Hyundai announces integration w/ Google Assistant to control vehicles via voice commands

Hyundai has today announced at CES 2017 that its Blue Link-equipped vehicles will soon be compatible with Google Assistant. This new feature will allow owners of new Hyundai vehicles to control various functions their cars with voice commands via Google Home…

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Hands-on with native Google Now integration in Nova Launcher [Video]

Google Now Launcher has long been one of the only ways to access your Google Now feed directly from the home screen, thanks to a rule restricting apps on the Play Store from using the service’s API. It’s kept third-party launchers from tapping into the service (and consequently led to slow and clunky solutions like swiping gestures to launch the Google app), but not all developers can be stopped so easily.

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Google Home users are starting to see Netflix and Photos integration options

Update: Google has made these updates official on its blog.

Google is currently trying to sell people on the idea of a world in which everything can be controlled by their voice. To do this, though, they have to convince customers to purchase their 0 Google Home with built-in Assistant. Just three days ago, Google launched Actions which will allow third-party developers to start integrating their services into Google Assistant.

Based on what we’re seeing now, it would appear that Netflix and Google Photos are the first to take full advantage of this opportunity…

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Microsoft introduces Evernote, Facebook and Wunderlist integration in Outlook with Calendar Apps

If there is one thing we learned from CEO Satya Nadella’s corporate restructuring of Microsoft over the last couple of years, it’s that he wants its services to be everywhere. And that doesn’t just mean apps like those in Office 365‘s suite keeping your productivity up even on non-Windows systems, but something that aims at a much deeper integration.

With today’s update rolling out for iOS and Android, the Outlook app is adding what the company calls “Calendar Apps”. While you could already see your calendar from within the dedicated tab inside the app, the new addition — which likely comes from the Sunrise acquisition — will allow services like Evernote, Facebook and Wunderlist to integrate as well…

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Google Allo 11 prepares for Google Duo integration, adds group QR codes, more [APK Teardown]

For several months, Google has been preparing selfie-generated stickers in Allo. We gave you an exclusive preview of that feature about a week ago. Now, Allo 11 is officially introducing those selfie-generated stickers for everyone, but this update also packs evidence of several other features coming in future updates.

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Google Play Music for Android updated w/ improved Chromecast integration

Hot on the heels of our report that Spotify is soon gaining Chromecast support and that Google is soon planning to launch a refreshed model, Google Play Music for Android this evening has been updated with a handful of improvements. This time around, all of the improvements focus on the improvement of Chromecast playback.

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