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Google To Fund Digital Assistant Startups

Google To Fund Digital Assistant Startups

According to Nick Fox, Google's VP of product design for Google Assistant, the reason Google works with so many devices is so that when you walk through a store, "you can pick out any smart home device and you don't have to worry about whether it'll work or not".

As of today, the Google Assistant can control 5,000 smart home devices, which Google says includes cameras, dishwashers, doorbells, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, security systems, switches, vacuums, washers, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, AC units, air purifiers, refrigerators, and ovens. Entertainment queries and commandsincreased more than 400 percent in the last six months.

However, Google still has some work to do with its main competitor Amazon Alexa compatible with more than 12,000 devices.

Google and there partners will also be adding new functions for a range of devices including "ADT lights and thermostat, Xiaomi lights, Hunter Douglas window treatments, Hisense's H9E Plus and H9100E Plus TVs, Portable AC and Dehumidifiers, Arlo security cameras, and new LG appliances, which include everything from air purifiers to TVs". Google said it is working with television manufacturers to build Google Assistant into the next generation of TVs launching later this year.

Charles Barkley talked about punching Kenny and Shaq while apologizing to Draymond
Green, a Golden State Warriors forward, said he heard about how Barkley said he wanted somebody to punch Green in the face. If you're not going to to punch me in the face when you see me, then shut up.

Google also announced that it plans to fund early-stage startups to advance what digital assistants can do. But later this month, Google Assistant will also work with set top boxes and remotes, including Dish's Hopper line of receivers and Logitech's Harmony hub-based remotes.

Amazon doesn't offer exact information on the number of devices that support the Alexa assistant, so it's hard to truly compare which platform is making the most progress.

When the Assistant controls a Nest Hello doorbell, you can configure the connection to send a chime alert to your smart speaker or phone.

One of the more exciting additions is to bring Ikea smart lights on board.


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