time/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We are just days away from the biggest night in football and Google is here to help you prep. Warm-up with some trending food and stats, get ready to watch the game with Google TV, tackle football-related queries with Assistant and re-watch all your favorite commercials on AdBlitz. Start to finish, we’ve got you covered.</p><p></p><h3><b>Gameday stats</b></h3><p>It isn’t a gameday without delicious food. This time last year, we saw searches for wings increased more than 130% compared to a typical Sunday in 2021 on Google Maps, and around this time every year, we see search interest in buffalo wings spike. This year, we decided to take a look at what the most-searched wing flavors were across the United States.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Map of the United States showing which the most-searched wing flavors were by state." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/wings.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>But Sunday isn't just about food: We also checked out regional search interest in this year’s teams and quarterbacks.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Map of the United States showing which quarterback was the most-searched by state." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/QB_3S5v7cl.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Map of the United States showing which football team was the most-searched by state." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Teams.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>And the big game isn’t complete without an epic halftime show. Take a look at this year’s performers ranked by search interest over the past year.</p><p>Most-searched 2022 halftime artists over the past year in the U.S.</p><ol><li>Eminem</li><li>Snoop Dogg</li><li>Dr. Dre</li><li>Kendrick Lamar</li><li>Mary J. Blige</li></ol><h3><b>Say “Hey Google” to get your head in the game</b></h3><p>Get into the game day spirit with Google Assistant, which is ready to answer all of your questions about football’s biggest game day. Start with some of these questions that will have you sounding like a pro:</p><ul><li>“Hey Google, who’s going to win the big game?”</li><li>“Hey Google, help me talk like a football fan.”</li><li>"Hey Google, Touchdown!"</li><li>“Hey Google, give me facts about football.”</li></ul><h3><b>From endzone to AdBlitz</b></h3><p>The commercials are (almost) just as important as the game, and you can find big game ads on the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/adblitz">YouTube AdBlitz channel</a>. There you can stream playlists featuring the most comedic, dramatic, action-packed and inspirational commercials and teasers. YouTube lets you decide which brands scored big with their game day ad, too — and the five ads with the most views by February 20 will be given the honor of entering the <a href="https://blog.youtube/news-and-events/2021-youtube-adblitz-awards/">AdBlitz winners’ circle</a>.</p><h3><b>Catch the game with Google TV</b></h3><p>Tune into the big game on Sunday and stream everything from kickoff to the winning play with your Google TV device, other Android TV OS device or in the Google TV app on Android devices in the U.S. Coverage begins at 12pm ET on NBC and Peacock, or on the NBC channel in your preferred live TV app with a YouTube TV or Sling TV subscription.</p><p>If you’ve recently bought a new Google TV or other Android TV OS device, you can get started by enjoying six months of Peacock Premium at no extra cost (<a href="https://play.google.com/intl/en_us/about/peacock-promo-terms/">terms apply</a>). Just head to your Apps tab and scroll down to find your Peacock offer.</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 08 Feb 2022 19:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/search/treats-trends-and-touchdowns-its-game-time/Google AssistantGoogle TVSearchYouTubearticleTreats, trends and touchdowns — it’s game timeGet ready for the big game with some help from Google.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/pexels-fabricio-trujillo-54567.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/search/treats-trends-and-touchdowns-its-game-time/Edna ZoneFootball FanaticCES 2022: Making the most of your drive with Googlehttps://blog.google/products/android/ces2022-androidforcars/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><i>Editor's note: Google planned to attend CES 2022 but pulled out of having an in-person presence due to concerns over COVID-19.</i></p><p></p><p>Google’s vision of helpfulness on the road is to provide a safe and seamless connected experience. Today, we’re introducing several updates for cars compatible with Android Auto and cars with Google built-in.</p><p></p><h3>Your Android phone as your car key</h3><p>With digital car key, <a href="https://blog.google/products/android/new-features-december-2021/">you can now use</a> select Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel phones to lock, unlock and start supported BMW vehicles from your phone. Starting later this year, phones with Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology will allow you to unlock your compatible car without taking your phone out at all, and key sharing will allow you to securely and remotely share your digital car key to trusted friends and family. We’re working to bring these features to even more Android phones and vehicles later this year.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Gif of a phone being placed on a car door handle to unlock it." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Digital_car_key.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Unlock your car with your mobile phone and a simple tap.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>A more helpful drive with Android Auto</h3><p>Now available on nearly 150 million cars around the world, Android Auto brings the best of Google onto your car display via your Android phone. Most of the world's top car brands are bringing wireless Android Auto to their newest models, meaning you never need a cord to connect. And with just one tap, <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/android/CES2022-bettertogether">Fast Pair</a> makes it easier than ever to connect your phone and wireless Android Auto. It’s available today on select BMW and Ford cars, with more to come. Also, with new accessories like the <a href="https://motorolasound.com/audio-products/android-auto/ma1">Motorola MA1 wireless adapter</a>, you can now enjoy the wireless Android Auto experience even if your car doesn't have wireless support built-in. Connected via USB, the adapter stays in your car and wirelessly projects Android Auto from your phone to your car display as soon as you step inside.</p><p>You can already enjoy thousands of media, messaging, navigation, parking and charging apps that support Android Auto. And this summer, we’re bringing you more. We’re partnering with Lyft and Kakao Mobility to integrate their driver apps into Android Auto, so drivers will be able to view and accept rides right from their car display. And with access to points of interest apps like MochiMochi, Fuelio and Prezzi Benzina, you can explore more of the world, find and pay for all types of car services, and track your mileage and costs.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Image of car dash with Lyft app driver interface shown on car display." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Lyft_Driver_app_in_Android_Auto.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Lyft Driver app for rideshare drivers will be projected onto their car display (UI for illustration purposes only and may not reflect final product).</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>New capabilities for cars with Google built-in</h3><p>Car manufacturers like Polestar, Volvo Cars, and General Motors - with more to come - are already shipping select cars with Google technology built right into their infotainment systems, allowing you to get more use out of helpful features.</p><p>With Google Play built-in, you can soon download navigation apps like Sygic and Flitsmeister, charging apps like ChargePoint and PlugShare, parking apps like SpotHero and ParkWhiz and points of interest apps. In fact, later this year, you will be able to access video entertainment in the car while parked, starting with <a href="https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/media/pressreleases/292936">Volvo Cars</a> with content from providers like YouTube. Suddenly, waiting for curbside pickup or for your car to charge isn't so boring anymore.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt='Image of car dashboard with Youtube video "Google Year in Search 202" playing.' class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Volvo_Image_JPEG.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Enjoy watching YouTube while parked on select Volvo Cars with Google built-in.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>This deeper integration allows you to get help from Google beyond the car display. Coming this spring to Volvo Cars, you’ll be able to check on and adjust even more car settings by asking Google. From activating features like lane keeping assist to checking when your next service is due, your voice can replace looking around for the right button or scrolling through settings.</p><p></p><h3>Smart home, meet smart car</h3><p>With remote actions, you will soon be able to ask Google for help even before leaving the front door. Ask Google to warm up or cool down your car, lock and unlock it and check on the status of things like your battery charge, all from the comfort of your own home with the help of any Google Assistant-enabled device. This is coming first to select <a href="https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/media/pressreleases/292935">Volvo Cars</a>, with more to follow.</p></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="YIrR5uQuFlQ" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-YIrR5uQuFlQ"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper " role="link"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="Video showing woman using remote actions to pre-warm her car before setting off on a drive in the snow." src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Screenshot_2022-01-05_8.49.06_AM.max-1000x1000.png"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Whether you’re getting ready for a drive or already on the road, we’re working hard to make sure Google helps make every ride a safe, smart and seamless experience.</p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 05 Jan 2022 18:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/android/ces2022-androidforcars/Google AssistantAndroidMapsYouTubearticleCES 2022: Making the most of your drive with GoogleNew ways we're making your driving experience easier and better connected with Google and Android.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Blog_header.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/products/android/ces2022-androidforcars/Mickey KatariaProduct Director, Android for CarsWinter is coming: 9 ways to enjoy it with Googlehttps://blog.google/products/maps/winter-coming-9-ways-enjoy-it-google/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>As a native Oregonian, I thought living in California would be an incredible break from the nine months of rain I’d endured growing up. What I didn’t realize was that 70-degree winters felt…wrong. Where were the mittens? The down jackets? The occasional snowy days? I’ve since moved back to the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve had a renewed appreciation for winter weather.</p><p>In fact, I enjoy the chilly months of the year so much, I’ve put together a few ways to make the most of the cold weather.</p><p></p><ol><li>I love snowshoeing, and I always want to <b>find new trails</b>. I use Google Maps to look for mountain biking and hiking trails that are covered in snow in the winter. (Just look for the hiking icons, or the light dash lines that indicate trails.) If I come across a good one, I label it on Maps so I know how to get back.</li></ol></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Animated GIF showing trails on Google Maps and how you can select and label them; this one is being saved to a list called “trails.”" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/chrome-capture_3.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>2. I’m a year-round runner, but once the temperature dips below 50 Fahrenheit and the roads get wet or icy, <b>I need new gear</b> — all of which I can find in one place using <a href="https://www.google.com/search?tbm=shop&amp;q=winter+running+gear&amp;hl=en&amp;psb=1&amp;ved=0CAAQvOkFahcKEwjQoKebz7H0AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQXQ">Google Shopping</a>. You can select the <a href="https://www.google.com/search?tbm=shop&amp;q=+Sports+%26+Outdoors+&amp;hl=en&amp;psb=1&amp;ved=0CBMQu-kFahcKEwiIrM_Hv770AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQNw">Sports &amp; Outdoors tab</a> to browse — and turn on the deals filter for discounts.<br/><br/>3. And when I’m <i>returning</i> from a chilly run, I can use the Google Home app to <b>turn on my Nest Thermostat</b> before I get home, so I know I’m not wasting energy while I’m out <i>and</i> the house will be toasty when I come in. I also use <a href="https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/10071816">Home &amp; Away Routines</a> so that Nest knows when I’m out and can adjust my temperature automatically.<br/><br/>4. OK fine, there’s one downside of winter weather, and that’s how early it gets dark. I use Google Assistant to <b>notify me an hour before sunset</b> so I can get outside for some sunshine before the sun goes down.<br/><br/>5. We’ve started cutting down our own Christmas tree, which is actually pretty easy to do. A quick Google Search for cutting down a tree on federal land will help you find a map (and how you can purchase a permit). Then you can just <b>use Google Maps to take you to the right area</b>.<br/><br/> 6. If I’m feeling really adventurous and ready to hit the slopes, I’ll check out the <a href="https://www.google.com/travel/explore">Explore tool</a> on <a href="http://google.com/travel">google.com/travel</a>. I can set my home as the point of origin and then select “skiing” under the Interests filter and <b>see what ski towns I can visit</b>.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Animated GIF showing the United States on Google Maps. The arrow selects the “interests” tab and then “skiing” to surface ski towns in different parts of the country." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/skiing.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>7. I love a good <a href="https://www.google.com/alerts">Google Alert</a> to stay up to date on what’s going on locally. Once November rolls around, <b>I set one for “Oregon winter festivals.”