NVIDIA Spot Extends Your Home Google Assistant Functionality From Room to Room

During this evening’s CES opening keynote, NVIDIA tossed out a handful of major announcements surrounding Android TV, Google Assistant, and their SHIELD platform. Not only did NVIDIA tell us about their high-powered and feature-packed new SHIELD TV unit, they also introduced the NVIDIA Spot, a Google Assistant extender that brings you voice control over your home from room to room.

If that doesn’t make much sense, let me try to explain.  (more…)

Harman Kardon Teases Cortana-Powered Digital Assistant for the Home, Coming 2017

Ever since Amazon launched Echo, every other company in the field of digital assistants has been playing catch up. With Google launching Google Home, it’s just Microsoft and Apple we’re waiting on, but with the Windows and Harman Kardon teams now teasing a Cortana-powered digital assistant speaker for the home, Apple is all that’s left.  (more…)

Netflix and Google Photos can Now be Linked in Google Home for Future Casting

During our Google Home review, we knocked the smart home speaker over its lack of Cast-able video or multimedia content as being one of its current flaws. We’re talking about being able to send over things like Netflix shows or Google Photos albums with your voice. At launch, Google only included YouTube casting, which is fine as a fun demo, but we all know the serious additions will be when players like Netflix, Plex, and some of the TV streaming services decide to participate. If recent additions to the Google Home app are any indicator, we could be close to that happening. (more…)

Google Home’s Conversation Actions are Open for Developers to Make Magic Happen

During Google’s unveiling of Google Home, the Pixel phones, and Google Assistant a couple of months ago, they showed off a preview of the future of Assistant on both devices. That future was highlighted by Actions on Google, the 2-piece platform that Google has created to give third parties access to Assistant. Today, Google has opened up one of those two pieces on Google Home, which could lead to the third party, conversational action magic you’ve been dreaming of.  (more…)

Google Home Review

After spending the past few weeks with Google Home running my home, the time has come for our review. Since this is one of those newish product categories, it wasn’t going to be fair to do this in less than 24 hours or even a week, because products like this aren’t smartphones. We all live with them differently, but also since we don’t use them constantly throughout a day like a smartphone, it’s impossible to know if your life needs one without thoroughly testing it for days on end.  (more…)

Cyber Monday Deal: Google Home at Best Buy for $75 With Visa Checkout (Updated)

Google Home has been discounted to $99 for the past few days in celebration of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals-fest. However, if you are a VISA Checkout user (free service providing quicker checkout at select retailers like Best Buy), you can land an extra $25 off Google Home when buying from Best Buy. That brings the total price down to around $75.

I would tell you that I have confirmed the discount, but VISA Checkout has been spinning on me at Best Buy’s site for the past hour. You’ll have to take Slickdeals‘ word for this one.  (more…)