Google Home New Updates and New Features For December 16 2018
This week's new updates for the Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Hub, and Google Assistant are the last new features we'll see for 2018. Google has a number of updates for this week in 2018 for those great home automation products, and I'm happy to bring you the latest.
Google Home v2.8 adds Routines button to home screen, deep linking to Nest app [APK Download] - https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/google-home-v2-8-adds-routines-button-to-home-screen-deep-linking-to-nest-app-apk-download/
Easily the biggest news this week about the #GoogleHome is within the Google Home application. The next version is 2.8 and it features links direct to Nest, a new Routines button, a thermostat button, and a camera button all on the home page. This should show similarly on the new Smart Displays with #GoogleAssistant.
https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/13/tip-google-assistants-broadcast-replies-are-live/ - Tip: Google Assistant's Broadcast replies are live
The Google Assistant is capable of broadcasting to your Google Home devices at your home, and you're now capable of replying. It's a great service and I show you how to use it in this video. You get a transcript as well as an audio recording sent to your phone.
https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/13/google-assistant-australian-british-accent/ - Google Assistant can now speak with an Australian or English accent
This is different than the languages themselves. You can change your Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Hub (or even Smart Display with Google Assistant) to have an English or Australian accent. Google has called the English accent "British" by the way.
https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/lenovo-is-rolling-out-smart-display-r5-update-with-improvements-for-lights-home-tiles-and-more/ - Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more
The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant has a bunch of new features. The biggest to me is the Cookbook feature as well as the ability to favorite, save, and do a whole lot more with your Google Photos.
https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/06/google-assistant-will-prioritize-briefs-over-longform-audio-news/ - Google Assistant will prioritize briefs over longform audio news
We've seen the growth and changes to the Google News service on your Google Home. Now, Google is trying to provide you with shorter news clips first and then let you transition to longer news clips later in your news brief.
https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/9/18131404/google-atap-levis-project-smart-jacket-jacquard-always-together - Google and Levi’s smart jacket can now warn you if you’re about to leave your phone behind
You'll always know with the Jacquard smart jacket if you're leaving your phone somewhere you shouldn't be. It's going to send you a notification on your phone as well as on your jacket!
https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/03/nest-outage/ - Nest services go down for the third time in three weeks
We won't talk much about this, but...come on Google.
https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/amazon-finally-starts-selling-the-chromecast-one-year-after-it-promised-to-stock-them/ - Amazon finally starts selling Chromecasts, one year after it promised to stock them
You can buy them direct off of Amazon if you'd like now! Although...why? Store.google.com makes a lot more sense to me for those.
That's it this week, but in case you've missed it, here are the products we're selling in our Teespring store:
Also, here are the details on our giveaway. Remember to read the terms and conditions!
Here are the products:
Amazon Echo Dot 3 - https://amzn.to/2U7WLrE (affiliate link)
Google Home Mini - https://store.google.com/product/google_home_mini
Soma Smart Home - https://www.somasmarthome.com
Here's the link to the giveaway:
Want to Win an Echo Dot, a Google Home Mini, or a Soma Smart Shades 2 pack? Enter here ➜ https://gleam.io/UFjwf/christmas-2018-smart-home-giveaway-on-automate-your-life
Here's the original video this was announced on, which has additional details: https://youtu.be/Zr1z1XUQkqg
If you need any recommendations for home automation products, here's my Amazon Influencer Shop. Yes, I make money if you buy a product from Amazon through this link, but I've only included products I personally recommend. It's a curated list of high-quality smart home products.
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