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google assistant is coming to a droid near you


google assistant is finally making its way to all android smartphones running os version 6.0 and 7.0.the personal assistant will become available to english users in the us this week, followed by english users in australia, canada and the uk. german-speaking users in germany can expect it around the same time too. google says it will continue adding more languages this year.users will begin seeing google assistant as it's gradually being rolled out through a google play services update.currently google assistant is available on the pixel and pixel xl, google home, google's allo messenger and android wear.google says we'll see google assistant on newly announced partner devices, such as the lg g6, which has it built-in. it's interesting if google assistant will come preloaded on the upcomin






google assistant coming soon to android nougat 6.0 and marshmallow 7.0 smartphon


image: google more mwc 2017in a recent zdnet article i questioned if ai would be the next android differentiator and it turns out that google assistant may end up being the standard. google announced that google assistant is coming to smartphones running android 7.0 nougat and android 6.0 marshmallow, starting this week.we just saw a bit earlier that the lg v20 would be launching as the first phone after the google pixel with google assistant as its native ai. google assistant is also available on google home, in google allo, and on the new android wear 2.0 smartwatches.the google assistant will begin rolling out this week to english users in the us, followed by english in australia, canada and the united kingdom, as well as german speakers in germany. google continue to add more languages






google assistant coming soon to android nougat 7.0 and marshmallow 6.0 smartphon


image: google more mwc 2017in a recent zdnet article i questioned if ai would be the next android differentiator and it turns out that google assistant may end up being the standard. google announced that google assistant is coming to smartphones running android 7.0 nougat and android 6.0 marshmallow, starting this week.we just saw a bit earlier that the lg v20 would be launching as the first phone after the google pixel with google assistant as its native ai. google assistant is also available on google home, in google allo, and on the new android wear 2.0 smartwatches.the google assistant will begin rolling out this week to english users in the us, followed by english in australia, canada and the united kingdom, as well as german speakers in germany. google continue to add more languages






here's everything you need to know about google assistant


google assistant is getting smarter than google now ever was. not only does the service support more than one language, but it also will soon feature more robust third-party integration, meaning that it can help you control your entire digital life — not just your google life.assistant is similar to google now in that it allows you to ask questions and get answers. not only that, but the service goes beyond just the messaging allo app — it’s also now featured in google home, google’s answer to the amazon echo. and, of course, it’s also found in all kinds of android smartphones that run android marshmallow or nougat.more: new google assistant app may let you type as well as talkgoogle assistant won’t come to tabletsif you’re a tablet user, brace yourself for some bad news: google has confir






here's everything you need to know about google assistant


google assistant is getting smarter than google now ever was. not only does the service support more than one language, but it also will soon feature more robust third-party integration, meaning that it can help you control your entire digital life — not just your google life.assistant is similar to google now in that it allows you to ask questions and get answers. not only that, but the service goes beyond just the messaging allo app — it’s also now featured in google home, google’s answer to the amazon echo. and, of course, it’s also found in all kinds of android smartphones that run android marshmallow or nougat.more: new google assistant app may let you type as well as talkgoogle assistant could be coming to the iphonegoogle assistant is currently rolling out to all kinds of android sm






google assistant fully rolling out to non-pixel devices


google assistant is ultimately the successor of google now, and the assistant’s transition has taken a while. debuting on google allo, then making its way to the google pixel with android nougat, and more recently, though slowly, making its way to more non-pixel/nexus devices. the initial rollout began over a week ago.droid-life reports that it has received an influx of notifications and messages on various social media with happy readers reporting that google has flipped the switch for google assistant on non-pixel devices. in fact, the rollout is in full effect. we summoned google now on two galaxy s7 edge devices, as well as a moto z force, and all of them got the “meet google assistant” prompts.google assistant is rolling out now english users in the us. next in line are english users






