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Stay organized and productive with new Assignable reminders

If you’re a fellow parent, you probably spend a lot of time coordinating with your partner through on-the-fly conversations, text messages or phone calls. From figuring out who’s picking up the kids from dance practice to who’s tackling the weekly grocery shopping, managing various schedules can be especially stressful this time of year when kids are heading back to school.


Assignable reminders on the Google Assistant help families and housemates better collaborate and stay organized while at home or on the go. This means you can now create reminders for your partner or roommate to do things like pick up the groceries, pay a recurring bill, walk the dog—or send them a note of encouragement when they need it the most (“Hey Google, remind Mary that she will do great on tomorrow’s exam.”) The feature will be available over the next few weeks in English on phones, speakers and Smart Displays in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, and will work with Google Nest Hub Max when it’s available later this fall.


Assignable reminders on mobile

To assign a reminder, ask your Assistant, “Hey Google, remind Greg to take out the trash at 8pm.” Greg will get a notification on both his Assistant-enabled Smart Display, speaker and phone when the reminder is created, so that it’s on his radar. Greg will get notified again at the exact time you asked your Assistant to remind him. You can even quickly see which reminders you’ve assigned to Greg, simply by saying, “Hey Google, what are my reminders for Greg?” 


Assignable reminders on Google Home Hub

This feature will also work for location-based reminders with a specific address or landmark. For example, if you want to remind Claire to pick up flowers—and you don’t know the exact time she’ll be going shopping—just say, “Hey Google, remind Claire to pick up flowers when she gets to the San Francisco Ferry Building.” The Assistant will then create a reminder that will pop-up for Claire when the Assistant recognizes that she has arrived at the Ferry Building.


You can send and receive reminders only from people who are in your Google family group or those who have their accounts linked to the same Smart Display or speaker as you and are Voice Matched. The recipient must also be in a senders' Google Contacts. For parents who want to give their kids access to the Assistant on Google Home, you can create an account for kids under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) through Family Link, then link their Google Account and voice to Google Home. In addition, you have the control to block anyone from sending you reminders at any time through the new Assignable reminders section in Assistant Settings.


We think this feature will be a great tool to help families (and housemates) manage tasks this new school year and beyond.

Get help from the Google Assistant on your DISH Hopper

Surfing through the list of TV shows or movies for a night at home is often time consuming. You can try typing out titles from the on screen keyboard, but that can be equally frustrating. Now, the DISH Hopper family of receivers can help you find content faster with the Google Assistant, which can be accessed with the new DISH voice remote.

With the DISH voice remote and the Google Assistant, you can use your voice to search for content based on channel, title, actor or genre. Plus you'll get all the usual help from the Assistant.

Here are a few things you can do:

Enjoy entertainment

Use the Google Assistant to play, pause, fast forward, rewind and search for content across DISH’s library of live TV and on-demand content, plus your favorite movies, shows, and YouTube videos. Just press the mic button on the voice remote and say, “Show me sci-fi movies,” “Change the channel to Food Network,” or “Turn on closed captions.” 

Control your home

Press the mic button on your voice remote and ask your Assistant to adjust the temperature, lighting, and other smart home devices connected in your home. Give these a try: “Dim the living room lights” or “Set the thermostat to 72 degrees.”

Manage tasks

Ask your Assistant “Tell me about my day” to see your calendar, ask “how's traffic to work” before you head out the door, or “add popcorn to the shopping list” to prep for your  next movie night. 

Get answers

Ask your Assistant questions and see the answers on your TV screen with DISH. Get answers related to what you're watching, favorite shows, characters, and actors. You can also get information on local businesses, flight details, and game scores. For example, “What pizzerias near me are open now?” or “What’s the score of the baseball game?” 

DISH customers with a voice remote and a broadband-connected Hopper (all generations), Joey (all models) or Wally can access the Google Assistant once they receive the software update. New customers and existing DISH customers without a voice remote can visit mydish.com/voice-remote to check their eligibility for the new voice remote at no extra cost. 

From the comfort of your own couch, you now have all the capabilities of the Google Assistant right from the remote control. 

8 tips for a stress-free summer road trip

Growing up, I always looked forward to summer and the road trips I’d take with family and friends. It didn’t matter if we were trekking from Chicago to Florida or taking a scenic journey to camp at Boulder Lake in Wisconsin. We’d always make a summer jams soundtrack (on cassette), pack the car full of snacks, and stick our heads out the window to feel the cool breeze. 


