Samsung unveils its context-aware ‘Bixby’ AI assistant ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

We’re barely a week away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and among the phone’s unique hardware features, Samsung is also looking to introduce some new software tricks, spearheaded by the Bixby AI assistant. Today, Samsung has made that new assistant official.

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Chrome OS ditching ‘OK Google’ hotword, likely to make way for incoming Google Assistant

We’ve been hearing a ton of new details lately regarding the upcoming launch of Google Assistant on Chrome OS, and recently, more and more moves are being made behind-the-scenes to prepare for the change. Today, it’s been discovered that Google has tossed out the current hotword support on Chromebooks to make way for the Assistant.

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VIZIO’s wireless soundbar packs Chromecast built-in for $250, Google Assistant compatibility

VIZIO is no stranger to the world of Google Cast, with the company offering multiple speakers and TVs with the functionality built-in. Now, VIZIO is back at it with a new soundbar that offers up Chromecast built-in for an affordable price, along with Google Assistant compatibility.

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This week’s top stories: Pixel 2 tidbits, Galaxy Note 8 impressions, Assistant updates, and more

In this week’s top stories: We offer some tidbits about the upcoming Pixel 2, Google highlights new features coming to Assistant, Ben talks about his “long weekend” with the LG V30, and much more. Read on for all of this week’s news.
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Google launches ‘AIY Projects’, open-source hardware dev kits for Assistant SDK & Android Things

Google is launching a new initiative called AIY Projects, which will include a number of do-it-yourself artificial intelligence reference kits for developers starting with a new Voice Kit it’s announcing today. Google hopes the first project will help developers build voice command interfaces directly into products, using them to replace, for example, apps, physical buttons and digital displays currently used to control appliances and other accessories.

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This week’s top stories: Google’s ‘taimen’ phone, Galaxy S8 release date, hands-on w/ the Project Jacquard Levi’s jacket, Assistant & more

In this week’s top stories: Google’s ‘taimen’ Pixel follow-up, Galaxy S8 specs & release date, hands-on with the Project Jacquard Levi’s jacket, Google Assistant & Home, and much more.  more…

Hands-on: Android in the Car one-ups Android Auto with native controls through Assistant and more [Video]

In-car infotainment systems have long been pretty bad. As touchscreens entered the game, things only got worse, especially in the way of applications. Google and Apple both have ways to fix that, but they don’t provide functionality that the car’s system has, such as climate controls.

With the option to build Android into manufacturers own systems, Google is making it easier for car makers to integrate options like Google Assistant and Android apps into vehicles, and at I/O 2017, we’ve gone hands on.

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