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Google Assistant added a bunch of cool features for 2020

Mashable 07 Jan 2020 06:00
A few cool additional features in time for the new year.
A few cool additional features in time for the new year.
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Google Assistant can already do a ton of things, from playing music to controlling your devices. At this year's CES in Las Vegas, the company unveiled even more Assistant features to make your life a little easier (and maybe lazier). 

From leaving digital sticky notes to putting contacts on speed dial, here are a few of the new things Google Assistant can do. 

1. Easily discover Google Assistant-enabled devices

Now, you'll always know if your new smart home device comes with Google Assistant capabilities.

Now, you'll always know if your new smart home device comes with Google Assistant capabilities.

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Sometimes, you buy a device like a robot vacuum or Bluetooth speaker and have no idea if it comes with Google Assistant. And that's OK, it's hard to keep track of it all. 

Google's new feature is here to combat that problem. Now, when you're setting up your new device through a third-party app, you'll receive a push notification on your Android or iOS phone along with a suggestion on your Google Home app letting you know it features Google Assistant. 

While it's pretty common to be able to schedule a device via its third-party app, this feature lets you use your voice instead. For instance, if you want a reminder that it's time to stop scrolling through social media and go to bed, you can say "Hey Google, turn my lights off at 9 p.m" (ambitious, I know). That way, you'll have a little nudge every night to go to sleep.

Trying to find a scrap of paper and pen to leave a note can be annoying, especially when you're about to walk out the door Enter: digital sticky notes.

Anyone remember speed dial? You know, when you assigned a number to a contact so that you didn't have to dial all the digits? 

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