via IFTTT Amazon Alexa and Google Home New Features and New Products – April 8, 2018 – Episode 6
This week, I’m going to update you on a number of new features being released on both the Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo, and Google Home series’ of products. All of these great home automation products have new features and products to talk about.
First up this week is an update from Google related to those of you in India. You’re next up for the release of Google Home and the Google Home Mini. Both of those devices will come to India in April, and the Google Assistant is ready to speak Hindi (at least mostly).
Google’s executive team has been discussing the option to produce an Echo Show type of Google-based Smart Display. Rishi Chandra, a VP at Google, has discussed this potential a number of times now.
Amazon Alexa has a few new skills. First off, is the capability to donate to charity using only your voice, Alexa, and Amazon Pay. It’s a great way to help out your favorite charity (if you’re in the US). There are about 50 charities ready today.
Additionally, there’s a new feature coming out related to setting your DVR to record. Dish, Verizon, TiVo, and DirectTV have jumped on board and you may be able to set your DVR already. If not, the feature is coming soon.
TuneIn Live is a brand new subscription service created by TuneIn and partnered with the Amazon Alexa app. You’ll be able to listen to games on MLB, NBA, NHL, and the NFL, as well as hear broadcasts from CNBC, MSNBC, Al Jazerra, and Newsy.
Those of us in Canada can now use Alexa on the Amazon Music app. It’s still a pretty manual process, but the pieces for voice control are starting to come together for those of us in Canada.
Motiv bands are now available all over the place (now on Amazon too). The Motiv band now has Android app support, as well as Alexa support where you can ask Alexa for your heart rate or to sync your data.
Both the Google Home and Amazon Echo series can give you information about traveling through Lonely Planet. In the video, I show you the basis for using this new skill. No setup necessary!
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