These days, road trips feature my wife and son, as we explore all that California has to offer, but those old habits have remained the same.


For many people like myself, road trips will always will be quintessential part of summer. If you’re planning to hit the road for an adventure of your own, here are eight ways the Google Assistant can help you safely get things done when you’re behind the wheel (or in the back seat):

  1. Check the weather at your destination by saying “Hey Google, what’s the weather like in Yellowstone this weekend?”

  2. "Hey Google, how's traffic to downtown Charlotte?" will give you the quickest route to your destination.

  3. Give your friends an update on your arrival time by saying, “Hey Google, share my ETA with Ari.” 

  4. Stay in touch while you’re on the road by asking, “Hey Google, call Dad.” 

  5. “Hey Google, find the nearest gas station” will help you when you need to make a pit stop. Or ask your Assistant, “Hey Google, where’s the nearest coffee shop?” when you need to get your caffeine fix. 

  6. Avoid boredom with a podcast or audiobook while you're driving through remote locations. Just say, “Hey Google, play Planet Money.”

  7. Play, pause or skip through your favorite songs from services like YouTube Music, Pandora, and Spotify. 

  8. Send text messages with your voice so you can keep your eyes on the road. Just ask the Assistant, “Hey Google, send a text to Jake” or “Hey Google, read my messages.”

And it’s really easy to get started. You can access the Assistant in a variety of places, whether you’re using Google Maps for Android and iOS, Waze for Android, Android Auto, or through the new car accessory, Anker Roav Bolt. Later this year, we’re introducing the Assistant’s new driving mode, a voice-forward dashboard for Android that brings your most relevant activities—like navigation, messaging, calling, and media—front and center. 


Bonus tip: When you get home from your trip, you can always pull up specific pictures from your journey from Google Photos by asking the Assistant on your Smart Display. Give it a go by saying, “Hey Google, show me my pictures from Yosemite.”


Buckle up and and remember to take plenty of pictures of your trip!

Have a laugh with the Assistant this International Joke Day

Picture this: you’re in a dim room packed full of people. Suddenly it’s your turn to go on stage and spontaneously create and act out a story—complete with characters, jokes and dialogue. While this would terrify most people, as an improv comedian, this is actually one of my “happy places.” 


I’m also one of the team members that infuses humor and personality into the Google Assistant, so naturally International Joke Day is my other happy place.


If you’re looking to get in on the fun—or prep for your next act— just ask your Assistant “Hey Google, tell me a joke.” 


"Hey Google, tell me a joke"

Here are some of our favorite responses you’ll get across the globe:

Australia

“I once fell in love with an encyclopedia. I was completely infactuated 📖”

Brazil

“Por que os professores ficam felizes nas festas de Dia das Bruxas?” Porque há bastante espírito escolar 👻”

Translation: “Why are teachers happy on Halloween? Because there is a lot of school spirit”

Canada

“Which Canadian dessert has the biggest antlers? The chocolate moose”

Egypt

“👦 أمي، هل المحيط الهادئ، هادئ دائمًا؟ 🙎‍️ هل  يمكن أن تسأل سؤالًا جدّي أكثر، يا كريم؟ 👦 طيّب، متى مات البحر الميّت؟”

Translation: “👦 Mom, mom, is the Pacific Ocean calm all the time? 🙎‍️Can you ask a  serious question? 👦 Okay, when did the Dead Sea die?” (Editor’s note: The Pacific Ocean in Arabic is known as the “calm ocean”)

France

“Si vous vous lancez dans le commerce, je vous conseille la vente de bateaux. Votre entreprise sera immédiatement à flot 🌊 😉”

Translation: “If you ever start a business, I recommend trying to sell boats. You wouldn't want to miss the boat”

Germany

“Gehen zwei Hunde in der Wüste spazieren. Meint der eine zum anderen: „Wenn nicht bald ein Baum kommt, passiert ein Unglück!” 🐕💩”

Translation: “Two dogs are walking in the desert.  One dog says to the other: ‘If we don't see a tree soon something bad is going to happen!’ 🐕💩”

Great Britain

“How did the vacuum cleaner die? It bit the dust 💨”

India

"ডাক্তার : আপনার অ্যাপেনডিসাইটিসের সমস্যা হয়েছিলো কখনো? রোগী : হ্যাঁ ডাক্তারবাবু, ছোটবেলায় স্কুলে থাকতে খুব সমস্যা হয়েছিল , বানান করতে গিয়ে"

