Google tests voice matching to secure Google Assistant purchases

Google assessments voice matching to safe Google Assistant purchases

Google Assistant’s Voice Match feature can now secure purchases made through its voice assistant as part of a limited pilot program. A spokesperson from the company confirmed to Android Police that the functionality is new, and is designed to help secure purchases made on smart speakers and smart displays. At the moment, it’s restricted to…
Google is working on voice confirmation for purchases with Assistant

Google is engaged on voice affirmation for purchases with Assistant

Soon you’ll be able to make purchases through Google Assistant using just your voice. As Android Police reports, a new Voice Match setting has been discovered in the Assistant’s Payments and Security settings pane — a pretty strong indicator that Google’ Voice Match technology will be its next pathway to hands-free shopping.According to Android Police,…
Google’s New Assistant Voice Match Feature Seems Kind of Sketchy

Google's New Assistant Voice Match Function Appears Sort of Sketchy

Photo: Joanna Nelius (Gizmodo)There are plenty of ways to use your phone to pay with stuff: You can use your face, your fingerprint, a passcode, and, now, simply your voice.Google just rolled out a limited pilot program that will let a few lucky people make purchases with nothing but their voice, according to The Verge.…
Save $70 on a Nest WiFi bundle at Best Buy and the Google Store

Save $70 on a Nest WiFi bundle at Greatest Purchase and the Google Retailer

Buy Google Nest WiFi at Bed Bath and Beyond - $199If you've been following our deals coverage, you may recall that we highlighted a similar promotion from Amazon last week. To avoid any confusion, here's how they differ: the two-pack Amazon is selling for $239 features two routers, instead of a router and access point.…
Smart speaker showdown: Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

Good speaker showdown: Google Residence vs. Amazon Echo

Smart speakers sit in our homes, quietly listening to everything we say and feeding what they learn back to the corporations that spawned them, like sinister Elves on Shelves. Still, some of us can’t resist the shiny allure of being able to yell random questions into the void like a medieval despot and get an…
Google is working on end-to-end encryption for RCS texts in Messages

Google is engaged on end-to-end encryption for RCS texts in Messages

RCS is supposed to be the spiritual successor to classic SMS and MMS texting, but the lack of built-in encryption puts a damper on that — someone could theoretically snoop on your messages where they can’t with services like iMessage. You might get your privacy after all, though. The 9to5Google crew has found evidence of…
Looks Like Google Messages Might Finally Be Getting End-to-End Encryption

Seems Like Google Messages Would possibly Lastly Be Getting Finish-to-Finish Encryption

Photo: Getty ImagesEnd-to-end encryption for RCS appears to finally be in the pipeline for Google’s messaging app. That’s according to code spotted in an upcoming version update by the folks at APKMirror, as first reported by 9to5 Google this weekend.Rich communication services, or RCS, is a type of messaging protocol that puts its predecessor, SMS,…
Create Shortcut Buttons With Google’s ‘Action Blocks’ Android App

Create Shortcut Buttons With Google's 'Motion Blocks' Android App

Image: ShutterstockWe all use our phones for a ton of routine tasks that require a few steps to implement. For instance, if you’re going to video chat a family member you might have to find the video app on your phone, tap to open it, then scroll through your contact list to find the person…
How to Set Up New Google Accessibility Features on Your Android

Learn how to Set Up New Google Accessibility Options on Your Android

Image: ShutterstockYesterday was Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To celebrate, Google announced a number of new accessibility features for Android and Google Maps.Notably, it made finding wheelchair accessibility information easier in Google Maps and it added some new features for those who are deaf or hard of hearing that can potentially make everything from ordering food…
Google Maps Makes Wheelchair-Accessible Locations Easier to Spot

Google Maps Makes Wheelchair-Accessible Places Simpler to Spot

Graphic: GoogleIn honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google’s adding a long-overdue feature to its Maps app that puts details about a location’s accessibility facilities front and center.With the “Accessible Places” feature enabled, business and points of interest with wheelchair-accessible entrances are marked with a wheelchair icon along with information about whether accessible seating, restrooms,…