The NHS is preparing to hand out thousands of Facebook Portals to care homes in a bid to combat lockdown loneliness. This wasn’t the type of adoption boost I was expecting for the Facebook portal. At the same time, video calling has quickly become very common, and Portal is all about just that.
Google announced the launch of the Local Home SDK, which enables developers to run smart home device code locally on select products. While it ‘s not a pure voice play, chromecasts and nest products such as speakers can theoretically now run apps locally.
Google’s automated, artificial intelligence-powered calling service Duplex is now available in more countries, according to a support page updated today. In addition to the US and New Zealand, Duplex is now available in Australia, Canada, and the UK.
This is sad. LouAnn Dagen, a 66-year-old woman in Michigan, spent days pleading for help from her Amazon Echo Show before she died of covid-19 on April 4, according to a new report from local NBC affiliate WFLA. If only there would have a better way to have helped her earlier.
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The new Google Assistant launched with the Pixel 4 last October and has expanded to since then. A look into Google app 11.3 reveals work on “Assistant Shortcuts” to let you create voice macros for supported apps. It feels a bit like this is a Siri Shortcuts move.
You can now ask Siri to play music “on Spotify” from an Apple Watch. The feature is made possible by iOS 13 and watchOS 6, which started allowing third-party music apps to integrate with Siri instead of limiting it to Apple Music.