CES 2019 May 13, 2019

A month before the Pixel Slate was officially unveiled, Brydge accidentally revealed third-party accessories for the Made by Google tablet. While the G-Type is already available, one device that leaked was not introduced until CES 2019. Brydge this week announced “the first ever dedicated desktop keyboard & touchpad for Chrome OS.”

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CES 2019 January 14, 2019

After years having no official presence at the world’s biggest tech show, CES 2018 ushered in a booth from Google. This past week at CES 2019, Google’s much larger booth housed the new “Assistant Playground” and the Google Assistant Ride too. Here’s what it was like to stop by.

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Brydge, a company most-known for its very popular detachable iPad keyboards, has recently expanded its business to give some serious attention to a popular Google platform as well. That’s Chrome OS, of course, and the G-Type keyboard for the Pixel Slate was the first out the door last fall. Now, Brydge is showing some more cool stuff at CES.

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CES 2019 January 11, 2019

Ahead of CES 2019, TiVo was one of the latest big names to be in talks for work with Android TV. At the show, I was able to stop by TiVo’s suite and take a look at what the company is doing with Google’s increasingly popular platform. Here’s how Android TV looks with the new TiVo platform.

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CES 2019 January 10, 2019

Quietly revealed this week at CES 2019, Tech21 has just launched a new case as part of the Made for Google program. The new Evo Type case adds a keyboard to your Pixel 3 XL hidden within a folio style case.

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As I wrote a couple days ago, Google has lately been in the augmented reality background as it quietly pushes ahead with Glass Enterprise Edition in, well, the enterprise. But some other companies, in this case North, are still set on a much grander vision for consumer-facing augmented reality products. We had a chance to check out Focals by North at CES 2019, and boy was it refreshing.

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Mobvoi has been a huge up-and-comer in the Wear OS market for the past couple of years, and CES 2019 saw the company debut its two latest options. The Ticwatch E2 and Ticwatch S2 have both gone official and we’ve had a chance to spend some hands-on time, as well as checking out some of the handy new features coming to these watches.

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CES 2019 January 9, 2019

CES is a big show for televisions as particularly crystalized this year by Apple’s move to bring iTunes and AirPlay 2 to third-party sets. On the Google front, there were a handful of new Android TV products with the OS in recent months picking up adoption. Google is now planning to improve the experience by enforcing minimum hardware requirements.

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While CES is becoming less and less of a show for Android, Google’s presence at the show has been growing more and more thanks to the Assistant. This year, the company had a bigger booth than ever before, and there were tons of products around the show floor that caught our interest. Following up on the past two years, here are our Best of CES 2019 awards.

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CES 2019 January 8, 2019

While Google’s consumer AR efforts have been in the mysterious background as of the last few years, another company, Vuzix, has gone full steam ahead toward building the consumer AR glasses that many have been envisioning since Glass gave this category its kickstart. While it’s not there yet, the company’s Vuzix Blade, being shown off at CES 2019, is inching ever closer…

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Gaming phones became a big trend in 2018, and for 2019 we’re already seeing new options. This week at CES, the Nubia Red Magic Mars has been announced and it’s coming to the US market too.

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Dish building Google Assistant directly into Hopper DVRs for voice commands, control

Last year, Dish rolled out the ability for users to control set-top boxes via Assistant on speakers, phones, and other smart devices. The DVR maker at CES 2019 announced that it is directly building Google Assistant into the Hopper family.

Back at I/O 2018, Google announced a navigation-optimized Assistant for Google Maps. It began rolling out in December, and is now officially available on both Android and iOS at CES 2019. Voice commands let users safety interact with their phone while driving and adds new features like auto-punctuation for replies.

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Smart speakers help provide answers about the world in a quick and conversational manner, with Assistant devices particularly excelling due to Google Search. At CES 2019, Google is making every Home and Smart Display into a translation device with Interpreter Mode.

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Google Assistant finally arriving on Sonos One and Sonos Beam

Sonos spent most of last year promising that their otherwise acclaimed Sonos One smart speaker would be getting Google Assistant support. Today, at CES 2019, Google has announced that the Assistant is finally arriving on not only the Sonos One, but also the Sonos Beam smart soundbar.

