Google Assistant will soon be able to buy stuff for you on command

Google Assistant already helps us organize our shopping lists and find out about things we’re interested in, but it stops short at actually letting us buy items. With a new feature rolling out to Pixel phones, it looks like that’s about to change.google assistant payments

A new option for setting up payment methods has appeared in the Assistant settings for Pixel users, bringing the anticipated feature one step closer to reality. First discovered deep in the beta version of the Google App back in January, it seems as though Google is ready to pull the trigger on voice-powered payments, a major step in Google Assistant’s fight against Alexa and Siri.

Head into the Settings menu of the Google Assistant screen on your Pixel phone and you’ll see the new option for Payments under the Google Account section. This feature is separate from Android Pay, so tapping it will guide you through a series of steps that lets you store credit or debit cards that can be accessed by Google Assistant. At the end of the process, you’ll see a Pay through your Assistant toggle that will need to be turned blue in order to activate the feature.

There isn’t much you can do with the feature after it’s set up, but presumably Google will announce support for third-party stores shortly. At the start of the set-up process, you’ll need to accept the terms and conditions for both Google Payments and Google Express, an online marketplace that links to a number of popular stores, such as Walgreens, Costco, and Toys R Us, so at the very least you’ll be able to buy things there. However, asking Google Assistant to shop for something on Google Express merely brings up a search results screen.

Since the feature is tied to your Google account and not the Pixel phone specifically, it’s likely it will work with all of the devices integrated with Assistant, including Google Home and Android Wear 2.0 watches.

Amazon Echo users have long been able to order things from Amazon without lifting a finger, and it appears as though Google is looking to do the same thing. Pigs will fly before it includes support for Amazon’s boundless marketplace, which will severely limit its usefulness, but building payments into Google Assistant is an important step in the virtual bot’s development. And while it’s surprising that the steps here don’t include a vocal passcode option to protect against unintended purchases by our chatty kids, it’s likely Google will implement some kind of safeguard for the Home speaker once the feature is officially announced.

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Google Now Launcher’s days in the Play Store are numbered

Google long ago opened up access to its smart system of cards via the Google Now Launcher, which gave phones of all shapes and sizes a taste of what it’s like to use stock Android. Sadly, Google is warning partners that its time in the Play Store is running out.6 super smart android tips let google now know where you live and work 2

An email forwarded to Android Police describes Google’s plans for the launcher. Starting sometime this quarter, the Google Now Launcher will be removed from the Play Store. However, Google notes that while new users won’t be able to download it, it will “continue to support existing users of the Google Now Launcher by updating the Google Search app.” The Google app is essentially a standalone Google Now app, offering similar customization and information without the prime placement to the left of the home screen.

Then on March 1, the Google Now Launcher will be removed from the Google Mobile Services suite, and new devices utilizing it will no longer be approved. However, Google isn’t leaving them in the dust. A new Search Launcher Services library will allow manufacturers to insert Google Now into their own custom launchers, meaning its adoption could actually become more widespread. Previously only a few phones used the Google Now Launcher out of the box, and Google says these phones can continue shipping with it, as well as any others approved before the March cutoff date.

However, this change will mostly affect Android users who turn to the Google Now Launcher to bring some of the stock experience to their phones. While it was never quite the same as buying a Nexus, the Now launcher is incredibly popular among Android users, with more than 50 million downloads and a solid 4.3-star rating.

While Google has spelled out a clear plan for phone makers who rely on the Google Now Launcher, it’s less clear what it intends to do for regular users. While it’s unlikely that it will stop working, there won’t be any improvements going forward (aside from the promise of updates to the Google app), and support will be spotty at best. It’s possible that Google plans to open the Pixel Launcher to all phones (after all, the Google Now Launcher was once only available on Nexus phones), but it’s hard to see Google taking away one of the main reasons to buy its flagship Android phone.

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Lenovo Phab 2 seasoned ‘Tango’ smartphone With 4 Cameras, 6.4-Inch display released

At the Lenovo Tech international 2016 occasion in San Francisco, Yang Yuanqing – Chairman and CEO of Lenovo – announced the primary consumer facing venture Tango cellphone for the duration of the keynote address on Thursday. With the client release, Google has graduated the undertaking to call it simply Tango.

Called the Lenovo Phab 2 seasoned, the phone became evolved in collaboration with Google, and is supposed to make “AR and VR as pervasive as your GPS.” The smartphone will become globally available on retail cabinets in September, and Lenovo said they’re anticipated to start delivery from online shops in August. The Lenovo Phab 2 pro is priced at $499 (kind of Rs. 33,500).

Project Tango is focused around gadget vision, with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion monitoring, depth notion, and region learning. this will enable augmented truth packages like indoor navigation, seek, and gaming. With depth sensing, it can be used gesture monitoring in digital fact.

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To enable all this, the Lenovo Phab 2 pro sports activities a 6.4-inch QHD IPS show, and a total of 4 cameras. It bears a eight-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a intensity-sensing infrared digicam with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking digital camera. it is powered by means of an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Phab 2 pro bears a 4050mAh battery it is promised to deliver a 15-hour battery life. It also sports Dolby Atmos audio era for its speakers, apart from Dolby Audio five.1 seize generation for recording 3D sound.

Lenovo also introduced a unique Tango app shop will be ready with 25 apps at launch, with the wish to attain 100 apps via 12 months-give up.

The organization announced the Lenovo Phab 2 (priced at $199, or kind of Rs. thirteen,500) and the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (priced at $299, or more or less Rs. 20,000). both smartphones function 6.4-inch shows, however wherein the previous capabilities an HD show, the latter bears a complete-HD show.

Even as the Phab 2 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera and a five-megapixel front digicam, the Phab 2 Plus bears dual thirteen-megapixel rear cameras with Fujitsu Milbeaut imaging software, and a 8-megapixel front digital camera. the former is powered via a quad-middle MediaTek MT8735 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM, whilst the latter is powered with the aid of an octa-center MediaTek MT8783 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Phab 2 Plus additionally bears a fingerprint sensor at the rear panel in addition, much like the Phab 2 seasoned.

Project of Google Sunroof Can Tell You if Solar Roof Panels Will Pay Off

Google has got a good look at your roof, and can tell you if it is worth the investment to install solar energy panels.

The US tech giant said its “Project Sunroof” online tool is now available in the area around San Francisco and Fresno in California and around Boston, Massachusetts.

The new tool “uses high-resolution aerial mapping (the same used by Google Earth) to help you calculate your roof’s solar energy potential, without having to climb up any ladders,” Google engineer Carl Elkin said in a blog post.

The website “figures out how much sunlight hits your rooftop throughout the year, taking into account factors like roof orientation, shade from trees and nearby buildings, and local weather patterns” and then “combines all this information to estimate the amount you could potentially save with solar panels,” Elkin said.

It can also connect homeowners with local solar providers.

Elkin said the effort aims to overcome consumer concerns and encourage the use of green energy that reduces carbon emissions.

“The cost of solar power is at a record low,” he said.

“A typical solar home can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year on their electricity bill.

“But, as a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and a solar homeowner myself, I’ve always been surprised at how many people I encounter who think that ‘my roof isn’t sunny enough for solar,’ or ‘solar is just too expensive.'”