Translation: “Doctor: Did you ever have a problem with Appendicitis? Patient: Yes, Doctor, When I was young, at school, I had a big problem...  writing the spelling for it”

Indonesia

“Kenapa ikan hidup di air asin? Karena air lada akan membuat ikan bersin 🐡”

Translation: “Why do fish live in the salty water? Because peppery water makes fish sneeze 🐡”

Japan

“旅の出発地にピッタリな島があるのを知ってますか?どこかって? | 「イースター島」です🗿いいスタート、だから👍”

Translation: “Did you know that there is an island that is perfect for beginning a journey? You want to know where it is? It’s ‘Easter Island’🗿Because it has a good start.👍 (Editor’s note: The sound of the words “a good start” is “Ii sutarto” in Japanese which sounds like “Isutar To,” the name of Easter Island)

Mexico

“¿Qué hace Pepito golpeando un reloj? Está matando el tiempo 🕡”

Translation: “Why is Pepito hitting a hammer? He's killing time 🕡”

Singapore

“I really need to stop making jokes about prawns. It's making me hungry sia 🍤”

Editor’s note: "Sia" is an expression in Singapore, to show excitement or exaggeration. Additionally, it’s a play on the sound for the word for “prawns” in Chinese, which is one of the many languages spoken in the country.

Spain

“👦 Profe, ¿me castigaría por algo que no he hecho? 👩 No, Jaimito, ¡por supuesto que no! 👦 Qué bien, porque no he hecho los deberes”

Translation: “👦 Teacher, would you punish me for something I haven't done? 👩 No, Jaimito, of course not! 👦 That's great because I haven't done my homework”

Taiwan

“蘋果和梨子在比賽,看誰先講到自己名字就輸了,梨子興奮地說:「來啊」 | 梨子就輸了🍐🍎”

Translation: “Apple and Pear are having a contest -- whoever says their name first will lose. Eagerly, Pear says "Bring it on!" and ends up the loser" (Editor’s note: Pear's comment sounds like "pear” [the fruit] in Taiwanese)

U.S.

“Why won't the shrimp share its treasure? Because it’s shellfish 🍤”

Vietnam

“Bé đi học về, khoe với bố: Bố ơi, con là người khoẻ nhất lớp đấy! Tại sao con nghĩ thế? Tại vì cô giáo bảo con rằng, chỉ một mình con mà kéo cả lớp tụt lại đằng sau 😜”

Translation: “A kid looked very proud when speaking to his father after school: ‘Dad, I’m the strongest one in my whole class!’ ‘That’s great, but how did you know that?’ said his father. ‘My teacher told me today that I alone have dragged the whole class down to the bottom position this month! 😜’”

Make every story a performance with help from Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell knows how to tell a story. She's taking a break from Disney’s “Frozen” to help you make every story a performance, with Google Home Mini as her co-star. If you need help with your own storytelling, you can get a Google Home Mini and three Little Golden Books—”The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” and “Frozen”—for $49 at Walmart. 


To read along with Google Home Mini, grab one of these Little Golden Books and say, “Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney.” As you read aloud, your Google Home will play sound effects and music to bring more magic to the story. It recognizes where you are in the book, so if you skip ahead or read your favorite part a few times, it can keep up with you and play the right sound effects. We know that interruptions are inevitable, so if you pause for any reason, background music will play until you’re ready to begin again. 


As the kids get older, they may want to do story time on their own. For parents who want to give their kids access to the Assistant on Google Home, you can create an account for kids under 13 through Family Link, then link their Google Account and voice to Google Home. And remember—Google Home already comes with lots of other Disney games, so you can go on interactive adventures with some of your favorite characters right from your living room.


So, prepare your costumes, work on your character voices and get ready to read. Google Home and Disney will set the stage.


The Google Assistant is now available in Waze

Think about the last time you were stuck in traffic—the minutes you spent staring at a long line of red taillights probably didn't feel productive. The Assistant can already help with navigation in Google Maps, so it’s easier to search for places along your route or add a new stop while you’re on the go. And starting to roll out today in the U.S., you can get help from the Assistant in Waze on Android phones in English.


Thanks to its community of millions of drivers contributing real-time data every second, Waze helps you beat traffic, while the Assistant lets you to play music and podcasts, message your friends and call your family hands-free—without ever leaving the navigation screen. Many of your favorite Waze features, like reporting traffic, pinpointing a pothole or checking for alternate routes, can also be accessed simply by using your voice. Just say “Hey Google, report traffic” or “Hey Google, avoid tolls” when navigating with Waze and your Google Assistant will help keep you connected, informed and minimize distractions while you’re on the go, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

Google Assistant in Waze

Voice commands in the car help minimize distractions so you can focus on the road. We look forward to continue making your driving experience even better with help from the Google Assistant.