check out google assistant on the nokia 6, moto z, lg g6, v20, and more


why it matters to you google assistant is now the default voice assistant on millions of devices, thanks to an update to the google app.if you’ve been dying to use google assistant, you may be in luck. google is currently rolling out a big update to its app that enables google assistant on smartphones running android version 6.0 marshmallow or higher.considering there are more than a billion activated android devices, a rough estimation makes that likely more than 300 million smartphones and tablets — minus devices with less than 1.5gb of ram or a non-hd display. that’s according to android’s distribution numbers, which put marshmallow and nougat’s adoption at 31.9 percent of active android devices.more: google assistant is coming to millions of devices running android marshmallow or nouga






google assistant now helps you interact with text messages


why it matters to you one of the main drawbacks of google assistant was long its inability to help you interact with your texts. that all changes today.you can finally talk to your friends by talking to your phone.wait, what?yes, you read that correctly. if you have a phone that is compatible with google assistant, we have good news for you: the ai assistant can now help you read and interact with your sms text messages, a feature that users have been requesting since … well, since google assistant first made its debut.more: everything you need to know about google assistantyou can now employ one of many prompts in order to access your text messages. for example, if you tell google assistant to “show me my messages,” you’ll be greeted by the message interface found in google now. if you as






it's now easier to use google assistant in allo


one of the defining features of google’s latest chat app, allo, is that it works closely with google assistant to help you get stuff done through chat. now they’re adding a dedicated button for the assistant to save you some typing. that and more in today’s news.advertisement






google assistant comes to more android phones


google is bringing their virtual assistant to more android phones this week. google assistant has previously been exclusive to their own pixel phones or through the allo app, but now they’re rolling it out more widely. that and more in today’s news.advertisement






5 things google assistant does better than siri


image: david nield/gizmodogood news for anyone with an android phone that isn’t a pixel: google assistant is rolling out to more phones, new and old. that means many more of us will be able to take advantage of google’s latest and smartest ai. there are some things both the google assistant and siri are excellent at—like pulling up emails or showing photos you’ve taken in the last week in a specific city (apple really seems to be catching up to google in the image analysis department). advertisementbut there are some things google just does better. so stop with the apple envy and read about some of the key areas where google assistant has the edge over apple’s own digital ai.1) getting instant answers from the webimage: screenshotssome of google’s instant answers might be on the dubious si






google assistant hits more android devices today


your android phone is about to get an upgrade. google today is making good on its promise to bring its siri alternative known as google assistant to more android devices, starting today. the company announced at mobile world congress over the weekend that its assistant would soon launch in the u.s., followed by english-language launches in australia, canada and the u.k., as well as for german speakers in germany.however, google didn’t commit to an exact time frame this rollout would begin, saying only that it would be sometime “this week.”today, google assistant is arriving, the company has now announced.the new, a.i.-powered helper is something of an upgrade to google now, google’s earlier proactive search and alerting service. the assistant was first unveiled at last year’s google i/o co






google assistant seemingly released in some alpha versions of 6.13


why it matters to you google assistant has long been unique to google pixel and pixel xl handsets, but a new alpha test suggests that google could be spreading the love.you don’t have to go out and get a google pixel in order to get google assistant — rather, it would appear that the ai tool is beginning to make its way onto non-pixel hardware. as first reported by android police, it looks as though an alpha version of the google app has appeared in the wild by way of the version 6.13 update, and while it’s rather buggy, it’s the first time we’re able to see assistant on a phone that isn’t a pixel or pixel xl.as android police noted, both a nexus 6p (running android 7.1.1) and a samsung galaxy note5 (running android 6.0.1) were able to launch google assistant with the user simply holding






how to use cortana instead of google now on android


cortana and google now/google assistant are battling it out for the wooden spoon of virtual ai assistants. neither has quite the a-list status of siri, which by way of being first past the post and, admittedly, being more responsive to your everyday needs, is at the head of the pack.but android users can’t have siri, so we may as well move on. what we can have now is microsoft’s virtual assistant based on that blue lady in the halo games, cortana.here’s how to get your hands on it as well as reasons why you’d want it instead of google now, assistant, or whatever they want us to call it these days …how to replace the google app with cortanato properly put cortana through its paces on android, you should set it as your default voice assistant for a bit just so you can get a feel for it in da