With voice commands arriving in everything nowadays, Google is making it easier for device makers to integrate the tech into their new devices. The new Google Assistant Connect platform is being previewed this week at CES 2019.

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Google shared on Monday that by month’s end Assistant will be available on 1 billion devices like Android and smart home devices. Today, the company is kicking off CES 2019 with new features for Assistant on phones, including flight check-in, hotel bookings, and expanded lockscreen access.

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Smart displays have changed the way many have interacted with Google Assistant, and they’re continually getting better. This week at CES 2019, Lenovo unveiled a new product in the Smart Clock, and it’s the perfect way to bring Assistant into your bedroom. Here’s our initial thoughts on the Lenovo Smart Display.

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Lenovo was the first company to both announce and launch a Google Assistant smart display. This year at CES 2019, the company is debuting another new smart display, this time with a twist – the Lenovo Smart Clock is the smallest Google Assistant smart display, by far.

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There are a number of ways to access Google Assistant when you’re driving, with JBL yesterday announcing a new form factor that places an always-on microphone in your car. Anker at CES 2019 is also joining this new device class with the Roav Bolt.

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Mobvoi may still be far from a household name, but the company’s Ticwatch smartwatches have proved some of the more popular Wear OS watches available in recent years. This week at CES 2019, the company is launching two new smartwatches with the Ticwatch E2 and Ticwatch S2. Here’s what you need to know.

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Last year at CES 2019, Kate Spade New York launched its first touchscreen smartwatch with the Scallop. Following the trend of other Fossil Group brands, Kate Spade is bringing the Scallop 2 to CES 2019, this time with a few key improvements.

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CES 2019 January 7, 2019

CES is basically the home of “we added voice commands to it.” We’ve seen everything from a toilet to the mirror in your bathroom, and that’s probably just scraping the surface. Another interesting use for Google Assistant comes from Moen with a smart shower of sorts.

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The most popular use for any smartwatch hands-down is the ability to track fitness statistics. This week at CES 2019, the Matrix PowerWatch 2 has gone official with a clever solution for battery life, as well as integration with Google Fit.

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Vizio has integrated Chromecast into its TVs for quite a while now, and thanks to Google Home speakers, that means you can easily cast content up to the big screen. Now, at CES 2019, the company is announcing the latest version of its SmartCast platform, this time with deeper Google Assistant controls.

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Google Assistant support arrives on Instant Pot Smart WiFi pressure cooker at CES 2019

Voice commands control a whole lot in our lives right now, and they’re especially useful in the kitchen. To go along with your shiny new smart display, Instant Pot has just added Google Assistant support to its wireless pressure cooker.

JBL this morning announced a slew of Assistant products like new Bluetooth headphones and the Android TV-powered Link Bar. The brand’s latest device is the JBL Link Drive that essentially brings a Google Assistant microphone into any car via the cigarette lighter.

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The Skagen Falster 2 was one of our favorite Wear OS watches of 2018, and just ahead of the new year it got a few new options. At CES 2019, we’ve had the chance to sit down and try out these new products.

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House of Marley announces portable, eco-friendly Google Assistant smart speaker

While Smart Displays are getting all the attention at CES 2019, smart speakers are still making a big splash at the Las Vegas trade show. House of Marley is the latest brand and differentiates the Get Together Mini portable speaker through eco-conscious manufacturing.

Last year at CES 2018, Google made its first official presence in years with an outdoor booth full of Assistant products, plus ads all over Vegas. For CES 2019, the company is back with a far larger booth, and we’ve got a quick sneak peek as things get set up.

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HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 is a premium Chrome OS 2-in-1 w/ 14-inch touchscreen

In addition to launching one of the first Chromebooks with an AMD processor, HP at CES 2019 is releasing a premium, work-focussed Chrome OS device. The HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 is a rather svelte-looking aluminum device with a 14-inch touchscreen.

