Microsoft, Google team up to let Google Assistant control the Xbox One
Xbox users could already control their console with Amazon's Alexa or Microsoft's own Cortana, now they can also use the Google Assistant .In respective blogposts, the two tech giants announced that they are beginning a beta of the new functionality Thursday. The integration is similar to what has been offered with other voice assistants, allowing you to turn the Xbox on or off, open apps or games on the console, take screenshots, record game clips, control play/pause and adjust the volume.
Controlling your Xbox One just got a lot easier, because Microsoft has just rolled out support for Google Assistant. The long-awaited update means gamers can control the console using Google Assistant, as well as the Google Assistant iOS and Android apps.
Victorious in a particularly epic multiplayer melee? Just say, "Hey Google, take a screenshot of that on Xbox." Want to pick up some tips from a pro gamer? Ask Google Assistant to launch YouTube.
On a more practical note, the new voice controls let you turn your console on and off, pause or mute the action, as well as fire up a game – without any button-bashing.
Google Voice users can start calls and send messages with Siri
Following its latest iOS update,Google Voice now works with Siri. You can use Apple's assistant to start calls or send messages through the service. You can enable Siri control by going to the Google Voice options and marking a default account for calls outside the app. Then, you'll have to activate the Use with Siri option for the app in the iOS device settings. It'll surely be a welcome update for Google Voice users who have an iPhone or iPad, particularly since Siri can learn your calling and messaging preferences, but it leaves the service in a strange place on the voice assistant front.
The Xbox Action for the Google Assistant joins Alexa support (already up and running), plus a bunch of other improvements such as revamped gamertags with new characters. Microsoft also says that tags will now be supported on profiles, friends lists, messages, LFG and clubs. Gamers with existing Xbox tags can keep them, so there's no need to panic.
Also in the update are new text filters. Choose from friendly, medium, mature and unfiltered depending on what type of messages you want to block (and your attitude to trolling).
Finally, there's a new 'People Search' feature that makes it easier to find new teammates, an improved Mixer live streaming app (Microsoft's answer to Twitch) and additional language support for voice-to-text dictation through a Kinnect headset.
Google Assistant is ready to find your Tile tracker
As promised, Google Assistant can now help find your Tile trackers with very little effort. Link the Bluetooth gadget in the Google Home app, set up Voice Match in Assistant and you can ask the voice helper to locate your trackers (and hopefully, the items attached to them) using a simple sentence rather than adding a prefix like "ask Tile to" every time. You can tell Assistant to ring your keys or find your bag. This works on anyThis works on any Assistant-capable device, although you will need the Tile app on Android or iOS for the initial setup. While Assistant's support for Bluetooth trackers is still pretty slim (Chipolo is the only other brand we know to work at present), this is still a pretty big addition.
The update is available to download now and includes Google Assistant in all countries where Google Assistant is supported. Currently Xbox One-less?to see the cheapest Xbox One deals and bundles.
An end to slip-ups with Google Assistant .
If you make a mistake, it is now possible to cancel Google intelligent assistant orders using a simple voice command. The newly updated Google Assistant help page has revealed that it is now possible to cancel your most recent voice command by simply saying "Hey Google, that wasn't for you." Using this feature, you can prevent Google Assistant from storing commands or pieces of information that were given by accident. Let's not forget that itThe newly updated Google Assistant help page has revealed that it is now possible to cancel your most recent voice command by simply saying "Hey Google, that wasn't for you.