google confirms assistant is not rolling out to tablets


the google assistant has been in the works for some time now. the helpful ai made its debut in google allo and then lingered for a while as a google pixel exclusive. thankfully, the online giant decided to give its partners some love and the assistant in now part of a wide android 6.0 and up roll-out.so, it is clearly being groomed to act as a successor to google now for most users. however, the original release notice only mentioned android smartphones with no talk of tablets whatsoever. that was an easy detail to glance over, but now it's clear it was no accidental omission. a google official clarified that tablets will not be covered by this initial assistant release:the assistant will be available on android marshmallow and nougat phones with google play services, this does not include






google app v6.13 to bring google assistant to non-pixels, or at least maybe


google's personal assistant, quite creatively called google assistant, is so far only officially available on the pixel and pixel xl, as smartphones go. however, a new alpha release of the google app (v6.13) for users signed up to the beta channel suggests that might be changing in the near future.the folks over at android police report that the app enables the assistant by holding the home button (instead of now on tap) on at least one galaxy note5 (running android 6.0.1 marshmallow) and a nexus 6p (latest 7.1.1 nougat). then again, another nexus 6p refuses to behave this way, so it's only down to speculation what set of conditions need to be met.google assistant: on a nexus 6p • on galaxy note5non-pixels aside, the new version of the google app enables adding payment information to assis






google app v6.13 to bring google assistant to non-pixels, or at least maybe


google's personal assistant, quite creatively called google assistant, is so far only officially available on the pixel and pixel xl, as smartphones go. however, a new alpha release of the google app (v6.13) for users signed up to the beta channel suggest that might be changing in the near future.the folks over at android police report that the app enables the assistant by holding the home button (instead of now on tap) on at least one galaxy note5 (running android 6.0.1 marshmallow) and a nexus 6p (latest 7.1.1 nougat). then again, another nexus 6p refuses to behave this way, so it's only down to speculation what set of conditions need to be met.google assistant: on a nexus 6p • on galaxy note5non-pixels aside, the new version of the google app enables adding payment information to assist






google assistant starts spewing out ads on the google home and phones


it was only a matter of time, right? google, an ad company (based on its main revenue stream), is serving up ads - phrased like that it doesn't seem like a big deal. but how many of you would have expected the much-lauded google assistant to start telling you ads?well, that's exactly what it's doing. if you use the daily briefing feature that you can trigger by asking "what's my day like?" you'll hear something new today. in between the summary of your commute, reminders, calendar events, weather and the presentation of the most important news, this briefing has an ad.the assistant tells you that, "by the way", the new beauty and the beast remake is out today. one google home owner has recorded the ordeal and embedded that recording on twitter, see above.people using the daily briefing fun






google assistant is coming to non-pixel phones soon


google assistant on samsung galaxy s7, lg v20, htc 10 devices. image: google google made a surprise announcement on february 26, 2017, stating that its much-hyped assistant will be arriving sooner than expected. the announcement on the official google blog included this passage: the google assistant will begin rolling out this week to english users in the u.s., followed by english in australia, canada and the united kingdom, as well as german speakers in germany. we'll continue to add more languages over the coming year. for phones running either android 7.0 nougat or android 6.0 marshmallow that also meet the hardware minimums of at least 1.5 gb of ram and a ... screen, the update should arrivie soon. any eligible device must be running nougat and marshmallow with google play services. th






google brings assistant to android devices on nougat and marshmallow


why it matters to you your current android phone likely can run the highlight feature of google's flagship pixel smartphone.google’s biggest announcement at mobile world congress so far: its artificially intelligent assistant is now available on smartphones running android marshmallow and nougat — phones like the one you’re holding right now.assistant lets users perform certain actions with their voice by saying “ok google,” or by pressing and holding the home button. you can ask it about your upcoming day — and assistant will recite your calendar events, the weather, and even put on a podcast of your choice — or you can use it to control your smart home devices. it can make quick translations, find the nearest restaurant, pull up your flight information, and a whole lot more. it’s convers






