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Google promotes Google smart speaker on Google homepage

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Google’s homepage, the most visited website in the world, is known for its traditionally minimalist design — save for the occasional Doodle. So it’s unusual to see the company using its homepage to advertise its own high-end speaker. Below the Google search bar is a simple two-sentence ad that states “Meet Google Home Max.

Now in stock.” It links to the purchase page for the Google smart speaker, which was announced the speaker last year. The sly ad anticipates the Feb.

9 sales date of the competing Apple HomePod. Apple isn’t advertising the HomePod as a smart speaker, however, even though it features Siri.

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Google Home Max

OK Google, you sound way better on a Max.

But should I really pay £400?

SEE IT £399.00at Walmart

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Google Flights will now predict delays and show baggage fees

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Google Flights will try to play the part of Nostradamus. A feature in its latest update will predict when your flight will be delayed before that delay is actually announced. Announced in a blog post Wednesday, the predictions will be based on historic flight data and machine learning algorithms.

Google will only show you the prediction if the computer is at least 80 percent certain, but the company still recommends getting to the airport on time. You can see the predictions simply by using Google to search your flight number or route. If Google’s predictions are accurate, they could be quite helpful for travelers.

Google Flights will also show info when looking for a flight that’ll definitely help travelers on a budget. The other part of Wednesday’s update will display additional info for extra cheap flights if the airline will restrict your ability to use the overhead bin or select your seat. The feature is aimed at new fare types such as “Basic Economy” that limit your access to some basic conveniences and occasionally restrict your ability to make any changes to your flight.

Google will continue showing these tickets and prices, but will also show what exactly is restricted with your purchase for extra transparency.

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Google Assistant now understands Hindi commands better than before

In a bid to make Google’s services more relevant and accessible in India, the company has introduced Hindi language support for Google Assistant. Google Assistant in Hindi is not as skilful as the English one, but it is likely to improve in coming months. The search giant has not made an official announcement on the update, but Google’s confirmation on JioPhone and Assistant integration is a hint.

To start using Google Assistant in Hindi, you must have an Android Phone running Android 5.0 or later. The phone language must be set to English (India).

When I first heard about the update, my expectations were totally opposite of what Google Assistant did. Sadly, the Hindi support is more like an irritating gimmick where you’ll end up speaking in English. 

For instance, when I ask Assistant ‘Kaise ho’ meaning how are you in Hindi, Google replies with ‘I’m fine’, which is good. Upon asking ‘Mausam kaisa hai’, meaning how’s the weather in Hindi, Google shows the weather. But sadly, during my experience, Assistant replied English every time I asked something. Moreover, it failed to understand my speech 60% of the times and showed random results.

Since Google hasn’t given a word on this update, it is too early to be critical about the feature. Chances are that Hindi support for Assistant is still under testing and the refined version would take some time to arrive.

With an ever-increasing user base of Android[1] devices in tier 3 cities and towns in India, it would be a big step for Google to build its relevance in the country.

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  1. ^ Android (www.techradar.com)

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