</b></p><p>8. Pixel cameras take incredible photos in dimly lit areas, so using Night Sight for shots of light displays or snowy nights is a no-brainer. And if you’ve already snagged a <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/pixel/pixel-6s-camera-combines-hardware-software-and-ml/">Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro</a>, those photos will look even better: The new Pixel camera lets in 2.5 times as much light as the Pixel 5, and you can try out the <b>new Motion Mode setting to capture an artsy falling snow pic</b>.</p></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: take-holiday-photos-night-sight-portrait-mode" }' href="https://blog.google/products/pixel/take-holiday-photos-night-sight-portrait-mode/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/holiday-lights-night-sight-hero_1.gif')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">Take holiday photos with Night Sight in Portrait Mode</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">Take beautiful holiday photos with this new feature for Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>9. Most winter nights, I make a real fire — but when I don’t feel like hauling in wood, there’s always <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fireplace"><b>a YouTube version, complete with crackle</b></a>.</p></div></div></body></html>Fri, 03 Dec 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/maps/winter-coming-9-ways-enjoy-it-google/SearchGoogle AssistantTravelPixelMapsGoogle NestarticleWinter is coming: 9 ways to enjoy it with GoogleUse Google Maps, Nest, Assistant and other tools to get the most out of winter weather.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/winter_weather_hero_1_gwRej4X.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/maps/winter-coming-9-ways-enjoy-it-google/Molly ContributorThe Keyword10 ways Google Assistant can help you during the holidayshttps://blog.google/products/assistant/10-ways-google-assistant-can-help-you-during-holidays/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>As fun as the holidays can be, they’re also filled with lots of to-do lists, preparation and planning. Before the hustle and bustle of the season begins, we wanted to share a few ways you can use Google Assistant to stay on top of things and do what matters most — spending quality time with family and friends.<br/></p><ol><li><b>Get together over a good meal made easy with hands-free help in the kitchen</b>. Surprise your family and friends with a new dish or dessert or find inspiration by saying, “Hey Google, find me Thanksgiving recipes.”<br/></li><li>…And if you happen to come across a few new favorites, tap on that recipe and ask your Assistant to save it for you by saying <b>“Hey Google, add to my cookbook.</b>” Then when it comes time for a holiday feast, all your recent recipes will be waiting for you on your Smart Display and will show up when you say <b>“Hey Google, show me my cookbook.”</b> Once you've gathered your ingredients, select the recipe you want to cook and say <b>“Hey Google, start cooking”</b> to get step-by-step instructions on your Smart Display.</li></ol></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Illustration of a Smart Display with a recipe on the screen. There is also a photo of a warm drink with whipped cream on the screen." class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Copy_of_Q4_illustrations_Q4_e1_2_cookbook.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>3. When the food is prepared and the table is set, <b>let everyone know dinner is ready with</b><a href="https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7531913?hl=en&amp;co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid"><b>Broadcast.</b></a> Just say, “Hey Google, broadcast ‘dinner is ready.’”<br/></p><p>4. How early is too early for festive music? The limit does not exist! And even if you don’t have something queued up, you can just say<b>“Hey Google, play Christmas music</b>.”<br/></p><p>5. Want to avoid scrolling endlessly for gifts? Android users can use Assistant to browse shopping apps like Walmart with just their voice. If you have the Walmart app installed on your Android phone, try saying<b>“Hey Google, search Walmart for bicycles.”<br/></b></p><p>6. Avoid spending hours waiting on hold when you call to adjust travel plans or return a gift. <b>Pixel users can take advantage of</b> <a href="https://blog.google/products/pixel/hold-for-me/"><b>Hold For Me</b></a>, where Google Assistant will wait on the line for you and let you know when a real person is ready to take your call.<br/></p><p>7. Connect and feel close from anywhere with <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-make-group-call-now-available-nest-hub-max/">video calling</a>. <b>Make a group call with Duo supporting up to 32 people on your Nest Hub Max — or send a “happy holidays!” message using one of the fun AR effects on mobile devices</b>. To start a Duo call, just say, “Hey Google, make a video call.”<br/></p><p>8. <b>Keep your family’s busy holiday schedule on track with</b> <a href="https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/10011399?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&amp;hl=en"><b>Family Bell</b></a> <b>from Google.</b> Say “Hey Google, set up a Family Bell” to be reminded with delightful sounds on your speakers or smart displays when it’s time to tackle important moments of your day, like holiday meals or volunteering at the local gift drive. And for routines that require a little extra work — like getting the kids to bed after a get together — create a Family Bell checklist on your Smart Display with get ready bells that remind them of key tasks to complete, like brushing their teeth and putting on pajamas.<br/></p><p>9. Have some fun and <b>create new memories with a hands-free family game night</b>. Put your game face on and say, “Hey Google, let’s play a game.”</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><video alt="Grabbit" autoplay="" class="article-image__media" loop="" muted="" playsinline="" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_videos/GRABBIT_VIDEO_1.mp4" tabindex="0" title="A video showing how the Grabbit interactive story feature works." type="video/mp4">Video format not supported</video></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>10. <b>Spark some holiday magic with a story from Google.</b> We’ve added a new interactive story from <a href="http://www.grabbit.nz/">Grabbit</a>, a twist on the classic fairytale, “Hansel and Gretel.” Play the story from either the perspective of Hansel and Gretel or the Witch, and decide how the story unfolds. Just say “<a href="https://assistant.google.com/services/a/uid/0000001a52140ec9?hl=en_us">Hey Google, talk to Twisted Hansel and Gretel</a>” and let the adventure begin! More interactive stories from Grabbit like “Jungle Book,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Sherlock Holmes” will soon be available on your Google Nest smart display devices between now and the new year.</p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 17 Nov 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/10-ways-google-assistant-can-help-you-during-holidays/Google AssistantPixelGoogle Nestarticle10 ways Google Assistant can help you during the holidaysDon’t let the holiday season overwhelm you — check out a few ways Google Assistant can help.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Assistant_holiday.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/10-ways-google-assistant-can-help-you-during-holidays/Dina BerradaDirector of Product ManagementGoogle AssistantA communication tool for people with speech impairmentshttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/project-relate/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>For millions of people, being able to speak and be understood can be difficult as a result of conditions that can impact speech, including stroke, ALS, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury or Parkinson's disease. Today, we’re inviting an initial group of people to test <a href="http://g.co/ProjectRelate">Project Relate</a>, a new Android app that aims to help people with speech impairments communicate more easily with others and interact with the Google Assistant.</p><p>Project Relate is a continuation of years of research from both Google’s <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2019/07/parrotron-new-research-into-improving.html">Speech</a> and <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2021/09/personalized-asr-models-from-large-and.html">Research</a> teams, made possible by over a <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/project-euphonia-1000-hours-speech-recordings/?_ga=2.11183347.610317752.1635795745-644855790.1613167731">million speech samples</a> recorded by participants of our research effort. We are now looking for <a href="http://g.co/ProjectRelate">English-speaking testers</a> in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States to try out the app and provide feedback to help us improve it.</p><p>As an early tester of Project Relate, you will be asked to record a set of phrases. The app will use these phrases to automatically learn how to better understand your unique speech patterns, and give you access to the app's three main features: Listen, Repeat and Assistant.</p><p><b>Listen</b>: Through the Listen feature, the Relate app transcribes your speech to text in real time, so you can copy-paste text into other apps, or let people read what you want to tell them.</p><p><b>Repeat</b>: You can use the Repeat feature to restate what you’ve said using a clear, synthesized voice. We hope this can be especially helpful in face-to-face conversation or even when you want to speak a command to your home assistant device.</p><p><b>Assistant</b>: Speak directly to your Google Assistant from within the Relate app, so you can take care of different tasks, such as turning on the lights or playing a song, with ease.</p><p>In creating the app, we worked closely with many people with speech impairments, including Aubrie Lee, a brand manager at Google, whose speech is affected by muscular dystrophy. “I’m used to the look on people’s faces when they can’t understand what I’ve said,” Aubrie shared with us. “Project Relate can make the difference between a look of confusion and a friendly laugh of recognition.” Since Aubrie works on the marketing team that names new products, she also helped us name the app!</p><p>If you have a condition that makes your speech difficult to understand, you may be able to help provide feedback on the Project Relate Android app as a trusted tester. To express interest, please fill out our interest form at <a href="http://g.co/ProjectRelate">g.co/ProjectRelate</a>, and the team will get back to you in the coming months.</p><p>With your help, we hope to build a future in which people with disabilities can more easily communicate and be understood.</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 09 Nov 2021 19:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/project-relate/Google AssistantAccessibilityAIarticleA communication tool for people with speech impairmentsProject Relate, a new app available in closed beta, helps people with speech impairments communicate and interact with Google Assistant.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/PROJECT_RELATE_YT_THUMBNAIL.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/project-relate/Julie CattiauProduct ManagerGoogle AISay hello to better phone callshttps://blog.google/products/pixel/phone-app-updates/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Our smartphones can do amazing things: They can capture great photos, and they act as our alarm clock, our camera, our stereo, our library, our game console and more, all in one. But making phone calls, the original “feature” of our devices, has mostly remained the same for decades. When we call businesses to get something done, we’re often met with long, automated systems and endless elevator music. And as we go about our days, we’re often distracted by calls from unknown numbers, spammers and scammers. That’s why we are always seeking improvements with phone calls, and so today we’re excited to announce our latest advancements in calling assistance to make them better.</p><p></p><h3>A better way to call businesses</h3><p>Starting today on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices in the U.S. our latest <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.dialer">Phone app</a> features, Wait Times and Direct My Call, make calling businesses easier. Before you even place your call to a toll-free business number, you’ll see the current and projected Wait Times for the rest of the week. That can help you decide whether you have time to call now, or plan when to call later to avoid long waits. Wait Times are inferred from call length data that is not linked to user identifiers.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="When calling a business, see menu options on the screen for you to tap." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Dialer_P6-Marketing_Wait-Times.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Once you ring the business, Direct My Call helps you get to the right place with less hassle. Google Assistant transcribes the automated message and menu options for you in real time and displays them on your screen for you to see and tap, so you don’t need to remember all the options. Direct My Call is powered by Google’s Duplex technology, which uses advanced speech recognition and language understanding models to determine when the business wants you to do something ​​– like select a number (“Press 1 for hours and locations”), say a word (“Say ‘representative’ to speak with one of our agents”) or input your account number.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="When calling a business, see menu options on the screen for you to tap." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Dialer_P6-Marketing_Direct-My-Call.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Direct My Call builds on previous features we've released that make calling businesses easier. Last year, we <a href="https://blog.google/products/pixel/hold-for-me/">launched</a> Hold For Me to help reduce the number of minutes you spend on hold. It already saves Pixel users in the United States over 1.5 million minutes each month, and it’s expanding to Pixel users in Australia, Canada and Japan in the coming months. Assistant is able to recognize when hold music is being played and understands the difference between a recorded message (like “Hello, thank you for waiting”) and a representative on the line thanks to Duplex technology, so that you can go back to your day and get notified when someone is ready to talk.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Press “Hold for me” and let Google Assistant wait on hold, then notify you when someone is ready to talk." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Dialer_P6-Marketing_Hold-For-Me.