google brings assistant to android devices on nougat and marshmallow


why it matters to you your current android phone likely can run the highlight feature of google's flagship pixel smartphone.google’s biggest announcement at mobile world congress so far: its artificially intelligent assistant is now available on smartphones running android marshmallow and nougat — phones like the one you’re holding right now.assistant lets users perform certain actions with their voice by saying “ok google,” or by pressing and holding the home button. you can ask it about your upcoming day — and assistant will recite your calendar events, the weather, and even put on a podcast of your choice — or you can use it to control your smart home devices. it can make quick translations, find the nearest restaurant, pull up your flight information, and a whole lot more. it’s convers






google adds assistant button to allo for easier access


google has released a new update for allo, which brings with it some fun and useful new features that it hopes will prevent users from jumping ship.one of the new features is a button for assistant. previously you would need to type @google before your query, which was cumbersome to say the least. now you can just tap the assistant button and start typing.the other addition is gif search. tap the button next to the assistant button and then swipe all the way to the right to get to the gif search. you will see your gif results as you start typing and then tap one to send it.lastly, some of the commonly used emoji have now been animated, so when you use the shout feature to send them they will animate instead of appearing static.the updated version is now rolling out on android and will be c






google brings assistant to android devices on nougat and marshmallow


why it matters to you voice assistants are the future, and google's bringing the highlight feature of its pixel smartphone to millions of devices running the current and last version of android.google’s biggest announcement at mobile world congress is about its artificially intelligent assistant, now available on smartphones running android marshmallow and nougat.assistant lets users perform certain actions with their voice by saying “ok google,” or by pressing and holding the home button. you can ask it about your upcoming day — and assistant will recite your calendar events, the weather, and even put on a podcast of your choice — or you can use it to control your smart home devices. it can make quick translations, find the nearest restaurant, pull up your flight information, and a whole






google's allo might be sharing personal information


why it matters to you google's allo messenger isn't the best at keeping secrets, as a tech reporter recently discovered.allo, google’s mobile messaging app, may be sharing more with friends and family than it’s letting on. that’s what recode writer tess townsend found out the hard way in a recent conversation with a friend.google’s assistant is to blame, it seems. the ai-powered virtual secretary, which serves up everything from movie showtimes and flight statuses to reminders and trivia, has an unfortunate habit of pulling up old google search results.more: the google assistant can now call up personal info via allotownsend invoked the assistant in a conversation with a friend, and observed it responding to a question with a non sequitur link from harry potter fan website pottermore — a r






google's allo might be sharing personal information


why it matters to you google's allo messenger isn't the best at keeping secrets, as a tech reporter recently discovered.allo, google’s mobile messaging app, may be sharing more with friends and family than it’s letting on. that’s what recode writer tess townsend found out the hard way in a recent conversation with a friend.google’s assistant is to blame, it seems. the ai-powered virtual secretary, which serves up everything from movie showtimes and flight statuses to reminders and trivia, has an unfortunate habit of pulling up old google search results.more: the google assistant can now call up personal info via allotownsend invoked the assistant in a conversation with a friend, and observed it responding to a question with a non sequitur link from harry potter fan website pottermore — a r






google assistant adds iheartradio support to its platform


why it matters to you google assistant is attempting to catch up with amazon alexa's thousands of skills, and it looks like it might be on its way.it’s still got a ways to go before catching up with amazon’s alexa, but google assistant is already proving its mettle with the addition of an ever-increasing number of skills. in late january, the latest batch to join the tech giant’s smart home assistant were all conversation actions from third-party developers, and included such crucial information as the best wine pairings to go with your dinner, and whether your dog’s dinner was actually safe for him or her. and just a couple weeks later, google home added another 10 or so new services, including breaking news from cnn and air quality alerts from the world air quality index project. most re






google assistant adds iheartradio support to its platform


why it matters to you while google assistant still lags amazon alexa in terms of skills offered., it has been adding them at a good clip.it’s still got a ways to go before catching up with amazon’s alexa, but google assistant is already proving its mettle with the addition of an ever-increasing number of skills. in late january, the latest batch of skills acquired by the tech giant’s smart home assistant were all conversation actions from third-party developers that included such crucial information as the best wine pairings to go with your dinner, and whether your dog’s dinner is actually safe to eat. now, just a couple weeks later, google home has added another 10 or so new services, including breaking news from cnn and air quality alerts from the world air quality index project. most re






