After a year of catching up, Google Home needs to truly distinguish itself from the Echo

After a year of catching up, Google Home needs to truly distinguish itself from the Echo

 Google Home has spent the past year catching up. No surprise, really. The Echo had a roughly two-year head start on the device. This week, the smart home hub celebrated the one-year anniversary at I/O of its announcements with a few key additions aimed at making its product a true competitor. From the looks of it, the company is playing the long game here, seeding mobile devices with Assistant… Read More

Spotify acquires French machine-learning music recommendation startup Niland

Spotify acquires French machine-learning music recommendation startup Niland


Jordan Novet / CNBC:

Spotify acquires French machine-learning music recommendation startup Niland  —  – Spotify bought a French AI start-up called Niland that has a unique approach to music recommendations.  — It’s in a race with Apple and Pandora to use AI and other methods to give music customers the best music-discovery experience.

Native IFTTT integration appears in Google Assistant, allows users to create applets [Gallery]

Native IFTTT integration appears in Google Assistant, allows users to create applets [Gallery]

As we noted in a past teardown of the Google app, IFTTT integration was in the works for Assistant. That functionality has now popped up on one of our devices, and it allows users to easily make new commands and manage existing ones.

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Google launches Google Assistant on the iPhone

Google launches Google Assistant on the iPhone

 Watch out Siri, there’s a new kid in town. Google just announced at its I/O developer conference that its personal assistant is coming to iOS. You won’t be able to replace Siri with Google Assistant, but you’ll be able to use the feature in Google’s dedicated app.
“Today, I’m excited to announce that Google Assistant is available for iPhone,” VP of… Read More