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Know who’s calling you</h3><p>Receiving calls from unknown numbers is a drag, and a majority of Americans choose not to answer them. They also report missing important calls they assume are spam. That’s why starting today, we’re improving Google’s extensive caller ID coverage of businesses with help from our users. You can now <a href="https://support.google.com/phoneapp/answer/3459196?hl=en">share information</a> about unknown businesses that you call or answer (such as the type of business) and over time that information will be displayed on incoming calls to help others know more about who’s calling them. This information is not joined with any user identifiers. We expect this to double the number of businesses that have caller ID information – so you can answer more calls with confidence.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Caller ID identifies a type of business, in addition to the phone number." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Dialer_P6-Marketing_Caller-ID-Tag.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>If you <i>do</i> get a call from an unknown number, not to worry – Call Screen helps you find out who they are and why they’re calling before you pick up. Call Screen helps users in the U.S., Canada and Japan screen 37 million calls each month, and today we’re expanding <a href="https://support.google.com/phoneapp/answer/9118387?hl=en">manual Call Screen</a> to Pixel users in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Italy and Spain. Our latest on-device speech models make the transcriptions more accurate than ever on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro thanks to Pixel’s new Google Tensor.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Google Assistant answers calls and transcribes the conversation." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Dialer_P6-Marketing_Call-Screen.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Keeping your data safe</h3><p>All audio transcriptions are processed on your device, which makes the experiences fast and also protects your privacy. No audio from the call will be shared with Google unless you explicitly decide to share it to help improve features. After the experience is over, like when you return to a call after Google Assistant was on hold for you or after Google Assistant screened a call, audio stops being processed altogether.</p><p>It’s time to rethink phone calls, and our latest calling assistance features are designed to save you time and make it easier than ever to connect with the right contact at the right time.</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/pixel/phone-app-updates/Google AssistantPixelarticleSay hello to better phone callsStarting today on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices in the U.S, our latest Phone app features, Wait Times and Direct My Call, make calling businesses easier.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/HFM-hero2x.max-2800x2800.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/pixel/phone-app-updates/Jan JedrzejowiczProduct ManagerGoogle VoiceHappy 5th birthday, Google Assistant!https://blog.google/products/assistant/happy-5th-birthday-google-assistant/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We launched Google Assistant five years ago — and back then, it sometimes felt a bit strange to ask our devices for help. Now, digital assistants are part of daily life for millions of people around the world. In fact, Google Assistant has helped answer billions of questions, send millions of messages, make millions of recipes, set billions of reminders and much more (hands-free!).</p><p>In its early days, Assistant offered just two voices, was available on Google Home speakers in the U.S. and supported English and German on Pixel phones. Now, Assistant is available in over 90 countries in nearly 30 languages, offers 10 voices to choose from and works with more than <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-nest/new-nest-audio/">100 million smart home devices</a>, including lights, security systems and thermostats.</p><p>Try asking “Hey Google, Happy Birthday” or “Hey Google, how old are you?” for a timely surprise. To continue the celebration, members of the Google Assistant team share some of their favorite features and advancements from the past five years.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Supporting more complex, contextual and helpful conversations</h3><p><b>Dave Orr, Group Product Manager, Natural Language Processing</b></p><p>Google Assistant brings together all the technology Google has been building for years, from the Knowledge Graph to Natural Language Processing. One of my proudest moments working on the team was when we <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/loud-and-clear-ai-improving-assistant-conversations/">applied BERT</a>, the revolutionary neural transformer invented by Google in 2018, to Assistant conversations, helping Assistant understand context and longer dialogs, making conversations more natural.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Advancing and expanding AI capabilities</h3><p><b>Lisa Huang, Group Product Manager, Duplex</b></p><p>A major milestone for me was when we <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/io18/">introduced</a> Duplex for Google Assistant three years ago <b>—</b> revolutionizing the ability for computers to understand and generate natural speech. It meant Assistant could make a phone call on your behalf for an <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/book-table-google-assistant-across-country-more-devices/">appointment</a>, find <a href="https://blog.google/products/maps/stay-informed-and-get-around-safely-google-maps/">store hours</a> or make <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/5-new-ways-google-assistant-can-make-day-little-easier/">online food orders</a> easier. In fact, more than 600,000 reservations at restaurants and hair salons were made last month with this feature. Throughout the pandemic, Duplex <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/duplex-helpful-updates/">made millions of calls to businesses</a> for store hours and delivery availability, in Maps and Search.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Building a more inclusive Assistant</h3><p><b>Beth Tsai, Director, Policy</b></p><p>One of the things I love most about Assistant is how intentional we’ve been about inclusivity. For example, we don’t think of Assistant as having any particular gender, which is reflected in its name. When you set up your Google Nest device, we randomly assign a voice, so you have a 50/50 chance of getting one of two voices — either the “red” voice or the “orange” voice. We don't formally designate voices as being "male" or "female," but you can think of the “red” voice as traditionally female sounding, and the “orange” voice as traditionally male sounding.</p><p><b>Bertrand Damiba — Group Product Manager, Language, Translation, Routines &amp; Recommendations</b></p><p>I’m really proud of how our team mobilized to support and educate users around the Black Lives Matter movement through inclusive content. We also added the ability to say “Hey Google, what happened today in <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/diversity/juneteenth-2021/">Black history</a>?” and “Hey Google, what happened today in <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/diversity/hispanic-heritage-month-what-it-means-be-here-today/">Latino history</a>?”</p><p><b>Sheenam Maheshwari — Product Manager, Text-to-Speech</b></p><p>We’ve been working on adding Text-to-Speech voices for Google Assistant that can fluently speak and understand more than one language, even within one utterance (or code-switching) — they’ll launch in the coming days. Check out a preview of the new English-Spanish bilingual voice when you ask Assistant about Latino history. Names will even be pronounced in a more authentic Spanish accent. We’ll add support for English-Hindi and other common language pairs where code-switching often occurs later this year.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Designing a private Assistant from the ground up</h3><p><b>Bryan Horling — Software Engineer, Privacy</b></p><p>A highlight from my time on the team was when we launched <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/introducing-guest-mode/">Guest Mode</a>. Just say, “Hey Google, turn on Guest Mode,” and your Google Assistant interactions will not be saved to your account. Another way we’re helping users manage their data is with <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/ces-2020-google-assistant/">voice actions</a>: You can say “Hey Google, delete my last conversation” or “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you this week” and Assistant will delete activity from your account.</p><p>Google Assistant is built to keep your information private, safe and secure. As always, users have <a href="https://safety.google/assistant/">control</a> over how Google Assistant handles their data and the features they choose to use. You can do things like review, delete or turn off <a href="https://myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols/search">Web and App Activity</a>, limit <a href="https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity?restrict=waa">audio recordings</a> or turn off <a href="https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity?restrict=waa">ads personalization</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Creating more secure, optional personalized experiences</h3><p><b>Nino Tasca — Group Product Manager, Speech</b></p><p>It was really exciting to be the first to introduce the technology that lets users teach a digital assistant to recognize their voice with Voice Match. You can choose to train Google Assistant to recognize your, your kids’ and whoever else’s voice you share a home with so everyone gets personalized responses. We built on this with <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-nest/hub-max-io/">Face Match</a>, which means your device can recognize when you walk up to it and present a personalized display, or media — like your calendar or upcoming package deliveries.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Hands-free help while driving</h3><p><b>Effie Goenawan — Product Manager, Auto</b></p><p>We just launched several <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/upgrade-your-drive-google-your-copilot/">new Google Assistant updates</a> for cars, and I personally love that you can say "Hey Google, pay for gas" to complete your transaction from Android Auto or from your Android phone. And starting to roll out today, you can say “Hey Google, let’s drive” to access a new dashboard for Google Assistant <a href="https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/10217503?hl=en&amp;ref_topic=10217595">driving mode</a> on your phone or automatically launch it in your car via Bluetooth.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Helping families throughout their day</h3><p><b>Brad Abrams — Group Product Manager, Family</b></p><p>At the onset of the pandemic, I quickly learned my family needed help keeping on track. One of my favorite productivity features is <a href="https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/10011399?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&amp;hl=en">Family Bell</a>. I use it on my smart speakers and smart displays to remind me it’s time to make dinner, or for my kids to take a break and stretch.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Building the smart home of the future</h3><p><b>Michele Turner — Sr. Director, Product Management, Smart Home Ecosystem</b></p><p>One of the most exciting milestones for me was when Google and other leading tech companies came together to develop <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-nest/four-google-smart-home-updates-matter/">Matter</a>, a protocol that simplifies smart homes by using one standard across the industry.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>A redesigned Assistant for the phone</h3><p><b>Luv Kothari — Senior Product Manager, Mobile</b></p><p>I personally enjoy calling features like <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/duplex-helpful-updates/">Call Screen</a> and <a href="https://blog.google/products/pixel/hold-for-me/">Hold for Me</a> where Assistant manages tasks over the phone. And our recent breakthroughs in on-device speech processing means that more requests can happen right on your Pixel, making Assistant faster and many device-level queries like “take a selfie,” “open Chrome,” “turn on flashlight” work even without an internet connection.</p></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="ahtddEL0K7Q" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-ahtddEL0K7Q"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper " role="link"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="Video celebrating 5 years of Google Assistant" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/1._5bday_YouTube-Thumbnail_Recommend.max-1000x1000.png"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div></body></html>Wed, 13 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/happy-5th-birthday-google-assistant/Google AssistantPixelGoogle NestarticleHappy 5th birthday, Google Assistant!Members of the Google Assistant team share some of their favorite features and advancements from the past five years.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Google_Assistant_5th_Birthday.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/happy-5th-birthday-google-assistant/The Google Assistant Team “Hey Google, tell me a girl hero story”https://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-tell-me-a-girl-hero-story/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Today is <a href="https://www.un.org/en/observances/girl-child-day">International Day of the Girl</a>, a chance to recognize the 1.1 billion girls who are changing the world — as well as acknowledge the challenges they face. This year’s theme is “Digital Inclusion for Girls” and to me, it means focusing on our responsibility at Google to make sure our technologies create opportunities for girls in the digital space. And that includes the ongoing work we do on Google Assistant to challenge gender stereotypes.</p><p>This effort was very personal to me – my son is five and I see him developing his views on people and differences between them every day. It matters deeply to me that he sees girls, and people from all over the world, as heroic, fierce, smart and successful.</p><p>I’m really excited that he can listen to some of the new inspiring stories of girls and women heroes available on Google Assistant. These stories focus on girls and women from diverse backgrounds, and push back against traditional tropes and focus more on problem-solving and leadership.