your health data will help make google fit a better personal assistant


why it matters to you are you looking for a personal assistant? with future versions of google fit you may not need to pay for one.most major tech companies are stepping into fitness and health tracking and google is no exception. the company launched google fit in 2014 and subsequently revamped it alongside android wear 2.0. as is the case with any fitness tracking program, google fit is most helpful when it has access to as much of your personal data as possible and google intends to continue to use that to improve the google fit app.the news comes from mary liz mccurdy, who is the head of health and fitness apps for google play and she says that health-tracking applications are set to become a lot more useful by using as much information as possible. for example, your fitness app could






google assistant, its ai-based personal helper, rolls out to nougat and marshmal


google continues its march to expand its place in the mobile ecosystem, anchored by the fact that its android os is by far the most ubiquitous smartphone platform in the world. today, the company announced that it would be rolling out google assistant, its conversational search and ai-based personal helper (and answer to apple’s siri and amazon’s alexa), to smartphones running google play services on unforked versions of android 7.0 (nougat) and android 6.0 (marshmallow), including android-forward phones like the nexus and new devices like the lg g6.google said google assistant will begin rolling out this week to users in the u.s., followed by english speakers in australia, canada and the united kingdom; and german speakers in germany.no detail on what comes after today’s language roll out






deal alert: buy the lg g6 and get a google home for free


why it matters to you lg is giving away a free google home with purchase of the g6, which could save you as much as $130.here is a pretty excellent deal to be aware of: buy a new lg g6 and get a google home for free if you buy the device through the lg website. in other words, you can get two google assistant-enabled devices for the price of one.the deal went live on wednesday and will run until april 30, so you have over a month to make use of the deal if you want to. if you decide that indeed you want to buy the phone, all you have to do is head to the website set up for the promo and sign up.more: keep your shiny new lg g6 safe from damage with the best cases and coversthe lg g6 launched at mobile world congress 2017 and has so far been well reviewed. in our hands-on review of the devic






watch out, alexa: you can now make purchases via assistant on google home


why it matters to you the battle of the voice assistants continues -- google has caught up with amazon's alexa in making purchases touch-free and simple.while google assistant may have the leg up on contextual search capabilities, amazon’s alexa has enjoyed a strong lead on the ability to make purchases. google is catching up fast, though, as you can now make purchases with assistant on google home.the new functionality uses google express, the search giant’s shopping and delivery service, but you can only place orders with “participating google express retailers” — these include the likes of costco, whole foods, walgreens, petsmart, bed bath & beyond, and more than 50 other national and local retailers.more: celebrate president’s day in virtual reality with google’s latest vr toursth






google assistant and amazon alexa clash at mobile world congress


when google launched home at i/o back in may, the software giant was clearly gunning for amazon echo. in 2017, however, it’s amazon that’s begun elbowing in on google’s territory. at ces, huawei announced plans to launch alexa on the us version of its mate 9 handset.this week at mobile world congress, motorola followed suit, inviting amazon on stage to help unveil a partnership that will bring the company’s smart home assistant to its hardware moving forward, including, most notably, a harman kardon speaker mod concept for the moto z that essentially transforms the phone into a portable echo.that same day, google had a big announcement of its own: assistant was getting a far wider mobile rollout, with the company bringing its ai to android 6.0 and 7.0 devices featuring google play services






google assistant and amazon alexa clash at mobile world congress


when google launched home at i/o back in may, the software giant was clearly gunning for amazon echo. in 2017, however, it’s amazon that’s begun elbowing in on google’s territory. at ces, huawei announced plans to launch alexa on the us version of its mate 9 handset.this week at mobile world congress, motorola followed suit, inviting amazon on stage to help unveil a partnership that will bring the company’s smart home assistant to its hardware moving forward, including, most notably, a harman kardon speaker mod concept for the moto z that essentially transforms the phone into a portable echo.that same day, google had a big announcement of its own: assistant was getting a far wider mobile rollout, with the company bringing its ai to android 6.0 and 7.0 devices featuring google play services