Last week, Asus announced a slew of education-focussed Chrome OS devices, including its first Chromebook tablet. At CES 2019 today, the company is revealing the premium Chromebook Flip C434 with a metal chassis and near edge-to-edge screen.

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Yesterday, AMD made big waves in the Chromebook space by announcing its first processors for Google’s web-based operating system. The longtime chipmaker considers Chrome OS a growing market, and claims better performance than Intel at the entry-level.

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Samsung is adding support for Google Assistant in newest TV lineup

Samsung is adding support for Google Assistant (and Amazon’s Alexa) to its newest smart TVs later this year. The only downside? These TVs won’t actually respond to any “Hey Google” commands via the TV directly, instead, relying on a Google Assistant-powered speaker to do so. But that won’t be a problem for anyone deeply ingrained into the Google Home ecosystem.

Android tablets don’t get much love, and honestly, it’s justified. At CES 2019, though, Huawei is launching its new MediaPad M5 Lite, a $299 Android tablet with a useful feature for parents.

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With CES 2019 underway, Google is kicking off the Las Vegas trade show by recapping the last year in Assistant. Google also provided some key availability and usage stats for its smart assistant, while teasing developments for the week ahead.

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One of the most interesting hardware announcements at I/O 2018 was the JBL Link Bar. At CES 2019, JBL revealed that its hybrid Google Assistant smart speaker and Android TV set-top box is shipping this spring.

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JBL launching three new Google Assistant-equipped headphones this spring

The Google Assistant has long been a great choice for controlling media via voice, and lately more brands have been including direct access to it from Bluetooth headsets. JBL started including the Google Assistant in their headphones last year with their Everest series devices, and now they’re expanding the Assistant integration with three new headsets in their LIVE series.

CES 2019 January 6, 2019

Google Assistant is going to be a big trend at CES 2019 with KitchenAid highlighting just how ubiquitous and widely adopted Smart Displays will be. The home appliance brand is doubling down on how ideal for the kitchen this form factor is by adding IPX5 water resistance.

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Since 2011, Chrome OS devices have been powered by either Intel or ARM processors. At CES 2019, Acer is launching one of the first Chromebooks powered by an AMD chip with the 15.6-inch Chromebook 315.

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Intel and ARM have been your only two options for a processor on a Chromebook since Chrome OS first launched. Now, it seems AMD is getting into the game with the latest HP Chromebook 14, being demoed at CES 2019.

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CES 2019 January 4, 2019

Kohler launches new Verdera Voice lighted smart mirror w/ built-in Google Assistant

CES 2019 is right around the corner and, of course, that means we’re seeing Google Assistant in all new places. Today, Kohler has announced its new Verdera Voice smart mirror with Google Assistant built-in.

Whirlpool will launch a Wear OS app to control appliances from your wrist

Wear OS is far from everyone’s favorite smartwatch platform, but it still offers a large ecosystem of apps and hardware. Ahead of CES 2019, Whirlpool is revealing its plans to debut a Wear OS app for controlling appliances from your wrist.

Klipsch is a pretty huge name in audio, and just a few days ahead of CES 2019, the company has announced several new products. Included in the new Klipsch lineup are new soundbars and wireless speakers that offer up Google Assistant built-in.

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CES 2019 January 3, 2019

As Android TV continues to grow, we’re seeing it pre-installed on more and more 4K TVs. Ahead of CES 2019, a new lineup of Philips TVs have been announced with Android TV on board with some affordable price tags too.

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Ahead of CES 2019, LG is revealing more of its upcoming products for the new year. Following some soundbars earlier this week, we’re now getting a look at the company’s new TVs equipped with Google Assistant.

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Last year, GE Lighting debuted a set of smart light bulbs as part of the Made for Google program. These bulbs don’t require an extra hub and connect using Google Home products. Now, GE is adding new color bulbs and more to its Made for Google lineup at CES 2019.

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Ahead of CES 2019, Asus is launching four new Chromebooks all focussed on the education market with durability in mind. These rugged devices range from the 11.6-inch C204 to the 14-inch C403. Meanwhile, the Flip C214 is a new convertible, while Asus is also launching its first Chrome OS tablet with CT100.

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