</p><p>Just say “Hey Google, tell me a girl hero story” to select from a list of more than 25 new nonfiction and fiction stories from <a href="https://www.capstonepub.com/">Capstone</a> and <a href="http://theenglishschoolhouse.com/">The English Schoolhouse</a>, developed by <a href="https://www.earplay.com/">Earplay</a>, on your Assistant-enabled phones and smart displays, like Nest Hub.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Image of the story ”Marielle's Sweet Shop” from The English Schoolhouse" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/hero_image_VBDUxkS.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Some of my favorites include “My Sister, Daisy,” which unpacks the relationship of siblings and gender identity, “Aunt Bunny” a heartwarming story highlighting the importance of community, family and friendship, and ”Marielle's Sweet Shop,” a story about a mom and daughter entrepreneur duo.</p><p>I also love learning more about personal heroes of mine through stories like “Amelia Earhart Builds a Roller Coaster' or 'Wilma Rudolph Plays Basketball."</p><p>Take a listen today, and learn more about the girls and women you think of as heroes — or maybe learn about a new one.</p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 11 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-tell-me-a-girl-hero-story/Google AssistantGoogle Nestarticle“Hey Google, tell me a girl hero story”Listen to some of the new inspiring stories of girls and women heroes available on Google Assistant.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Captone_hero.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-tell-me-a-girl-hero-story/Rebecca NathensonDirector of Product for the Google Assistant Developer PlatformWelcome to spooky seasonhttps://blog.google/products/search/spooky-season-trends-2021/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air, which means it’s about time to bust out the costumes, stock up on some candy and carve a pumpkin or two. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than these spooky Search and Maps trends we collected.</p><p></p><h3><b>Pumpkin to Search about</b></h3><p>Whether you plan on spending the day watching Halloween classics or trick-or-treating in a clever costume, we’ve got Search trends to give you some ideas. (Be sure to also check out our <a href="https://frightgeist.withgoogle.com/">annual Frightgeist</a> for the most-searched Halloween costumes across the U.S.)</p><p><b>Most-searched Halloween movies over the past week in the U.S.</b></p><ol><li>Halloween (1978)</li><li>Friday the 13th</li><li>Hocus Pocus</li><li>A Nightmare on Elm Street</li><li>Halloweentown</li></ol><p>Already seen these? Grab the popcorn (or the candy corn) and virtually explore the filming locations of your favorite cult classics on <a href="https://earth.google.com/web/search/scary+movie+film/@52.436422,-1.86470821,141.68845815a,752.70130034d,35y,-16.30007268h,28.99618164t,0r/data=ClgSLhIgYTcyMTgzNTRhZDNlMTFlODlmNWNlNTBmMTdhOTYxNWIiCmdjc19saXN0XzAiJgokCQAAAAAAAAAAEQAAAAAAAAAAGQAAAAAAAAAAIQAAAAAAAAAA">Google Earth</a>.</p><p>Moving on to costumes! Picking the right outfit — whether it’s just for you, a group or your furry friend — is important. Here are the costume searches that have been trending this week in the U.S.</p><p><b>Trending Halloween costumes:</b></p><ol><li>Squid Game</li><li>Gorilla</li><li>Britney Spears</li><li>Carnage</li><li>Venom</li></ol><p><b>Trending couples costumes:</b></p><ol><li>Trixie and Timmy Turner</li><li>Bonnie and Clyde</li><li>Skid and Pump</li><li>Mr. and Mrs. Smith</li><li>Cosmo and Wanda</li></ol><p><b>Trending dog costumes:</b></p><ol><li>Squid Game</li><li>Race car</li><li>Vampire</li><li>Donkey</li><li>Lobster</li></ol><p>If you still aren’t sure what to wear, you can ask Google Assistant for some last-minute costume ideas, too. Just say "Hey Google, what should I be for Halloween?”</p><p>Maybe you’d prefer to boo-rowse aisles IRL without a crowd. We checked the most popular times on Google Maps to visit costume shops across the U.S. and found they’re at their busiest on Saturday and Sunday around 2 p.m., and least busy before 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.</p><p>But, beware! Last-minute shoppers might be in for a scare. Google Maps searches for costume stores in the U.S. peaked on Halloween day last year — nearly doubling from the week before, and nearly tripling from October 10th. So get your costume and accessory shopping done early for the best chance of finding what you’re looking for.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>For those interested in refreshments or snacks to follow all that trick-or-treating, you can see which Halloween drinks are being searched for by state. And of course, everyone has to know what their state prefers: candy corn or M&amp;Ms?</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Map of the United States showing what the uniquely searched Halloween drinks trends are per state." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Halloween_Drink_Trends.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Map of the United States showing what the most searched Halloween candy is per state, with Candy Corn being the most searched in the majority of states." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Most_Searched_Halloween_Candy.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3><b>What unlocks a haunted house? A spoo-key</b></h3><p>Of course, Halloween isn’t only about get-togethers and candy — some of us enjoy a little scare. Head over to the <a href="https://blog.google/products/maps/maps-halloween-guide-2021">Google Maps guide to Halloween</a> and check out <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4TEHqAvQvs&amp;feature=emb_title">Local Guide Kimbra Kasch's</a> favorite spooky spots. And Kimbra should know: She grew up in a haunted house in Portland, Oregon!</p><p>Google Maps’ guide also has plenty of other places to discover for the fall festivities, so be sure to take a look.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph_with_image"><div class="article-module h-c-page"><div class="h-c-grid uni-paragraph-wrap"><div class="uni-paragraph h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3" data-component="uni-article-paragraph"></div></div></div></div></body></html>Thu, 07 Oct 2021 10:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/search/spooky-season-trends-2021/Google AssistantSearchMapsGoogle NestarticleWelcome to spooky seasonWe’re kicking off the spookiest time of the year with Halloween Search and Maps trends as well as some treats across Assistant and Nest.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Halloween_Trends_kw.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/search/spooky-season-trends-2021/Jack O'LanternUpgrade your drive with Google as your copilothttps://blog.google/products/assistant/upgrade-your-drive-google-your-copilot/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Do you drive with your phone clipped to your air vent? Or does your car have the latest built-in infotainment system? No matter what kind of car you own, Google is ready to make your drive better.  We’re bringing updates to Google Assistant driving mode, Android Auto and cars with Google built-in (welcome Honda!) to help every driver find their way around, stay entertained, and keep in touch.</p><p><br/></p><h2>Google Assistant driving mode on Android phones gets a new dashboard</h2><p>Millions of people in more than 12 countries use Google Assistant driving mode every day, by offering  voice-activated help via your Android phone in older cars. We originally launched it for <a href="https://blog.google/products/maps/google-maps-updates-get-you-through-holidays/">active navigation in Google Maps</a>, helping drivers manage tasks, like answering a call or responding to text messages with minimal distraction. </p><p>Thanks to early feedback, we heard how important it is to have your go-to apps handy for your drive, even when you don’t need turn-by-turn navigation. So coming soon, you’ll be able to say “Hey Google, let’s drive” (or connect your phone to your car’s Bluetooth) to open the new driving mode dashboard, reducing the need to fiddle with your phone while also making sure you stay focused on the road. With glanceable, tappable cards, the basics you’ll need for the road are available with a single tap — no scrolling required: Start your navigation, see who called or texted recently and quickly resume media from Amazon Music, Audible, iHeartRadio, JioSaavn, Pandora, Podcast Addict, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube Music and more providers. Plus, there’s a new messaging update: Just say “​​<a href="https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/11004673?hl=en">Hey Google, turn on auto read</a>” to hear new messages read aloud as they come in and to respond by voice.<br/></p><p>Driving mode will be the primary experience for Android phones going forward and will fully roll out in the next few weeks for Android phones in English (U.S., Australia, Canada, Ireland, India, Singapore and U.K.), German, Spanish (Spain, Mexico), French and Italian.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Image of the new Google Assistant driving mode dashboard which features easy to see, tappable cards to find media, navigate and call / text.." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Assistant_driving_mode_1600px.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h2>Improvements coming to Android Auto on car displays</h2><p>We’re also launching new features for the more than 100 million cars compatible with <a href="https://www.android.com/auto/">Android Auto</a> — bringing help from Google onto your car display via your Android phone. </p><p>You’ll now see music, news and podcast recommendations from Google Assistant, and be able to set which app launches whenever Android Auto starts. You’ll even be able to enjoy games from <a href="https://gamesnacks.com/embed/">GameSnacks</a> right from the car’s display while you’re parked, waiting for a to-go order or charging your vehicle. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><video alt="Gamesnacks on Android Auto" autoplay="" class="article-image__media" loop="" muted="" playsinline="" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_videos/gamesnacks_800_yQWE6cc.mp4" tabindex="0" title="Image of launching a game on Android Auto in-car display with GameSnacks." type="video/mp4">Video format not supported</video></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>If you’re a dual-SIM Android phone user, you can now choose which SIM card to use when making calls through Android Auto. And great news for commuters: ​​Android Auto will support your “Work profile,” which lets you see upcoming work meetings and messages on your car’s display. </p><p>When it’s time to fill up at the gas station, you can now put away your credit card or cash and say, “Hey Google, pay for gas” on Android Auto or from your Android phone. Select your pump number and  complete contactless payment with Google Pay. This will be available at over 32,500 gas stations across the U.S. starting with Exxon and Mobil, Conoco, Phillips 66 and 76 stations. </p><p><br/></p><h2>The best of Google apps and services built-in to more cars</h2><p>In the coming years, millions of cars will have Google fully built-in to their infotainment systems, so you can get around with Google Maps, use Google Assistant to turn on the A/C, download your favorite apps on Google Play and much more, even without a smartphone.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Image of Honda's brand logo" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Honda_color_mrtIirx.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We’re excited to share that <a href="https://hondanews.com/en-US/releases/honda-and-google-collaborate-on-in-vehicle-connected-services">our newest partner, Honda</a>, will be launching future models with Google built-in starting in 2022. In addition to Honda, this experience will be available on cars from top brands including Ford, General Motors, Polestar, Renault and Volvo Cars. Today, you can test drive or purchase cars with Google built-in —  like the <a href="https://www.polestar.com/us/polestar-2/">Polestar 2</a> and <a href="https://www.volvocars.com/us/v/cars/xc40-electric">Volvo XC40 Recharge</a> — and it’s coming to many more cars soon, like the new <a href="https://media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2021/sep/0909-silverado.html">Chevrolet Silverado</a> and <a href="https://www.renault.co.uk/electric-vehicles/megane-electric.html">Renault Mégane E-TECH Electric</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Image of a user asking Google to help find the nearest charging station from a car with Google -built in" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Cars_with_Google_built-in.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>If you drive an electric vehicle with Google built in, we make it easy to find charging stations and minimize charging time with Google Maps. Just say, “Hey Google, find me a charging station” to instantly see nearby stations compatible with your car, payment type and speed preferences, along with real-time information about whether or not a charger is available. And with new support for thermal battery management, Google Maps saves you precious time by helping your car’s battery heat up or cool down before you charge, reducing the amount of time you need to spend at a charger. </p><p>No matter what car you drive, we’re working hard to make sure you have the help you need from Google to get things done while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. </p><p><br/></p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 23 Sep 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/upgrade-your-drive-google-your-copilot/Google AssistantAndroidMapsarticleUpgrade your drive with Google as your copilotWe’re introducing new features for Google Assistant driving mode, Android Auto and cars with Google built-in to help you get things done during your next drive.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/New_features_for_every_car.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/upgrade-your-drive-google-your-copilot/Jack KrawczykProduct Director, Google AssistantMickey KatariaProduct Director, Android for Cars“Hey Google, read with Reese’s Book Club”https://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-read-with-reeses-book-club/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>As a young girl growing up in Venezuela, I had an insatiable appetite for reading. From fictional novels to computer science manuals, you name it, I would read it. Books allowed me to get lost in other worlds, expand my imagination and ultimately inspire me to dream bigger. These days, you can catch me reading with my two young kids or when I take some quiet “me time” on the weekends.</p><br/>That’s why I’m delighted that Google Assistant has partnered with <a href="https://reesesbookclub.com/">Reese’s Book Club</a> to offer a hands-free, immersive reading experience on Nest smart speakers, smart displays and Assistant-enabled mobile devices in English-speaking countries across the globe. Assistant users can now discover Reese Witherspoon’s monthly book picks, take a quiz for personalized book recommendations and get exclusive commentary about each book pick from Reese herself.