watch out, alexa: you can now make purchases via assistant on google home


why it matters to you the battle of the voice assistants continues -- google has caught up with amazon's alexa in making purchases touch-free and simple.while google assistant may have the leg up on contextual search capabilities, amazon’s alexa has enjoyed a strong lead on the ability to make purchases. google is catching up fast, though, as you can now make purchases with assistant on google home.the new functionality uses google express, the search giant’s shopping and delivery service, but you can only place orders with “participating google express retailers” — these include the likes of costco, whole foods, walgreens, petsmart, bed bath & beyond, and more than 50 other national and local retailers.more: celebrate president’s day in virtual reality with google’s latest vr toursth






google's allo messenger gets new emojis, assistant button in latest update


why it matters to you google's allo messaging app is gaining emojis and an easier way to access the google assistant.google’s allo may be the youngest messaging app in the search giant’s family of six, but it’s quite possibly the sharpest. it features the assistant, google’s ai-powered tool that serves up restaurant recommendations, reminders, flight information, and more. it boasts smart reply, which suggests personalized responses to incoming messages. and starting today on android and soon on ios, it’s gaining a host of new features that will make allo even smarter than it was before.first up is new an improved gif search function. now, a new “smiley” icon in the app’s chat bar opens a carousel of selectable reactions. but if you can’t decide which one to use, allo’s lucky feature, whic






is advertising the price we'll pay for having ai everywhere?


image: tyler lizenby/cnet on thursday, twitter user bryson meunier got an unexpected surprise when he used his google home. after asking the smart assistant "okay google, what's my day like?" google home told him the current weather and his commute time, before launching into an advertisement for the latest disney film. "by the way, disney's live action beauty and the beast opens today," the home said. "in this version of the story, belle is the inventor instead of maurice. that rings truer if you ask me. for some more movie fun, ask me something about belle." meunier posted a video of the interaction on twitter, showcasing the conversation. after meunier declined to ask about belle, the home presented him with the news. see: alexa and google home's dirty little secret: 97% of voice apps a






is advertising the price we'll pay for having ai everywhere?


image: tyler lizenby/cnet on thursday, twitter user bryson meunier got an unexpected surprise when he used his google home. after asking the smart assistant "okay google, what's my day like?" google home told him the current weather and his commute time, before launching into an advertisement for the latest disney film. "by the way, disney's live action beauty and the beast opens today," the home said. "in this version of the story, belle is the inventor instead of maurice. that rings truer if you ask me. for some more movie fun, ask me something about belle." meunier posted a video of the interaction on twitter, showcasing the conversation. after meunier declined to ask about belle, the home presented him with the news. see: alexa and google home's dirty little secret: 97% of voice apps a






samsung confirms bixby voice assistant on its website


samsung galaxy s8 will be unveiled in two weeks and we already know that the device will reportedly have a dedicated button on the side for its voice assistant bixby. now, samsung's website for italy delivered the final proof as it added the ai feature in its terms and conditions, effectively confirming what it does.bixby logothe privacy statement mentions that bixby as a voice feature. with it, you can “control all operations” of your mobile device. the t&c is both for mobile devices and wearables, and we won’t be surprised if bixby appears on the next generation of gear smartwatches.bixby is the successor of s voice, which still is a voice-operated feature across all galaxy devices much like google assistant is a step up from google now.source (in italian) | via (in dutch)






hamas on the two-state solution and a new charter | israel


in an extended interview with senior hamas leader and spokesman osama hamdan, we discuss the release of a new hamas charter that may eliminate its anti-semitic language."when we are talking about the jews, we are not against their religion, we are not against their beliefs, we are not against them as a people," says hamdan. "we are against the one who is occupying our cities, villages."when asked about an independent palestine, hamdan said they would support a "palestinian state on the lines of june 4, 1967, including the right of return and jerusalem as a capital for the state", but declined to call it a "two-state solution".for more from this interview, click here.follow upfront on twitter @ajupfront and facebook.source: al jazeera news