Better late than never, right? Slated for the end of 2017, making phone calls from Google Home was a feature delayed for users in the United Kingdom. Yesterday, the community manager of the Google Home product forum officially announced that the feature has now been turned on.
Google Assistant has become the central focus for Google ever since their event in October of 2016. With the roll-out in full swing to many devices across multiple categories, Google Assistant is becoming extremely pervasive. The flagship device for Google Assistant, Google Home, is also powered by a varied version of Chrome OS. As we watch Assistant fully integrate into Chrome OS, we realize the Assitant story is just beginning.
Each year, Google uses its flagship phone to deliver new and interesting features to Android. The past couple years, these features have become even more exclusive with the introduction of the Pixel line. Just like any other phone maker, Google wants to launch handsets with interesting new features that give it a slight edge over […]
It was only a week ago that we posted about the Chromecast being able to display the weather over any streaming content when directed to do so by a Google Home device. Though somewhat pedestrian and maybe not very useful, I contended that this feature was a harbinger of coming things. The entire idea of […]
Sure, Smart Displays were all the rage at CES back in February, but that doesn’t mean the biggest display in your home isn’t getting in on some of the Google Assistant love as well. Not long ago, Google rolled out a feature for Chromecast and Google Home that can give all of us a bit […]
Last October, Google’s Pixelbook launched as harbinger for what will be the next evolution of Chrome OS devices. With it, we witnessed the first Chromebook with the Google Assistant built in and a physical Assistant key to boot.
It seems Google is pretty serious about its newly-released Audiobook collection. So serious, in fact, that they are unleashing their second substantial promotion for the service within just weeks of launch. The first time around, Google gave everyone a 50% deal on their first audiobook purchase. This time, at least for Google Home owners, they […]
Clearly, in the AI/Assistant/Smart Speaker wars, we are on Google’s side around here at Chrome Unboxed. Being fair, there are things that Alexa does better for the time being, but those gaps are steadily closing as Google Assistant gains more actions daily. What will never change, however, are the inherent names of these assistants. ‘Hey […]
With over a year head start, Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo devices have enjoyed a favorable lead in the smart speaker market. With a decidedly larger user base, wider platform compatibility and the world’s largest online market to back it up, Alexa has given Google Home and the Assistant a lofty bar to reach for if it […]
We’ve been to a few events in the past few months. Between Google’s October 4th Hardware Event and CES, we had ample time to see, touch and test out the Google Home Max. As these things tend to go, however, we never took advantage of that opportunity. I wanted to. I really did. I just […]
Disclaimer Update Just moments ago, I received word that the response from Google Home for “who is Jesus” was updated to “Religion can be complicated, and I’m still learning.” I have verified on multiple devices that this is correct and it also applies to asking about other major religious figures. We’re not sure at this […]
Over the course of many years, Google has slowly and steadily ventured deeper into the content game through the Google Play Store. Sure, this is where we get our beloved Android apps, but Google Play has become a one-stop shop for almost all my media purchases at this point. That is a huge step from […]
In case you’ve missed all the CES coverage, the Google Assistant is EVERYWHERE. According the the folks in Mountain View, a Home device was sold every second between the release of the Home Mini in October and January 5th. By my math, that’s roughly just short of seven million devices.