Wednesday, July 24, 2019

“Google Home and Nest Hub will now answer certain commands with a chime - Digital Trends” plus 1 more

“Google Home and Nest Hub will now answer certain commands with a chime - Digital Trends” plus 1 more


Google Home and Nest Hub will now answer certain commands with a chime - Digital Trends

Posted: 24 Jul 2019 03:52 PM PDT

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Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Smart assistants are supposed to be exactly that: Smart. You want coherent responses to your questions and confirmation that your commands have been heard. Unfortunately, some smart assistants talk too much. That has been the case with the Google Assistant. When you ask Google to turn off the lights, you'll receive a response along the lines of, "OK, turning off living room lights." And that response is often just a bit louder than you would like.

Google heard customer complaints and made a few changes. Now the Google Home and Nest Hub will be a bit less chatty when responding to your commands, as long as the lights are in the same room as the device. For example, if your Google Home is in the bedroom and you ask it to turn off the bedroom lights, the device will issue a soft chime rather than a verbal response. If you ask it to turn off the living room lights, on the other hand, it will give the same, drawn-out answer.

This news comes courtesy of a Google Nest thread posted by employee Rachel Chambers. She says this new feature will work not only for lights, but also for switches and plugs that are identified as lights. The key lies in the naming process. To give her example, a smart plug called "desk lamp" will issue a chime, but a plug called "desk" would prompt Google Assistant to give the normal response.

The chime will also be used to confirm other commands, like adjusting the brightness. The feature is not yet available worldwide but will be rolled out over time. The forum post will be updated when Google "can confirm it's available to everyone."

Although the details of the rollout were not given, the feature has already been implemented for some of us. It works exactly as described: The Google Home issues a short chime when controlling a smart device in the same room as it. The chime has a different tone to confirm turning a device on rather than turning it off, and the overall volume of the chime is based on the master volume of the Google Home or Nest Hub.

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The third generation of Google Glass may be nearly ready for release - Digital Trends

Posted: 23 Jul 2019 11:22 AM PDT

It looks like Google hasn't given up on Google Glass just yet. According to a new report from DigiTimes suggests that the third generation of Glass has finished the development stage and is now in pilot production.

The report notes that the 3rd-gen Glass is as light as ever, weighing as little as a pair of regular glasses. There's a catch though — the battery life will reportedly suffer as a result of the light build. In fact, battery life is so low that users may only get 30 minutes of use in between charges.

The shift of attention away from battery life is a pretty big change. The first generation of Google Glass had a 780mAh battery, while the second generation stepped things up to 820mAh battery. Both of these devices offered at least a few hours of normal use.

It's currently unclear exactly who Google is targeting with the 3rd-gen Glass. After the initial launch of Google Glass, Google began targeting enterprise and business users. It's possible that given the weight, Google wants to bring Glass once again into consumer consciousness, but given the battery life — or lack thereof — we think it's more likely that Glass will remain squarely focused at certain industries.

There are other details we don't know just yet, too. For example, it's not known how much the new version of Google Glass will cost, however previous versions have come in at around $1,000. Other details about the specs of the device also have yet to be revealed, such as the processor, amount of RAM, and resolution of the display.

An official release date for the device currently isn't known, but it could be a while, given the fact that Google announced and upgraded the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 at the end of May.

The 3rd-gen Google Glass is being built by Pegatron Corporation and Quantra Computer — which is a slight shift, given the fact that previously Quantra was the sole supplier of Glass.

Google isn't the only company working on augmented reality glasses. Apple is reportedly working on AR glasses of its own, through recent reports suggest that Apple is taking a break in the development of the new device.

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“Google Home and Nest Hub will now answer certain commands with a chime - Digital Trends” plus 1 more


Google Home and Nest Hub will now answer certain commands with a chime - Digital Trends

Posted: 24 Jul 2019 03:52 PM PDT

Nest Hub Max Hands-On Review
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Smart assistants are supposed to be exactly that: Smart. You want coherent responses to your questions and confirmation that your commands have been heard. Unfortunately, some smart assistants talk too much. That has been the case with the Google Assistant. When you ask Google to turn off the lights, you'll receive a response along the lines of, "OK, turning off living room lights." And that response is often just a bit louder than you would like.

Google heard customer complaints and made a few changes. Now the Google Home and Nest Hub will be a bit less chatty when responding to your commands, as long as the lights are in the same room as the device. For example, if your Google Home is in the bedroom and you ask it to turn off the bedroom lights, the device will issue a soft chime rather than a verbal response. If you ask it to turn off the living room lights, on the other hand, it will give the same, drawn-out answer.

This news comes courtesy of a Google Nest thread posted by employee Rachel Chambers. She says this new feature will work not only for lights, but also for switches and plugs that are identified as lights. The key lies in the naming process. To give her example, a smart plug called "desk lamp" will issue a chime, but a plug called "desk" would prompt Google Assistant to give the normal response.

The chime will also be used to confirm other commands, like adjusting the brightness. The feature is not yet available worldwide but will be rolled out over time. The forum post will be updated when Google "can confirm it's available to everyone."

Although the details of the rollout were not given, the feature has already been implemented for some of us. It works exactly as described: The Google Home issues a short chime when controlling a smart device in the same room as it. The chime has a different tone to confirm turning a device on rather than turning it off, and the overall volume of the chime is based on the master volume of the Google Home or Nest Hub.

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The third generation of Google Glass may be nearly ready for release - Digital Trends

Posted: 23 Jul 2019 11:22 AM PDT

It looks like Google hasn't given up on Google Glass just yet. According to a new report from DigiTimes suggests that the third generation of Glass has finished the development stage and is now in pilot production.

The report notes that the 3rd-gen Glass is as light as ever, weighing as little as a pair of regular glasses. There's a catch though — the battery life will reportedly suffer as a result of the light build. In fact, battery life is so low that users may only get 30 minutes of use in between charges.

The shift of attention away from battery life is a pretty big change. The first generation of Google Glass had a 780mAh battery, while the second generation stepped things up to 820mAh battery. Both of these devices offered at least a few hours of normal use.

It's currently unclear exactly who Google is targeting with the 3rd-gen Glass. After the initial launch of Google Glass, Google began targeting enterprise and business users. It's possible that given the weight, Google wants to bring Glass once again into consumer consciousness, but given the battery life — or lack thereof — we think it's more likely that Glass will remain squarely focused at certain industries.

There are other details we don't know just yet, too. For example, it's not known how much the new version of Google Glass will cost, however previous versions have come in at around $1,000. Other details about the specs of the device also have yet to be revealed, such as the processor, amount of RAM, and resolution of the display.

An official release date for the device currently isn't known, but it could be a while, given the fact that Google announced and upgraded the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 at the end of May.

The 3rd-gen Google Glass is being built by Pegatron Corporation and Quantra Computer — which is a slight shift, given the fact that previously Quantra was the sole supplier of Glass.

Google isn't the only company working on augmented reality glasses. Apple is reportedly working on AR glasses of its own, through recent reports suggest that Apple is taking a break in the development of the new device.

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