Kick off the Women’s World Cup with Google

Kick off the FIFA Women's World Cup with Google

Futebol, Fußball, football, soccer ... No matter where you’re from, it’s one of the most popular sports all over the world. Tomorrow, the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ will kick off, and here’s how Google can help you keep up with the tournament and your favorite teams.

Be in the know with Search and the Assistant

If you’re busy during a match, Search can help you find the information you need including stats, news, and lineups. If you search for any match, you’ll see a timeline with photos, commentary and every important play as it happens. You can also subscribe to receive notifications and updates about your favorite team by looking it up on the Google Search app and tapping “Follow.”

You’ll also be able to track up to three real-time game scores right on your Android phone screen. Search for the match you’re looking for, then tap and drag to pin the match anywhere on your screen. Once the matches are over, click the pinned score to go back the game summary on Google Search and you will find a video with highlights and exciting plays immediately after every game.


As always, the Google Assistant is here to help with questions like, “Hey Google, when does France play next in the Women's World Cup?” or ”Ok Google, show me the Women's World Cup standings.” And if your country is competing, you’ll see custom Google Doodles by local artists from the participating countries. All Google Doodles will all be available as they are unveiled at google.com/doodles.

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Women’s World Cup Doodles from around the world.

See more on YouTube

FIFA, alongside a number of their FIFA World Cup broadcast partners, will upload comprehensive highlights to every game on their YouTube channels, as well as top FIFA World Cup moments and behind-the-scenes content. Broadcasters include the BBC in the UK, ARD and ZDF in Germany, J SPORTS in Japan, Fox Sports and Telemundo in the U.S. and beIN in the Middle East, North Africa and selected Asian territories.

Don’t miss a moment with Google News

Keep your eye on the ball as the action happens with a dedicated FIFA Women’s World Cup Google News interactive tracker for Android. Quickly find scores, upcoming matches and watch game highlights. From the group stage to the final showdown, explore the tournament through full coverage and analysis of your favorite teams and players.

Contribute to the history of women in soccer

It was not long ago when women were actually prohibited from playing in countries such as Brazil, England, France and Germany. To rediscover the history of women in soccer, Google Arts & Culture is working with the Football Museum in Brazil to create a living digital archive of the years when women were banned. Everyone is invited to contribute with photos, articles from local newspapers, audio and video files about women's soccer from their personal collections. Together we can fill the historical gaps and tell the history of women in soccer.

Grab your jersey and claim your spot on the couch—the games start tomorrow!

Google Search and the Assistant help you stay on top of the ICC Cricket World Cup action

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Over the next month and a half, cricket fans across the country will be gripped in the fever that is the ICC Cricket World Cup! We’re as excited as you are, and have been working on many features that will be lighting up across our products to help you get the most out of this exciting sporting season. From Google Search to the Assistant, here’s how you can stay in the know -- and even have a bit of fun.  


Google Search
During the cricketing action, you can explore the tournament table, stats, and upcoming matches right in Google Search. Just search for “ICC Cricket World Cup” in English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, or Urdu to get started.




Get in on the action with your favorite team—for instance search for “India cricket team”—to read up on the latest news, view squads, lineups, and even dive into winning probabilities, which will continuously update before and during the game.


If you can’t watch a live match, Search can help you stay on top of the game. You can view short video clips highlighting exciting moments, and read through live commentary in English and Hindi. If you’re following a team or all matches in the World Cup, you’ll also see game notifications appear on your home screen to make sure you don’t drop the ball.


To keep track of all the matches, you also can pin real-time scores on your Android phone screen from Search on mobile browsers or from the Android Google App. Find the match you’re looking for, then tap and drag to pin the match anywhere on your screen.




After each match, you can dive into summaries including player of the match, top performers and key moments. Within an hour after a game ends, you’ll find video recaps from select broadcasting partners featuring highlights of major match moments.



Google Assistant and Google Home

To make sure you never miss a game, try asking your Assistant, “Hey Google, when does India play next?” And while you’re watching your favorite team hit another six or rip through the opposing top order, you can ask your Assistant for interesting stats about your favorite player or team -- like how many career runs a player has, or who the player of a specific match was. You can even get up-to-date stats by asking, "Hey Google, what are the current Cricket standings?" This also works in Google Search.