</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="A GIF of the new Reese’s Book Club reading experience available on Google Assistant." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/RBC_Google_Assistant.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Google Assistant has partnered with Reese’s Book Club to offer a hands-free, immersive book curation experience.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>To get started, simply say “Hey Google, read with Reese’s Book Club” on your Assistant-enabled device.</p><p>You can easily link your account if you’re an existing Reese’s Book Club member —  or sign up with your Google account if you’d like to join. And you can still access this great content even if you aren’t a member: In addition to checking out the current and previous month’s book picks, you can find out why Reese recommends a particular monthly book pick, or hear her personal book reviews. And if you want to read the full book, simply head to Google Play Books to make a purchase. You can also add books to your “book pile” so you can better keep track of what you’d like to read next. </p><br/><p>What I like most about the book club is that each monthly book pick features interesting and diverse narratives from a female perspective. I can’t wait to read with Reese and hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 21 Sep 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-read-with-reeses-book-club/Google NestGoogle AssistantPixelarticle“Hey Google, read with Reese’s Book Club”Google Assistant has partnered with Reese’s Book Club to offer a hands-free, immersive book curation experience.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/reese-keyword.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-read-with-reeses-book-club/Lilian RinconSenior Director of Product ManagementGoogle AssistantEnjoy hands free help from Google at LEGOLAND hotelshttps://blog.google/products/assistant/enjoy-hands-free-help-google-legoland-hotels/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>If you're planning to travel this Fall and enjoy some time off with the family, you're also doing everything you can to have fun while still protecting your health. To help make guests feel more comfortable and safe, and have a more engaging experience during their hotel stay, we worked with the hospitality industry and <a href="https://volara.io/sales-page1596646884527">Volara</a> last year to <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/hands-free-hotel-stays-google/">introduce</a> a hands-free, voice-first experience with Google Assistant on Nest Hub smart displays. </p><p>Our <a href="https://assistant.google.com/hospitality/">hotel solutions</a> are already available in thousands of hotel rooms in the U.S. and U.K., and is now available in all guest rooms at both LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® California Resort, and the new LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® New York Resort. </p><p>Here are 10 things visitors will be able to do with Google Assistant on Nest Hub smart displays at LEGOLAND® Hotels: </p><hr/><p>1. Find help right away from hotel staff by asking “Hey Google, call the front desk” or just say “Hey Google, bring me fresh towels.” You can even check out of the room with just your voice. There’s no more need to handle the phone or stand in long lines at front desk. </p><p>2. Stay entertained. Nest Hubs come with nice speakers, so you can ask Google to play music or listen to the news. </p><p>3. Get park information by saying “Hey Google, what time does LEGOLAND® open?” or “Hey Google, tell me about the theme park.”</p><p></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Picture of family using the Google Assistant on Nest Hub smart display insider their LEGOLAND hotel room" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/20210806_LLNYR_Hotel_Google_Nest_2.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>“I want to push the envelope on extending the theme park experience in the room with the Nest Hubs” — James Barton, Group Head of Business Transformation, Hotels, Merlin Entertainment (LEGOLAND®)</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>4. Speak directly with your favorite LEGOLAND® characters inside your room. Just ask the Jester to set up a LEGO® alarm and get info about the park. </p><p>5. Receive recommendations for local restaurants from the hotel’s concierge, or you can ask Google what activities are nearby. Try “Hey Google, can you recommend a place for breakfast?” </p><p>6. Take a YouTube tour of the LEGOLAND® theme park before your visit on Nest Hub, so you can make a beeline for your favorite rides — like the Dragon coaster! </p><p>7. Wake up on time. No need to mess around with knobs or settings. Just say “Hey Google, set a LEGO® alarm for 8 a.m.,” so you get the day started early. </p><p>8. Check the weather again before you head out of the hotel with “Hey Google, what’s the weather today at LEGOLAND®  California Resort.”</p><p>9. Let Assistant be your <a href="https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9234753?hl=en">interpreter</a> for up to 30 languages, which is a great feature for international guests. Just say, “Hey Google, be my Italian interpreter” to kick off the experience.</p><p>10. And remember, we’re also dedicated to protecting privacy. You won’t need to sign into the device, and no activity will be linked to your personal account. There’s no camera on the Nest Hub, and the physical mic switch can be turned off for additional privacy. No audio is ever stored, and any activities will be automatically wiped from the device when it’s reset for the next guest.</p><p></p><p>Our voice-first, hands-free hotel solution is a big plus for travelers right now and will make your stay at LEGOLAND® Hotels more convenient and fun.  </p><p></p><p><br/><br/></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 18 Aug 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/enjoy-hands-free-help-google-legoland-hotels/Google AssistantGoogle NestarticleEnjoy hands free help from Google at LEGOLAND hotelsHere are 10 things visitors will be able to do with Google Assistant on Nest Hub smart displays at LEGOLAND Hotels.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/LEGOLAND_Nest_Hub_hero.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/enjoy-hands-free-help-google-legoland-hotels/Jeff HamelDirector of Industry PartnershipsKick off the school year with Google Assistant and Searchhttps://blog.google/products/assistant/kick-school-year-google-assistant-and-search/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Wherever your kids will be learning from this year, one thing is undeniable: The school year is fast-approaching. Over the past two years, my family's adopted a few new routines — some that will stick, and others we'll need to adjust. Here's how I'm using Google Assistant and the latest educational Search features to help keep my family on track and connected — while still making time for some fun.</p><br/><h2>Make mornings more fun</h2>I already use <a href="https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/10011399?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&amp;hl=en">Family Bell</a> on my smart speakers and smart displays to help us stay on top of our routines throughout the day, with bells that remind me when it's time for family dinner or to water the plants. In several weeks, Family Bell will be available to ring on mobile devices, making it even easier to set up and use throughout your day. Also coming soon, Family Bell will offer new, customizable bells that will initiate a checklist on your Nest Hub. I’ve been testing this feature and it’s been a great way to remind my kids what they need to do before heading out the door for school in a fun way— things like making their beds, getting dressed and brushing their teeth. When a task is completed, my kids enjoy the fun, on-screen celebratory animations and sounds that appear. I’m also planning to make a checklist for bedtime since it’s been working so well!</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Image of new morning Family Bell for back to school on Nest Hub" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Image_of_Get_Ready_Family_Bell_on_Nest_Hub.max-1000x1000_lq97BU3.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>To start my own day, I’ll use a new feature coming soon that will automatically start my morning routine, check the weather and play the news, once I dismiss my morning alarm. To set this up, I’ll simply add "dismiss an alarm" as the start to my morning Routine.</p><br/><h2>Feeling close to my kids, even when we’re not together</h2><p>For the first time in a long time, my kids won't be home with me all day. I made sure my <a href="https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/10256422?hl=en&amp;co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid">family group</a> was set up so I could have peace of mind knowing where everyone is during the day. I can say "Hey Google, where's my family?" to make sure they made it to school safely or are still at soccer practice. I can also send messages to the group throughout the day with <a href="https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/10580684?hl=en&amp;co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid">Family Broadcast</a>. When I head back to the office later this year and I’m running a bit late, I'll be able to say “Hey Google, tell my family: I’m leaving in five!” to send a message to our personal and home devices so they know I’m on my way home.</p><br/><h2>Keep the learning going at home</h2><p>I always carve out time for story hour with my kids. For Harry Potter fans, Assistant will soon have new stories from Pottermore Publishing that you can access from a smart display or Android device. Just say “Hey Google, talk to Fantastic Beasts Story” to enjoy the magic of the Wizarding World beasts. Discover a world map of beasts and wander the globe while you listen to audiobook highlights.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Image of Fantastic Beasts experience on Nest Hub" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Image_of_Pottermore_Fantastic_Beats_on_Nes.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Having grown up in various countries, it’s important to me that my kids have access to all kinds of stories. I'm thrilled that we've partnered with <a href="http://theenglishschoolhouse.com/">The English Schoolhouse</a>, an award-winning, Black woman-owned publishing house, to bring more diverse teaching tools and stories to Assistant in the coming weeks. Soon you’ll be able to say, “Hey Google, talk to ‘Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO’ story” — or “Hey Google, talk to ‘Elijah Everett, Kid Principal’ story.” I’ll even play one of my favorite guessing games with the kids by saying “Hey Google, talk to Guess the Drawing for Kids” on my Nest Hub. </p><br/><p>Discover more fun stories by asking, “Hey Google, tell me a story” or find other fun family activities by saying “Hey Google, teach my family something new.” (With a parent's permission, children under 13, or the applicable age in their country, can have a personalized Google Assistant experience, powered by Family Link.) </p><br/>While my own young kids aren’t quite ready for advanced math, chemistry and physics, older learners can use different Search tools to understand complex concepts — Search’s new <a href="https://artsexperiments.withgoogle.com/periodic-table/">interactive periodic table</a> is a great example. Using a phone or computer, these Augmented Reality and 3D models help anyone quickly visualize an atom. Zoom in and see the electrons orbiting the nucleus and the protons and neutrons that make it up.</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Gif of augmented reality periodic table on Google Search" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Gif_of_Search_AR_periodictable.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>I can even brush up on my own Spanish with the “Live Translation” Assistant button in Search on my phone when I need to remember a specific word or phrase. </p><br/><p>Hopefully this school year goes smoother than the last, but it’s a tough transition every year. These new tools can help make the switch to the school year an easy one for the whole family.</p><p><br/></p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 11 Aug 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/kick-school-year-google-assistant-and-search/SearchGoogle AssistantarticleKick off the school year with Google Assistant and SearchMore ways to use Assistant and the latest educational Search features to help your family stay on track and connected for the school year.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Hero_image_for_Google_Back_to_School__uYBivo.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/kick-school-year-google-assistant-and-search/Lilian RinconSenior Director of Product ManagementGoogle Assistant6 new features on Android this summerhttps://blog.google/products/android/new-features-summer-2021/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>From <a href="https://blog.google/products/android/new-features-spring-2021">keeping your account password safe to scheduling text messages to send at the right moment</a>, we’re constantly rolling out new updates to the 3 billion active Android devices around the world. Today, we’re welcoming summer with <a href="http://android.com/google-features-on-android/summer-2021/">six updates</a> for your Android that focus on safety  — so you’re protected at every turn.</p><br/><h3>1. Android Earthquake Alerts System is rolling out globally</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Earthquake alert screen that clicks through to an earthquake safety info screen" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/1._Earthquake_Alerts_osZVDBg.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Last year, we embarked on a mission to build the world’s largest earthquake detection network, based on technology built into Android devices. With this free system, people in affected areas can get alerts seconds before an earthquake hits, giving you advance notice in case you need to seek safety. We recently <a href="https://blog.google/products/android/introducing-android-earthquake-alerts-outside-us/">launched</a> the Android Earthquake Alerts System in New Zealand and Greece. Today, we’re introducing the Android Earthquake Alerts System in Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.<br/><br/>We are prioritizing launching Earthquake Alerts in countries with higher earthquake risks, and hope to launch in more and more countries over the coming year.