Google Assistant adds command for syncing smart home devices

Smart home devices can become extremely complicated. You have to use different apps for each brand, and new devices you add might not be visible to a Google Home. Google has now (partially) solved this problem, with a new voice command.

You can now say “sync my devices” to Google Assistant (on your phone, Google Home, etc) to refresh all of your smart home services. For example, if you have Philips Hue lights and WeMo outlets, Google will pull the full list of your devices from those services.

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Google just fixed a year-old Android Auto bug that caused users to see temperatures in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius, and vice versa

The love story between Google and bugs is one that will seemingly never end. Case in point: the company has just solved a problem first reported 13 months ago on its Google Product Forums concerning the incorrect temperature scale being shown on Android Auto head units.

Basically, people in the US (one of the only places in the world that uses Fahrenheit) randomly began seeing temperatures in Celsius on their Android Auto head units, whereas users overseas in countries like the UK, Canada, Italy, and so on had Fahrenheit pop up on their screens.

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Ninety7 LOFT battery base review: A $50 way to move your Google Home around the house

Google has now released three versions of the Google Home, each with its own unique size and price point, but none of them are portable out of the box. Untether them from their power cords, and you’ll be left with an interestingly-shaped paperweight (well, the Home Mini actually somewhat resembles one).

Those of you looking for a mobile Home have probably run into this: Ninety7’s LOFT battery base for the original Google Home.

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Android 8.1 update caused some Pixel C tablets to factory reset, Google says it’s fixed

When a manufacturer releases a system update, there is a general assumption that the update will not break everything. If you have a Pixel C that hasn’t received the Android 8.1 update yet (or you’ve been holding off), consider yourself lucky – many users discovered that the OTA triggered a factory reset.

Google released the final build of Android 8.1 earlier this week, and the update started to roll out to Nexus and Pixel devices worldwide (including the Pixel C).

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Google announces which Android Wear watches will get Oreo update

As the name implies, Android Wear is simply a variation of Android specifically tailored to smartwatches. This year’s Wear 2.0 update ran on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, and while some components can be updated through the Play Store, the underlying system can only be updated through normal OTAs.

Google released the Wear version of Android 8.0 Oreo a few days ago, and the update started to roll out to the LG Watch Sport and other models.

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Someone just gave their Google Home Mini a headphone jack (kind of)

We get a kick out of hardware mods here at Android Police. They’re fun to see, and occasionally fun to do, especially when they make up for a product’s shortcomings. Enter the Google Home Mini, a device which we mostly liked (when it wasn’t bugging out). It did have one slight deficiency, though, and that was volume. It just didn’t get very loud. But the folks at YouTube channel SnekTek took that as a challenge and installed an audio output jack for external amplification.

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Google Home Mini update restores touch functionality with long-press on the side

Google Home Mini is without a doubt the most affordable smart speaker to have with Google’s Assistant support. However, shortly after the launch, the company had to disable the touch sensor as the smartphone speaker was accidentally recording everything on random occasions to which later Google promised to roll out a fix and the day is finally … Continue reading “Google Home Mini update restores touch functionality with long-press on the side”
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Google Home job listing is another hint at touchscreen device

Google is rumored to be developing a touchscreen device that would join the company’s Home lineup of consumer products. A recent job posting for a “touch sensor hardware engineer” spotted by Variety confirms that the company is looking to add multi-touch products to its repertoire. “In this role, you’ll work on the next generation of Google Hardware to enable the best multi-touch user experience,” the listing says.

That can be read as an obvious sign that multi-touch products — like Google’s spin on the Echo Show — are in the pipeline. Seems reasonable. Multi-touch gestures could also find their way to speakers like the next revision of the Home and Home Max.

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