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Google Assistant Can Now Find Your iPhone and Order Takeout

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Digital assistants have come a long way since Apple released Siri in 2011, and that growth isn’t stopping. Today Google Assistant picked up several new features to make your life easier. Now it can help find your iPhone, order takeout, and automate your life with new routines.

The features are rolling out now, and for anyone who likes Google Assistant and Displays but prefers iPhone, the first should be very welcome. Until now, you could ask a Nest Hub (or other Google Display) to “find my phone,” and it would ring your Android phone.

But you couldn’t use the feature to find an iPhone. That changes today, and iPhone owners can now opt-in to receiving notifications and critical alerts from the Google Home app. Ask a Google Display to find your iPhone, and it will make the device play a custom ring tone. You’ll hear it even if you left your iPhone on silent or Do Not Disturb. You’ll need the Google Home app for iOS installed, of course.

Google Assistant can help you with takeout orders now too. Google worked with a few partner restaurants to start but hopes to expand this out more. Search for a restaurant near you in the Google App on Android, and if the restaurant you want to order from is supported, you’ll see an “order online” button.

Go through the usual process of picking the food you want. After that, the Assistant will automatically navigate the site, order your food, and fill in your contact and payment details you have saved in Google Pay and synced to Chrome Autofill. You won’t have to deal with navigating a confusing website; Google Assistant does the work for you.

Sunset and sunrise routines in Google Assistant.
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Routines are getting some attention as well. Google is rolling out sunset and sunrise routines globally that vary based on location. You can customize it to automatically on or off lights or other smart home devices as the sun rises or sets in your area.

And to help you get started with Routines, Google created new dedicated section with Ready-Made Routines. It can suggest routines you might useful like, “tell me if my battery is low” or “tell me what happened today in history.” You can also add a shortcut to your Android’s home screen to jump to your favorite routine. The new routines are rolling out today in the Google Home app and Assistant settings.

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Tile Gains Amazon Sidewalk Assist to Better Contend with AirTags

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Amazon Sidewalk Gains Support for Tile and Level

Tile has just received assist for Sidewalk—Amazon’s “neighborhood network” wi-fi conventional. This new integration signifies Tile’s trackers now have a a lot more substantial network to get the job done with, which tends to make it a additional practical competitor for Apple’s related AirTag trackers.

Sidewalk is Amazon’s new wi-fi regular, which Amazon hopes extra clever dwelling and IoT units will use. The normal relies on the reduced bandwidth 900MHz spectrum, and has a for a longer period access than Bluetooth and can much better go by means of walls than Wi-Fi. Sidewalk also works by using relatively very little ability as very well.

Amazon needs this network to be capable to increase your smarthome exterior the confines of your real residence, say to your property or driveway or so. Mainly because 900MHz is also the exact unlicensed  bandwidth that walkie-talkies and cordless phones use, this will become a semi-non-public Wi-Fi network. Gadgets like Amazon’s Echo and Ring are what makes the community, pooling a slender portion of your property world wide web bandwidth with that of anybody else living in close proximity to you who also has the equipment.

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Far more of these community factors signifies a bigger Sidewalk network, which now also signifies a bigger community for Tile to function off of. If you go for a jog about the community in the morning and unknowingly drop your keys, or if your canine receives out, it’ll be easier for you to identify them with these additional community factors. Furthermore, you will also be equipped to do so with a very simple “find my keys” voice command via Alexa.

Sidewalk’s extended variety is a significant deal for Tile, which on its have depends on short-length Bluetooth to operate. This is the exact same purpose why it is awesome to see Level’s clever locks also attain guidance for Sidewalk, as they also operate on Bluetooth. Now (perfectly, later on in Might), Level users will be able to remotely check on and take care of their lock/unlock position when they’re away from household.

Amazon pointed out that it is also now functioning with CareBand, a company that manufactures wearables for dementia clients. With Sidewalk integration, it’ll be easier to monitor these wearables and provide extra intensive help for their “help” button. Echo products will before long be capable to additional conveniently set up Sidewalk, many thanks to an impending update set for June 8.

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