</p><p><br/></p><h3>2. Star what’s important with the Messages app</h3></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="6aZ3sV7a1Lo" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-6aZ3sV7a1Lo"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper " role="link"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="A character taps and holds a text message that she receives of the Wi-Fi password , then stars it" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/2._Starred_Messages.max-1000x1000.png"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>With tons of messages from family, friends, colleagues and others, it’s easy for information to get lost. Now, you can star a message on your Messages app to keep track of what’s important, and easily find it later without scrolling through all of your conversations. Just tap and hold your message, then star it. And when you want to revisit a message, like your friend’s address or the photo from your family reunion, tap on the starred category. </p><br/><p>Starred messages will start to roll out more broadly over the coming weeks.</p><p><br/></p><h3>3. Find the perfect Emoji Kitchen sticker at the perfect time</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="After typing a message, relevant emoji mixes are proactively displayed at the top of the keyword" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/3._Emoji_Kitchen.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>In May, we introduced a new section in your recently used Emoji Kitchen stickers so you can quickly get back to the ones you use most frequently. Soon you’ll also start to see contextual suggestions in Emoji Kitchen once you’ve typed a message. These will help you discover the perfect emoji combination at the exact moment you need it.</p><br/><p>Contextual Emoji Kitchen suggestions are available in <a href="https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.google.android.inputmethod.latin">Gboard beta</a> today and are coming to all <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.latin&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Gboard</a> users this summer for messages written in English, Spanish and Portuguese on devices running Android 6.0 and above.</p><p><br/></p><h3>4. Access more of your favorite apps with just your voice</h3></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="A_OAyYiya40" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-A_OAyYiya40"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper " role="link"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="Google Assistant activates Strava to help a character track her run time and distance" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/4._Google_Assistant_Queries.max-1000x1000.png"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Ask Google to <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-now-works-your-android-apps/">open or search many of your favorite apps using just your voice</a> — you can say things like,  “Hey Google, pay my Capital One bill” to jump right into the app and complete the task or “Hey Google, check my miles on Strava” to quickly see your weekly progress right on the lock screen. See what else you can do by saying “Hey Google, shortcuts.” </p><p><br/></p><h3>5. Improved Password Input and gaze detection on Voice Access</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt='A gaze detection icon on a screen changes from crossed out to active when a character turns its head towards the device to speak the "scroll down" command in Voice Access' class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/5._Voice_Access_Gaze_Detection.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Built with and for people with motor disabilities, and helpful for those without, Voice Access gives you quick and efficient phone and app navigation with just your voice.</p><br/><p>With gaze detection, now in beta, you can ask Voice Access to work only when you are looking at the screen — so you can naturally move between talking to friends and using your phone. </p><br/><p>Voice Access now has enhanced password input. When it recognizes a password field, it will let you input letters, numbers and symbols. For example, you can say “capital P a s s w o r d” or names of symbols (like “dollar sign” to input a $), so it’s faster to safely enter your password.</p><p><br/></p><h3>6. More customization and new app experiences on Android Auto</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="After a user taps on the Messages app icon and + New, Google Assistant is activated to help send a new message from the launcher screen" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/AA07_AutoUpdates_9x16_hiHUUDe.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>You can now customize more of your <a href="https://www.android.com/auto/">Android Auto</a> experience for easier use, like personalizing your launcher screen directly from your phone and manually setting dark mode. It’s also easier to browse content with new tabs in your media apps, a “back to top” option and an A to Z button in the scroll bar. And, if it’s your first time using Android Auto, you can now get started faster in your car with a few simple taps.</p><br/><p>We’ve also added new app experiences to help enhance your drive. EV charging, parking and navigation apps are now available to use in Android Auto. Plus, we’ve improved the messaging experience, so you can access your favorite messaging apps  from the launcher screen. You can easily read and send new messages directly from apps like WhatsApp or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Messages</a> — now available globally. </p><br/>These Android Auto features are available on phones running Android 6.0 or above, and when connected to your <a href="https://www.android.com/auto/compatibility/">compatible car</a>.</div></div></body></html>Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/android/new-features-summer-2021/Google AssistantMessagesAndroidSafety & Securityarticle6 new features on Android this summerHighlighting the latest Google updates that will make Android phones more safe and secure — for everyone.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/0._Blog_header.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/android/new-features-summer-2021/Fiona LeeProgram Manager, Android16 updates from Google I/O that’ll make your life easierhttps://blog.google/products/assistant/helpful-updates/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Part of our mission is to help make your daily life easier. At I/O this year, we shared news about a wide range of products and services that’ll do just that, from starting your car with your phone to searching your screenshots using Google Lens. Here are just a few of the features you should keep an eye out for. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Quickly view your notifications, invoke Google Assistant on Android.</h3><p>Android 12 includes the biggest design change since 2014. We rethought the entire experience, from the colors to the shapes, light and motion, and made it easier to access some of the most used features:</p><ul><li>To invoke Google Assistant wherever you are, long press the power button.</li><li>Swipe down to view your new notification shade, an at-a-glance view of all your app notifications in one place.</li><li>And to make it easier to access everything you need, Google Pay and Device Controls have been added to your customizable quick settings.</li></ul><p><a href="https://blog.google/products/android/android-12-beta">Learn about all the big changes in Android 12.</a></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Manage your privacy settings more easily on Android.</h3><p>On top of the new design changes, we’ve also launched a new Privacy Dashboard, giving you easy access to your permissions settings, visibility into what data is being accessed and the ability to revoke permissions on the spot. You also have new indicators that let you know when apps are using your microphone and camera, as well as a way to quickly shut off that access. And we’ve added new microphone and camera toggles into quick settings so you can easily remove app access to these sensors for the entire system. <a href="https://blog.google/products/android/android-12-beta">Learn about new privacy controls in Android 12</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Change the channel with your phone.</h3><p>Lost your TV remote? Don’t sweat it — we’re building remote-control features directly into your Android phone. Another bonus: If you need to enter a long password to log into one of your many streaming services subscriptions, you can save time and use your phone’s keyboard to enter the text. This built-in remote control will be compatible with devices powered by Android TV OS, including Google TV, and it’ll roll out later this year. <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/android/better-together">Learn more about how we’re helping your devices work better together</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="GIF of a user typing a password onto a phone and that password appearing on a TV screen" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Phone-As-Remote.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Use your phone to enter your password for your streaming services.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>And unlock your car with your phone while you’re at it.</h3><p>We’re working with car manufacturers to develop a new digital car key in Android 12. This feature will enable you to use your phone to lock, unlock and even start your car — and in some cases you won’t even need to take it out of your pocket. And because it’s digital, you’ll also be able to securely and remotely share your car key with friends and family if needed. <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/android/better-together">Read more about Android Auto</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Understand more about your Search results.</h3><p>When you’re looking up information online, it’s important to check  how credible a source is, especially if you aren’t familiar with the website. Our <a href="https://blog.google/products/search/about-search-results/">About This Result feature</a> in Google Search provides details about a website before you visit it, including its description, when it was first indexed and whether your connection to the site is secure. This month, we’ll start rolling out About This Result to all English results worldwide, with more languages to come. And later this year, we’re going to add even more helpful contextual details — like how the site describes itself, what other sources are saying about it and related articles to check out.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Change your password using Chrome and Assistant.</h3><p>Chrome on Android will help you change your passwords with a simple click. On supported sites, whenever you check your passwords and Chrome finds a password that may have been compromised,  you will see a "Change password" button from Assistant.  Powered by Duplex on the Web, Assistant will not only navigate to the site, but actually go through the entire process of changing your password for you.  This feature is already available for purchasing movie tickets, ordering food, and checking into flights.  </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Use Google Lens to translate your homework into a language you’re more comfortable with.</h3><p>Google Lens enables you to search what you see — from your camera, your photos and even your search bar. For a lot of students, their schoolwork might be in a language they’re not as comfortable with. That’s why we’re updating the Translate filter in Lens, making it easy to copy, listen to or search translated text in over 100 languages. <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/search/ai-making-information-helpful-IO">Learn more about how information comes to life with Lens and AR</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>And search your screenshots with Google Lens.</h3><p>Lots of people take screenshots of things they’re interested in buying — but it can be hard to follow up on those screenshots afterward. Now when you look at any screenshot in Google Photos, we’ll prompt you to search the photo with Lens. This will help you find that pair of shoes or wallpaper pattern that you liked so much. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A GIF demonstrating using Google Lens to search a screen shot of a basketball player, returning results for his shoes" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/_080_LensScreenshot_Gif_1920_256_1.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Search your screenshots using Google Lens.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>When shopping online, keep track of your open carts when you open a new tab.<br/></h3><p>Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you: You’ve got a browser open to do some online shopping, but then you get distracted and open up two, three, or 10 other windows — and you forget what you were online to do in the first place. We’re introducing a new feature in Chrome that shows you your open carts when you open a new tab. No more lost shopping carts here.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>And get the best value for products you’re buying online.</h3><p>Coming soon, we’ll let you link your favorite loyalty programs from merchants like Sephora to your Google account to show you the best purchase options across Google. <a href="https://blog.google/products/shopping/more-ways-to-shop">Learn more about all our latest shopping updates.</a></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Explore unfamiliar neighborhoods with more detailed views in Maps.</h3><p>If you’re traveling by foot, augmented reality in Live View will show you helpful details about the shops and restaurants around you – including how busy they are, and recent reviews and photos. And if you’re traveling, Live View will tell you where you are relative to your hotel – so you can always find your way back. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Avoid the crowds with area busyness.</h3><p>Maps already shows the busyness of specific places — in fact, more than 80 million people use the live busyness information on Google every day. Now we’re expanding that functionality to show the busyness of an entire area, allowing you to see just how bustling a neighborhood or part of town is at any given moment. This means that if you want to keep things low-key, you can use Maps to see the hotspots to avoid. And if you’re looking for the most popular places to visit, you can use area busyness to scope out the liveliest neighborhoods at a glance.