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Google Rolls out ‘Continued Conversations’ Feature on its Google Assistant

Support for managing multi-room audio, sharing photos from Live Albums with Google Photos and playing games has also been added to the Smart Display devices

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The Google Assistant can now connect with more than 5,000 devices for your home -- up from 1,500 this January, Google has announced.
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Google is rolling out support for the “Continued Conversation” feature on Smart Displays to allow users to a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant instead of having to repeat the “Hey Google” command every time.

“After you initially trigger the Assistant with a request, the Assistant will stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions. The feature is part of the Settings menu under Preferences,” Bibo Xu, Product Manager, Google Assistant wrote in a blog-post on Friday.

The feature was first rolled out for only audio to Google Home, Home Mini and Home Max products.

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Google Assistant. (IANS)

It is currently only available in English across Smart Displays from Google, Lenovo, JBL and LG.

Apart from this, the search-engine giant has also made several features available on its Smart Displays including “Interpreter Mode” and single dashboard control to control devices connected via Assistant.

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Support for managing multi-room audio, sharing photos from Live Albums with Google Photos and playing games has also been added to the Smart Display devices. (IANS)

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Google, Gmail Will Now Share Single Profile Photo

This new change simplifies things by allowing a user to set a single profile picture in one place and then displaying that single photo across all Google apps

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google has started combining G Suite users’ Gmail photos with their Google account profile photos.

“We are combining the Gmail photo with the Google account profile photo for G Suite users. Now, when you go to change this setting in Gmail, you’ll be directed to the ‘About me’ section of your Google profile settings to set your profile picture,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

Currently, profile pictures set in Gmail are only displayed in Gmail. This means a profile picture in Gmail may be different than the Google account profile photo, which can make it difficult to know which picture will be displayed where.

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Google has released a new interface design for the mobile version of Gmail that includes new visual implementations as well as feature additions. Pixabay

This new change simplifies things by allowing a user to set a single profile picture in one place and then displaying that single photo across all Google apps.

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“When you visit Settings > General > My Picture in Gmail on the web, you will be directed to change your picture in the ‘About me’ section of your Google profile settings. If your Gmail and profile photos are currently different, and you have permission to edit your photo, you will see a pop-up when you visit your About me settings which will prompt you to select one of the images or choose an entirely new photo,” the company added. (IANS)