Google Assistant has long been able to do quick, one-off translations — just say something like “Hey Google, how do I say ‘birthday’ in French?” That doesn’t help much with actual conversations between people who speak different languages. For that, Google is building what they call “Interpreter Mode.” If you speak English and want to have a conversation with someone who primarily speaks French, for example, you would trigger Interpreter Mode by saying “Hey Google, be my French interpreter.” From there, the translation happens in both directions. Speak English, wait a second, and Google Home will repeat what you said but in French. When your friend responds, their French will be repeated back as English. It’ll work in 27 languages at launch. Interpreter Mode will come first to Google Home speakers and smart displays like the Google Home Hub, the latter of which will also show you the text of your translated conversation … [Read more...] about Google Assistant will soon be able to translate conversations on-the-fly with ‘Interpreter Mode’
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We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more. Listen up Can these Bluetooth earbuds really be worth $159? Andrew Martonik 31 May 2018 64 Google's Pixel Buds were one of the under-the-radar announcements back at Google's late-2017 launch event. With the Pixel 2, Pixelbook, Home Mini, Home Max and new services, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds kind of got lost in the shuffle. But with so many Android phones dropping the headphone jack, people are looking for a good pair of high-end Bluetooth headphones more often than ever — and now Google's in on the game. $159 is a lot to ask for a pair of seemingly simple wireless earbuds, so we're here to give you all of the information you need before you decide to pick them up for yourself. See at Best Buy See at Google Store Read our complete review For the full breakdown of the Pixel Buds experience, you'll want to read my long-term review. I've spent months with the Pixel Buds, often using them as my only … [Read more...] about Google Pixel Buds: Everything you need to know!
I don't speak German. But at the concierge desk at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, I'm shooting the breeze with Phillip Klimke, a Google partnerships manager who's speaking nothing but German at the moment. Our translator? Google Assistant. It's the latest trick for the Assistant, the search giant's digital helper software that's akin to Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. On Tuesday at CES, the world's largest technology show, Google unveiled the Assistant's Interpreter mode, which aims to serve as a go-between for people who don't speak the same language. Google is piloting the feature now at concierge desks at Caesars Palace (which is why we're here for the demo), the Dream Downtown in New York City and the Hyatt in San Francisco. The feature will be available first in smart displays with the Google Assistant built in. That includes Google's own Home Hub, a smart home device announced in October with a screen that shows you things like recipes and news updates. It also includes … [Read more...] about Google Assistant adds interpreter mode as war with Amazon Alexa heats up
I just wanna swipe left Google Now's feed is a killer launcher feature with a killer requirement. Ara Wagoner 27 Jul 2017 20 Months ago when Google announced it would be retiring the Google Now Launcher, it also announced that it was releasing code from that launcher for manufacturers to build their own version with, allowing them to put a Google Now page in their pre-loaded launcher. As expected, this code is something third-party launchers would love to play with, and it's already been implemented by Nova Launcher and is in progress for Action Launcher. There's just one big problem these launchers and others are running into: Google Play won't allow it. In its current form, implementing a Google Now page in a launcher requires an API that's officially restricted to system apps. Manufacturers can make a launcher with it and pre-load it on their devices as a system app no problem. For third-party developers and non-root users, the API is still usable, but the non-system … [Read more...] about Debugging a killer launcher feature: Why Google Now on third-party launchers has to jump through hoops
Sad story One of Google's standout features has been left to die, and that's sad to see. Andrew Martonik 19 Jan 2018 147 Google Now used to be really useful. It used to be so good that I only used Google Now Launcher on every phone because I needed to have Google Now just a swipe away on my home screen. Any other launcher felt like it was keeping me disconnected from information that I relied on every day. As we turned the calendar over to 2018, and just spent a week at CES 2018 seeing a huge emphasis on Google Assistant, it looks like Google's happy to let the traditional Google Now feature set — aka the "feed" — wither and die. In the past six months, Google Now has gone from a must-have feature to something I have stopped looking at regularly and even forgotten about for days at a time. It's no longer helpful, insightful or useful. Every morning, I used to unlock my phone, swipe to the right on my home screen and scroll through Google Now. I'd get updates … [Read more...] about Google Now is being left to wither and die as Google Assistant takes the focus