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>See breakfast spots in the morning and dinner joints at night. </h3><p>We’re updating Maps to show you more relevant information based on what time of day it is and whether you’re traveling. That means we’ll show you things like coffee shops in the morning, when you need that caffeine fix, and burger joints at night, when you’re hungry for dinner. And if you’re on a weekend getaway, we’ll make tourist attractions and local landmarks easier to spot. <a href="https://blog.google/products/maps/five-maps-updates-io-2021">Learn more about our latest updates to Maps</a>. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Discover unexpected Memories in Photos.</h3><p>Starting later this summer, when we find a set of three or more photos with similarities like shape or color, we'll highlight these little patterns for you in your Memories. For example, Photos might surface a pattern of your family hanging out on the same couch over the years — something you wouldn’t have ever thought to search for, but that tells a deeply meaningful story about your daily life. <a href="https://blog.google/products/photos/new-memories-features-look-back">Learn more about Little patterns in Photos.</a></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Bring your pictures to life with Cinematic moments.<br/></h3><p>When you’re trying to get the perfect photo, you usually take the same shot two or three (or twenty) times. Using neural networks, we can take two nearly identical images and fill in the gaps by creating new frames in between. This creates vivid, moving images called Cinematic moments. Producing this effect from scratch would take professional animators hours, but with machine learning we can automatically generate these moments and bring them to your Recent Highlights. <a href="https://blog.google/products/photos/new-memories-features-look-back">Learn more about Cinematic moments</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="A GIF showing two similar pictures of a child and his baby sibling being converted into a moving image." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/E855_Photos_IO_Social_Assets_CinematicPhotos_Part01_v01_cl.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Cinematic moments will bring your photos to life.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Transform how you work with smart canvas in Google Workspace. </h3><p>As part of our mission to build the future of work, we’re launching smart canvas, a bunch of exciting updates across Docs, Sheets and Meet. New features include interactive building blocks—smart chips, templates, and checklists—as well as a new pageless format in Docs and emoji reactions. We're also bringing Meet closer to Docs, Sheets and Slides, and much more. <a href="https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/workspace/next-evolution-of-collaboration-for-google-workspace">See all of the big updates to Google Workspace</a>.</p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 20 May 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/helpful-updates/AndroidGoogle AssistantShoppingMapsPhotosarticle16 updates from Google I/O that’ll make your life easierA look at some of the helpful features coming to your favorite Google products and services, announced during this year’s I/O.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/IO_2021_heroes_1.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/helpful-updates/Keyword Team4 Google smart home updates that Matterhttps://blog.google/products/google-nest/four-google-smart-home-updates-matter/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Today, there are nine smart devices in the average smart home — in 2016, there were only three. While this is explosive growth, the industry is still evolving. Selecting the right devices or connecting them with the ones you already have can be frustrating. </p><p>It’s up to us to simplify the smart home, and to start we must change the way device makers build products. There should be one standard that simplifies selection, setup and control, and makes it easy for our partners to create products and experiences for your home. Here’s how we’re making that happen:    <br/><br/></p><h3>1. Google’s bringing Matter to Nest and Android</h3><p>Google and other leading tech companies are working together to develop <a href="https://buildwithmatter.com/">Matter</a>, the new protocol that simplifies smart homes by using one standard across the industry — and we’re committed to supporting Matter. We’re bringing Matter to Android and capable Nest products, powering them with interoperable control and enabling simpler setups.</p><p>Android will be one of the leading operating systems with built-in support for Matter, letting you quickly set up devices with Google and link your favorite Android apps. You’ll only need a few taps to set up your Matter devices, and you’ll have lots of ways to instantly control them such as Matter-enabled Android apps, Google Assistant, the Google Home app, Android Power Controls and compatible Google devices. It also allows over one billion Android devices to enable simple setup and control all Matter-certified products.    </p><p>Nest is committed to making our devices connect better and respond faster. Thread, a technology we cofounded in 2014 that helps smart home devices work faster and more securely, will work in conjunction with Matter. Devices with Thread built-in, like Nest Wifi, Nest Hub Max and the second-generation Nest Hub will become connection points for Matter devices, creating even stronger, faster connections across your home. All Nest displays and speakers, like the Nest Hub and Nest Mini, will be automatically updated to control Matter devices, giving you faster and more reliable experiences whether they use Wi-Fi, Thread or ethernet. </p><p>Plus, we’ll update the newest Nest Thermostat to support Matter - meaning for the first time it can be controlled on other platforms that have certified with Matter.</p><p>The bottom line: Matter devices will work everywhere your Google smart home does. <br/><br/></p><h3>2. One location for smart home information</h3><p>Smart home information should be available in one trustworthy place. We’re unveiling <a href="https://assistant.google.com/smart-home?utm_source=blog.google&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=products_assistant_io-2021-smarter-smart-home">a new Google smart home directory</a>, an online destination to discover Google Assistant-compatible devices, answer your questions and learn from educational videos. You’ll find products across more than 30 categories, from brands like Philips Hue, Nanoleaf, Samsung, LG, Dyson, Netatmo, Wyze and more. It’s easy to search and filter compatible products, see product details, read reviews and find the best prices.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Google smart home directory" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/image_1_Webf3iq.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>3. Better streaming</h3><p>We’ve added support for WebRTC, an open-source communications protocol that reduces latency for an improved live video and audio streaming experience between security cameras, video doorbells, smart displays and mobile devices. Top device manufacturers, including Arlo, Logitech, Netatmo and Wyze, are among our first partners to integrate WebRTC with Google Assistant and more will join in the coming weeks.</p><br/><h3>4. Control your home, from anywhere </h3><p>We’re also using Google technology to improve Home &amp; Away Routines, enabling automatic control of Nest cameras, Nest thermostats, smart lights, smart plugs and smart switches based on when you’re home or away. When you leave home, your Away Routine can automatically turn on your Nest cameras and turn off the lights and plugs. When someone arrives home, your Home Routine can turn off the cameras and turn on the lights. </p><p>We’re committed to making the smart home more helpful. The Google smart home will keep finding ways to bring Google Assistant, Nest devices, industry-leading partners and new technology together to help you get things done, stay on track...and sometimes just sit back and enjoy your home.  </p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 19 May 2021 23:45:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-nest/four-google-smart-home-updates-matter/Google AssistantAndroidGoogle Nestarticle4 Google smart home updates that MatterThe smart home market is booming, but that doesn't mean it's an easy one for consumers to wade through. Here's how we're trying to fix that.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/web_dev_chip_integration_hero_static_1.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-nest/four-google-smart-home-updates-matter/Michele TurnerSenior Director, Google Smart HomePlan a perfect weekend with new Google Assistant featureshttps://blog.google/products/assistant/plan-perfect-weekend-new-google-assistant-features/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Moms everywhere can likely agree that this year (and then some) has had us working overtime. As a mom of two who's working at home, I know that's how I've felt. Maybe that's why I'm extra excited for Mother's Day this year. And just in time, there are a few new Google Assistant features my family and I will be using to schedule the perfect weekend. </p><p><br/></p><h3>First, I’ll Broadcast from my morning run</h3><p></p><p>We’re extending one of our most popular Assistant features, <a href="https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7531913?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&amp;hl=en">Broadcast</a>, so you can reach your family wherever they are, and they can respond from any device including from their phones. With Family Broadcast, when I get home from my Saturday morning run, I can broadcast to my newly created <a href="https://families.google.com/families">Google Family Group</a>, “Hey Google, tell my family, how about lunch at noon?” across all our smart speakers and displays. The message will even reach my husband on his iPhone (or Android device) while he’s on the way home, letting him reply by voice or by tapping the "reply" button, “Hey Google, reply sounds good, stopping by grandma's house. See you in 15 minutes.” </p><p><br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Family Broadcast from mobile" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Family_broadcast_on_mobile_part_2.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Then I’ll set a Family Bell reminder for some afternoon gardening</h3>Two new <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/new-school-year-with-google/">Family Bell</a> reminders I plan to set this weekend will remind me to water the plants (which I love, but often forget to do) as well as alert my kids to tidy up the house. It’s becoming a very popular feature. Since last summer, more than 20 million Family Bells have been rung to help families stay organized - that’s nearly 19 years worth of bells! As a quick hint, you’ll soon be able to just say “stop” to end the bell, starting in English. No need to use “Hey Google” again, just like with alarm and timers.</div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="nRaa-qXl5Xs" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-nRaa-qXl5Xs"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper " role="link"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="New bell reminders for Spring" src="//img.youtube.com/vi/nRaa-qXl5Xs/maxresdefault.jpg"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Over the coming weeks, we’ll be expanding Family Bell to eight new languages, including Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Another highly requested feature we’re rolling out today is the ability to have Family Bells ring across multiple home devices at one time (not just one smart speaker or display). </p><p><br/></p><h3>Followed by winding down with new stories with the kids</h3><p>Assistant is getting new stories and games that you can access from a smart display or Android device — this weekend, we plan to learn more about Quidditch from the Harry Potter stories with a simple “<a href="https://assistant.google.com/services/invoke/uid/000000ba7cd3c949/alm/CgSSxjfFEgIQAQ==?hl=en">Hey Google, tell me a Quidditch Story</a>.” We’ll be partnering with Pottermore Publishing to bring more stories later in the year, so stay tuned for more Wizarding World<sup>TM</sup> news.</p><p>We’re also bringing the “Who Was?” series from Penguin Random House to your smart display. Just say “<a href="https://assistant.google.com/services/invoke/uid/000000d7564f5fa4/alm/CgR_LPSpEgIQAQ==?hl=en">Hey Google, talk to Who Was Heroes</a>’” and listen to stories about Ida B. Wells, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and over 100 others. To get a full list of all the stories that are available, simply say “Hey Google, tell me a story.” (With a parent's permission, children under 13, <a href="https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/1350409?hl=en">or the applicable age in their country</a>, can have a personalized Google Assistant experience and access these games designed for kids and families, powered by Family Link.)</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Who was?" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Who_Was_stories.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>And have some fun with new games</h3><p>My husband and I love trivia, and will play the popular game show “Hey Google, talk to ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?’” on our Nest Hub. </p><p><br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Are_you_smarter_than_game.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Plus, a surprise or two </h3><p>We had to add a few easter eggs too. Try using a timer on Mother’s Day and see what happens!  </p><p>Since the <a href="https://twitter.com/Google/status/1241018012683075584">handwashing song</a> was so popular, we created new ones to help kids stay on task and do their chores. Try “Hey Google, Sing the clean up song,” “Hey Google, Sing the go to sleep song” or “Hey Google, Sing the brush your teeth song.”</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Sing a clean up song" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Sing_the_clean_up_song.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Hopefully this schedule gives you a little Mother’s Day inspiration — or even just a stress-free weekend. </p><p><br/></p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 06 May 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/plan-perfect-weekend-new-google-assistant-features/Google AssistantarticlePlan a perfect weekend with new Google Assistant featuresWith Family Broadcast, you can reach your family wherever they are with help from Google, and they can respond from any device.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Copy_of_google_mothers_day_2c.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/plan-perfect-weekend-new-google-assistant-features/Lilian RinconSenior Director of Product ManagementGoogle AssistantLoud and clear: AI is improving Assistant conversationshttps://blog.google/products/assistant/loud-and-clear-ai-improving-assistant-conversations/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>To get things done with the Google Assistant, it needs to understand you – it has to both recognize the words you’re saying, and also know what you mean. It should adapt to your way of talking, not require you to say exactly the right words in the right order.