Far Cry 5 is the most socially relevant game in the series yet. This is the first time Ubisoft has brought the open world franchise to America — specifically, to the wilderness of Montana. But it's more than just another free for all shooter. The ga… Engadget RSS Feed
Actions on Google, the developer backbone behind third-party Google Assistant integrations, is getting more and more capable with time. Last time we saw it get updated, it learned new languages, got better discoverability for the apps, and added notifications, a personalized experience, and more. With this new update, there’s even more in tow, so let’s get started.
First, in conjunction with the news that Assistant is adding 30 new languages, 7 of which are launching soon, developers can now create actions in these same languages: Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Thai.
The fact that Google has planned a big expansion for its Assistant in 2018 was first revealed last week. Back then the number of supported languages was said to be 25 by the end of the year, but today the company has officially announced that Assistant will speak more than 30 languages before we say hello to 2019. That will make it reach 95% of all eligible Android phones worldwide. The first new languages will be Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Thai, with more coming at some point after that first wave. These will be available both on Android and iOS, by the…
Google Assistant is rolling out its ‘routines’ feature and plans to embed itself deeper into devices — even integrating directly with telcos.
First announced back in October, the routines feature allows several commands to be linked together from a single phrase. For example, saying “Hey Google, I’m home” may switch on your lights, play some music, set a comfortable temperature, and get the kettle boiling.
Perhaps most intruiging are Google’s plans to integrate with telecoms providers
The virtual assistant integrates with a wide range of IoT devices today for specific actions such as turning on your Hue lights. Google will soon integrate with the specific hardware of a device so a user could say “Hey Google, open my camera’s portrait mode” for smartphones with the feature.
While it’s camera-based features Google is focusing on first, the company plans to expand it to other innovations that hardware manufacturers may debut in the coming years. Initial partners include Sony, LG, and Xiaomi.
Perhaps most intruiging are Google’s plans to integrate with telecoms providers. Users could ask for things such as how much data is left in their plan, add certain features like roaming passes, or even ask for programs to be recorded in the case of companies which also offer DVRs with TV packages.
There’s no current timeline for the feature, but it sounds as if carriers are being supportive of Google’s plans. Initial carriers will include Sprint, Vodafone, Koodo, and Telus.
Are you impressed by Google Assistant’s features? Let us know in the comments.
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Yesterday brought us a new version of Gboard, bumping the version number up to 6.9. There’s not much in the way of changes that you’ll see right away, but there is now a semi-hidden feature that will tell you about changes when they happen. However, a deeper look into the APK does reveal plans to add a feature that provides suggested responses to go with messaging apps that implement Direct Replies.
I know that there are so many card games on the App Store right now, but that’s because touchscreen devices are the perfect platform for them. And, also, card games aren’t that hard to develop, although they are hard to make interesting and well-balanced. Rhino Games’ Mythgard, a lane-based collectible card game that will make its way to mobile when it hits beta, hopes to be more than just another one of many card games. Mythgard has quite the team behind it, including the engineering and product lead on Diablo 2, the founder of Flagship Studios, and the CTO and founder of Runic Games, so I think we can be confident that the developer knows how to make games, although it remains to be seen whether that expertise translates into a strong card game.
The developers are big Magic: The Gathering fans, but they don’t think it will ever translate well to an online game. At the same time, they see Hearthstone as a bit too shallow; so, they decided to make a game that sits between those two games in terms of complexity, and they feel that it could be the “perfect” CCG. Mythgard offers multi-color decks, resource management (without Magic‘s “mana screw”), artifacts, lane enchantments, and more. At the same time, Mythgard streamlines the Magic formula by having faster play without phases or interrupts. You can play the alpha version of Mythgard on the game’s website, and the game should soon be available for beta testing on mobile devices.
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Billion dollar businesses have grown out of apps. Mobile apps account for 57 percent of all digital media usage (yes, all). Despite this amazing adoption, we’re still far from reaching the peak of app development — and if you’re like me, that should make you really excited. This past year has seen major advancements for digital product teams, and it’s only getting better. Apps are going to become even more powerful and performant as technologies we have long waited for are reaching maturity and are finally ready for prime time. This won’t come without its own challenges though, as product…
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