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TechnologyA 4G flip phone with Google Assistant is coming to the US

16:45  19 september  2019
16:45  19 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Google is phasing out the old Voice Search in favor of Assistant

Google is phasing out the old Voice Search in favor of Assistant The familiar microphone icon in Google's search bar might soon be a thing of the past, according to some recent changes spotted by 9 to 5 Google. On some phones, Google's old-school "Voice Search," with the prompt "Say 'Hey Google,'" has been replaced by the four-dot Assistant logo and the term "Ask your Assistant." As a reminder, that's just like the one at the bottom of Google's Pixel launcher. It still opens the same interface as before, but the search is now performed by Assistant and displays the results in a slide-up card.

Last year Nokia showed us what was possible in a feature phone with its 8110 4 G , now Alcatel is leveraging the same operating s But setting it apart from previous dumb phone iterations is a quad-core processor and 4 G LTE speeds that supports Google Assistant , meaning you can dictate

A 4 G flip phone with Google Assistant is coming to the US . Google has rolled out Incognito Mode to Maps' preview group for testing, so you may not have to wait that long to be able to use it.

Dumb phones are getting smarter. Last year Nokia showed us what was possible in a feature phone with its 8110 4G, now Alcatel is leveraging the same operating system, Kai, to launch a 4G flip phone with Google Assistant integration, as well as apps such as WhatsApp and YouTube.

A 4G flip phone with Google Assistant is coming to the US

The Go Flip 3 (on T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile) and the SmartFlip (on AT&T and Cricket Wireless) come with all the reliable bells and whistles you'd expect in a standard feature phone, including up to 17.8 days' standby time, an acceptable 2MP rear camera, a 2.8" display and the usual preloads, such as a calendar, clock, email, messages, FM radio, notes and so on.

Google Assistant gets new voice options in nine more languages

Google Assistant gets new voice options in nine more languages Google Assistant users outside the US haven't had much choice when it comes to voice options -- until now, as Google launches a second voice for Assistant in French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Korean, Italian and English for India and the UK. The new voices have been built with DeepMind's WaveNet technology to help them sound natural, and will be displayed in settings as a color, rather than as a gender. Users selecting a voice in one of these languages will be able to choose from "orange" or "red," and when you set up Google Assistant for the first time you'll be randomly assigned one of them.

T-Mobile is also offering 50 percent off the latest iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max models with eligible trade-ins, though you'll probably want to check the fine print before you jump on that . The company notes that all of Apple's latest smartphones work with its new, longer-distance 600 Mhz LTE signal

US sanctions mean that it can't use Google 's services, including the Play Store, on this handset. Consequently, it may be a very hard sell for consumers who, as is common in the west, believe that Android and Google to be one and Google makes Assistant available via a free phone call in India.

But setting it apart from previous dumb phone iterations is a quad-core processor and 4G LTE speeds that supports Google Assistant, meaning you can dictate messages, make calls and navigate apps from the KaiStore all using your voice. So for the first time you get hands-free accessibility with the satisfying snap sound of an old-school flip phone -- a feature we could only have dreamed of back in the 2000s.

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