Highlights, live audio, behind-the-scenes and more from YouTube


On YouTube you can get highlights to every game on the official ICC channel. And top teams like India and Australia will take you behind the scenes with the players on their YouTube channels.    


Now that you have everything you need to stay informed during the ICC Cricket World Cup, it’s time to pick up your bat and ball and dive into the action!

Catch up on the Cricket World Cup with a little help from Google

For all the fans looking to catch the action and understand the ins and outs of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Google Search, the Assistant, and YouTube have you covered.


Stay in the know with Google Search

Over the next six weeks, you can explore the tournament table, stats and upcoming matches right in Google Search. Just search for “ICC Cricket World Cup” in English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, or Urdu to get started.


ICC Cricket World Cup in Search

If you want to get in on the action before the opening toss, you can search for your favorite team—for instance “India cricket team”—to read up on the latest news, view squads, lineups, and even dive into winning probabilities, which will continuously update before and during the game.


If you can’t watch a live match, Search can help you stay on top of the game. You can view short video clips highlighting exciting moments and read through live commentary in English and Hindi. If you’re following a team or all matches in the World Cup, you’ll also see game notifications appear on your home screen to make sure you don’t drop the ball.


To keep track of all the matches, you can pin real-time scores on your Android phone screen from Search on mobile browsers or from the Android Google App. Find the match you’re looking for, tap and drag to pin the match anywhere on your screen.


ICC Cricked World Cup - pin real-time scores on Android phone screen

After each match, you can dive into summaries including player of the match, top performers and key moments. Within an hour after a game ends, you’ll find video recaps from select broadcasting partners featuring highlights of major match moments.

ICC Cricket World Cup summaries

On the front foot with your Google Assistant

To make sure you never miss a game, try asking your Assistant, “Hey Google, when does Australia play next?” And while you’re watching your favorite team hit another six or rip through the opposing top order, you can ask your Assistant for interesting stats about your favorite player or team -- like how many career runs a player has, or who the player of a specific match was. You can even get up-to-date stats by asking, "Hey Google, what are the current Cricket standings?" This also works in Google Search.


Highlights, live audio, behind-the-scenes and more from YouTube

On YouTube you can get highlights to every game on the official ICC channel. And top teams like England and Australia will take you behind the scenes with the players on their YouTube channels.    


Now that you have everything you need to stay informed during the ICC Cricket World Cup, it’s time to pick up your bat and ball and dive into the action!



Rise and shine: new alarm clock features with the Assistant

Waking up to a blaring alarm—or accidentally forgetting to set an alarm entirely—isn’t the best way to start your day. For a more pleasant wake up, and to help manage your morning and evening routines, we teamed up with Lenovo to build the Assistant into a new alarm clock purpose built for your bedroom.

Available for purchase in major U.S. retail and online stores starting today, the Lenovo Smart Clock comes with a sleek 4-inch interactive touchscreen and blends into your bedroom décor. While you’ll get many of the same Assistant features you’re already familiar with on other devices, the Smart Clock includes a few new tricks to help you get a good night's rest and start your day right.

For example, the Assistant will suggest the best time to set an alarm for the next morning based on your alarm history or events in your calendar, so you won’t miss any important appointments. And with Sunrise Alarm, the brightness of the screen will gradually increase 30 minutes before your alarm goes off, evolving from dark colors to brighter lights that mimic the sunrise to help you wake up naturally. The Smart Clock also allows you to easily snooze the alarm—you can hard tap on it without having to look at the screen or just say “stop” without having to say “Hey Google” every time.


Lenovo Smart Clock gif

This works like other Assistant-powered devices, so you can play podcasts, audiobooks and playlists, or use Routines to get multiple things done with a single command. By simply saying “Hey Google, good night,” you can turn off all the lights, activate your house alarm, decrease your smart clock volume, and play some relaxing music. While you sleep, the Smart Clock will transition to “dark mode,” so the screen doesn’t disturb you at night. Of course, it’s compatible with other smart speakers or smart displays with the Assistant so you can do multi-room audio grouping. The Smart Clock also includes a USB port to charge your phone while you sleep. We even designed clock faces you can choose from to fit your personal style and bedroom decor.

The Smart Clock will be available for $79.99 at Best Buy and Walmart.com in the US, and later this week in the UK and Australia, with more countries to come later this year. Now get some rest!