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Google Assistant Stories March 14

LG’s Google Assistant smart display now available to pre-order for $297

Announced at CES 2018, the first Google Assistant smart displays are expected to launch in the summer. Lenovo, JBL, Sony, and LG have all announced devices that adopt the new form factor, with the latter company’s ThinQ WK9 now available for pre-order.

With the first Routines launching yesterday, Assistant is now adding another feature that Google announced last month. Meanwhile, text selection in Google Lens for Assistant is now widely available.

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Google Assistant Stories March 13

In our APK Insight of the Google app beta on Friday, we spotted Assistant adding new menus for “Purchases” and “Reminders.” Those additions now appear to be a part of an upcoming redesign that removes Assistant’s “Your Stuff” tab.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Announced at last year’s October 4th event and reconfirmed last month, Google Assistant Routines are finally beginning to roll out. This feature, which allows a single phrase to initiate multiple commands, is launching in the United States and replaces the existing “My Day” feature.

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Google Assistant iOS app now offers native support for iPad

If you prefer Google Assistant to Siri, the latest version of the app is available for iPad as well as iPhone …

After being teased last summer, ecobee has officially announced pricing and availability for its new Switch+ smart home accessory. Switch+ is available for pre-order starting today and ships on March 26 for $99 in the US and $119 in Canada. Like other smart light switches, Switch+ includes Alexa integration as well as Google Assistant support for controlling lights  — but Switch+ takes integration with Amazon’s voice assistant a step further by building it in to the light switch.

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