Google Assistant now compares Lyft and Uber prices, but it can’t book a car

Google’s keeping the Google Assistant, its AI-powered, cross-device voice and visual assistant, fresh with a steady stream of updates. Yesterday saw the rollout of an improved visual interface on Android and support for paid subscription voice apps. And today, Google took the wraps off of tighter integration with ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber. Starting […]


Baidu’s DuerOS AI assistant is now installed on 100 million devices

Amazon’s Alexa. Microsoft’s Cortana. Apple’s Siri. The Google Assistant. They’re among the world’s most popular voice assistants, but a Chinese up-and-comer — Baidu’s DuerOS — is joining the ranks. Baidu yesterday announced that its conversational AI assistant has reached an install base of 100 million devices, up from 50 million just six months ago. DuerOS, for the uninitiated, […]

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Lenovo Smart Display review: The Google Assistant now has a face

Enlarge Valentina Palladino The first Android Things device is now available; Google is officially firing shots at Amazon’s Echo-everywhere mentality with Lenovo’s help. Lenovo’s Smart Display is much like Amazon’s Echo Show: a screen-toting smart speaker that carries not Alexa, but the Google Assistant. Like the Google Home and its Max and Mini cousins, this […]