</p><p>Understanding spoken language is difficult because it’s so contextual, and varies so much from person to person. And names can bring up other language hiccups — for instance, some names that are spelled the same are pronounced differently. It’s this kind of complexity that makes perfectly understanding the way we speak so difficult. This is something we’re working on with Assistant, and we have a few new improvements to share.</p><p><br/></p><h3>Teach Google to recognize unique names </h3><p>Names matter, and it’s frustrating when you’re trying to send a text or make a call and Google Assistant mispronounces or simply doesn’t recognize a contact. We want Assistant to accurately recognize and pronounce people’s names as often as possible, especially those that are less common.</p><p>Starting over the next few days, you can teach Google Assistant to enunciate and recognize names of your contacts the way you pronounce them. Assistant will listen to your pronunciation and remember it, without keeping a recording of your voice. This means Assistant will be able to better understand you when you say those names, and also be able to pronounce them correctly. The feature will be available in English and we hope to expand to more languages soon.</p><p><br/></p><h3>A good conversation is all about context</h3><p>Assistant’s timers are a popular tool, and plenty of us set more than one of them at the same time. Maybe you’ve got a 10-minute timer for dinner going at the same time as another to remind the kids to start their homework in 20 minutes. You might fumble and stop mid sentence to correct how long the timer should be set for, or maybe you don’t use the exact same phrase to cancel it as you did to create it. Like in any conversation, context matters and Assistant needs to be flexible enough to understand what you're referring to when you ask for help.</p><p>To help with these kinds of conversational complexities, we fully rebuilt Assistant's NLU models so it can now more accurately understand context while also improving its "reference resolution" — meaning it knows exactly what you’re trying to do with a command.  This upgrade uses machine learning technology powered by <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/11/open-sourcing-bert-state-of-art-pre.html">state-of-the-art BERT</a>, a technology we invented in 2018 and first brought to <a href="https://blog.google/products/search/search-language-understanding-bert/">Search</a> that makes it possible to process words in relation to all the other words in a sentence, rather than one-by-one in order. Because of these improvements, Assistant can now respond nearly 100 percent accurately to alarms and timer tasks. And over time, we’ll bring this capability to other use cases, so Assistant can learn to better understand you.</p><p><br/></p></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="b9xXeXxxckc" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-b9xXeXxxckc"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper " role="link"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="Now your Google Assistant understands you better, making things like setting multiple alarms at once, seamless" src="//img.youtube.com/vi/b9xXeXxxckc/maxresdefault.jpg"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>These updates are now available for alarms and timers on Google smart speakers in English in the U.S. and expanding to phones and smart displays soon.</p><p><br/></p><p></p><h3>More natural conversations</h3><p>We also applied BERT to further improve the quality of your conversations. Google Assistant uses your previous interactions and understands what’s currently being displayed on your smartphone or smart display to respond to any follow-up questions, letting you have a more natural, back-and-forth conversation.</p><p></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Have a more natural, back and forth conversation with Google" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Contextual_follow_up_queries.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>If you’re having a conversation with your Assistant about Miami and you want more information, it will know that when you say “show me the nicest beaches” you mean beaches in Miami. Assistant can also understand questions that are referring to what you’re looking at on your smartphone or tablet screen, like [who built the first one] or queries that look incomplete like [when] or [from its construction]. </p><p></p><p>There's a lot of work to be done, and we look forward to continue advancing our conversational AI capabilities as we move toward more natural, fluid voice interactions that truly make everyday a little easier. </p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/loud-and-clear-ai-improving-assistant-conversations/Google AssistantarticleLoud and clear: AI is improving Assistant conversationsWe're adding conversational AI improvements that enable Assistant to better recognize names and and understand context of a conversation.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Screenshot_2021-04-28_9.50.46_AM.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/loud-and-clear-ai-improving-assistant-conversations/Yury PinskyDirector, Product ManagementGet ready for Hollywood’s big night with Googlehttps://blog.google/products/search/get-ready-for-hollywoods-big-night-with-google/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Sure, spring is nice, and there’s so much to celebrate in the winter but my favorite season is easily awards season! 2021 marks 93 years of Hollywood’s annual film celebration, and this year’s Academy Awards will be a combination of in-person and virtual.</p><br/><p>Ahead of the big night every year, my friends and I try to watch all of the new nominees, along with some of our favorite past winners. With the help of Google Search, we’re able to keep track of everything we want to watch, as well as check titles off once the credits roll. Starting today, you’ll find a brand new carousel of 2021 nominated movies when searching for “what to watch.” And on Google TV, we’re featuring collections that highlight nominees and 20 years of award-winning women.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Oscars on What to Watch" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/oscars-frame.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>During my movie list-making, I decided to take a look at <a href="https://trends.google.com/trends/story/US_cu_l3PllmgBAAAaZM_en">Google Trends</a> to see what  “Best Picture” winners have piqued our interest. And the award for most-searched goes to: 1997’s romantic drama about a maiden voyage across the Atlantic...with two hits from the 70s as the runners-up.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Google Trends Oscars" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/trends1.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Best Picture winners from 1927 - 2020 ranked by global Google Search interest from 2004 to March 2021</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Check out this visualization of how classic flicks have been searched over the years. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Oscars Google Trends GIF" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/trends_gif.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/5740870/">https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/5740870/</a></p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>And here’s how fans across the U.S. have been searching for this year’s best picture nominees. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Google Trends Oscars 2021" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/trends2.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>But Hollywood’s big night isn’t only about the movies — it’s also about the celebrities. Here’s what Google Trends revealed about our searches for award show stars. (Spoiler Alert: Leonardo DiCaprio is the most searched “Oscar snub” since 2004 in the U.S.)</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Most-searched “How many Oscars does … have” since 2004 US</b></p><ol><li><p>Leonardo DiCaprio</p></li><li><p>Meryl Streep</p></li><li><p>Tom Hanks</p></li><li><p>Denzel Washington</p></li><li><p>Brad Pitt</p></li></ol><br/><p><b>Most-searched Oscar duos since 2004 U.S.</b></p><ol><li><p>Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper</p></li><li><p>Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez</p></li><li><p>Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet</p></li><li><p>Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner</p></li><li><p>Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt</p></li></ol><br/><p><b>Most-searched Red Carpet celebrities since 2004 U.S.</b></p><ol><li><p>Jennifer Lawrence</p></li><li><p>Lady Gaga</p></li><li><p>Angelina Jolie</p></li><li><p>Jennifer Lopez</p></li><li><p>Billy Porter</p></li></ol></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Search “Oscars” to stay up to date on this year’s nominees throughout the show. The list of winners in each category will be updated in real time and you’ll also find live clips, top stories, and other trending content. Starting Sunday April 25 at 5 p.m. PT, you’ll also be able to find ABC’s live stream in Search. </p><br/><p>To hear some predictions ahead of the red carpet, ask Google Assistant, “Hey Google, what are your Oscar predictions?” or “Hey Google, who do you think is best dressed at the Oscars?” Assistant also has the full list of nominees, of course, and <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/5-new-ways-google-assistant-can-make-day-little-easier/">plenty more</a> to talk about. You can even join in on the fun at award night by asking, “Hey Google, give me an award.” </p><br/><p>Grab the popcorn...it’s almost showtime!</p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/search/get-ready-for-hollywoods-big-night-with-google/Google AssistantGoogle TVSearcharticleGet ready for Hollywood’s big night with GoogleGoogleTV, Search, and Assistant are bringing the party for Hollywood’s most glamorous night.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/BINK_GoogleHero_Oscars_2021_v2.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/search/get-ready-for-hollywoods-big-night-with-google/Matthew BreslerProduct Marketing Manager, Search Entertainment5 new ways Google Assistant can make the day a little easierhttps://blog.google/products/assistant/5-new-ways-google-assistant-can-make-day-little-easier/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Spring is here, and with it, a helping hand from Google Assistant. Today we're introducing five new features that help you tackle small things around the house (and from the car).  </p><p><b>1) Can’t remember where you put down your phone?</b><b></b>Don’t sweat it. Already one of the most popular features for Google Assistant, you can tell your Nest smart speaker or smart display, “Hey Google, find my phone,” for all devices, now including iPhones. For iPhones, once you <a href="https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7535860">opt in</a> to receiving notifications and critical alerts from the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-home/id680819774">Google Home app</a>, you’ll get a notification and hear a custom ringing sound (even when the phone is on silent or if Do Not Disturb is enabled).</p><p><b>2) Get your takeout faster.</b>Over the last year, more and more people started ordering takeout and delivery on Google, and more restaurants added the “order” button to their Business Profiles on Search and Maps. To make online food orders even easier, Assistant can now help you complete your purchase in only a few steps powered by <a href="https://blog.google/products/assistant/save-time-buying-movie-tickets-google-assistant-chrome/">Duplex on the web</a>. To get started, you’ll need to first search for a restaurant near you from the Google App on Android and select “Order Online” or “Order Pickup.”  When you finish your online takeout order from a restaurant we partner with and click “check out,” Assistant will automatically navigate the site and fill out your contact and payment details saved in Google Pay and synced to Chrome Autofill. At launch, we’re partnering with select restaurant chains and will be adding more across the U.S. later this year.  </p><p><b>3) Try a new sunrise or sunset <a href="https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7029585?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&amp;hl=en">Routine</a> for your smart home devices.</b>Now available globally, these Routines are based on your  location. For example, you can automatically have your living room lights turn on and the sprinklers start when the sun goes down. It’s easy to set up: </p><ul><li>Select the “New” routine tab in the Google Home app or Assistant settings. </li><li>Under “how to start,” you’ll need to “add starter,” then you’ll see an option for “Sunrise/sunset.”</li><li>From there, you can customize the time and specific actions you want them to trigger. </li></ul><p><b>4) Need routine ideas?</b><b></b>Assistant Routines make it easy to automatically perform multiple actions at once with a single command. We’ve included a dedicated section in Ready-Made Routines to highlight popular “suggested actions” to  inspire you, such as “Tell me if my battery is low” or “Tell me what happened today in history.” You can also add a “shortcut” icon to your Android home screen for your favorite Routines. Head to the overview screen for Routines in the Google Home app or Assistant Settings and click the “Add to Home Screen” icon in the top app bar.</p><p></p><p><b>5) Have questions about the Oscars?</b><b></b>You can get the inside scoop from your Google Assistant. Just ask: “Hey Google, when are the Oscars?” or “Hey Google, who’s nominated for Animated Feature Film at the Oscars?” to hear the list of nominees. To hear some predictions ahead of the red carpet, try “Hey Google, what are your Oscar predictions? or “Hey Google, who do you think is best dressed at the Oscars?” You can also join in on the award night fun by saying, “Hey Google, give me an award.”</p><p></p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/5-new-ways-google-assistant-can-make-day-little-easier/Google on iOSShoppingGoogle AssistantGoogle Nestarticle5 new ways Google Assistant can make the day a little easierAsk Google to help find a lost iPhone, order takeout or set up a custom routine at sunrise.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Screen_Shot_2021-04-12_at_11.26.45_AM.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/5-new-ways-google-assistant-can-make-day-little-easier/Lilian RinconSenior Director of Product ManagementGoogle Assistant