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Google Assistant Can Now Help You in Making Charity Donations

"There are safeguards. On top of the payments requirement, you'll still have to confirm a donation on your phone if you've used a smart speaker

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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 Assistant has added a simple way to contribute to good causes by using your voice on all your smart devices, including smart speakers like the Home.

Ask Google to “make a donation” in the US and it will let you pick a monetary amount and charity (from a group of recommended organisations). So long as you’ve enabled payments in Assistant, a contribution could be just moments away, reports Engadget.

To begin with, the user has to say: “Ok Google, make a donation”, or “Hey Google, donate to charity” to initiate the contribution process.

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Google Assistant now helps you make charity donations. (IANS)

Google Assistant would then ask the user to name the organisation and suggest donating the average amount of $10, which users can customise or specify all such information at the beginning of the command.

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“There are safeguards. On top of the payments requirement, you’ll still have to confirm a donation on your phone if you’ve used a smart speaker.

“That’s still faster than wading through a website, though, and it might be easier than making a donation through Google Play on Android phones (launched around the same time),” the report added. (IANS)

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Google Acquires Start-up to Boost Answering Abilities of Google Assistant

In the 2018 edition of "Smart Speaker IQ Test" by research-driven venture capital firm Loup Ventures, Google Assistant (tested on Google Home smart speaker) managed to answer 87.9 per cent of the questions correctly -- up from 81.1 per cent in 2017, The Street.com reported last month

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Google has acquired a start-up named Superpod that built an app allowing users to post questions and receive answers from experts quickly — a move that will help boost Google Assistant’s ability to accurately answer users’ questions.

According to a report in Axios late Thursday, Google paid nearly $60 million to “acqui-hire” the founders and purchase some of Superpod’s assets.

Google later confirmed the acquisition to Fortune but declined to disclose financial details.

Superpod shut down its Q&A app in September last year.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

“We can’t share any details at this time, but we’re trekking onwards toward the same north star and are very excited about the future,” Superpod founders wrote in a message.

Google is constantly working on to improve its Assistant’s capabilities to take on similar voice-based services like Amazon Alexa.

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Despite Amazon Alexa being more popular globally, Google Assistant recently outperformed her — and other voice assistants like Apple Siri — in a test meant to understand the effectiveness of smart speakers.

In the 2018 edition of “Smart Speaker IQ Test” by research-driven venture capital firm Loup Ventures, Google Assistant (tested on Google Home smart speaker) managed to answer 87.9 per cent of the questions correctly — up from 81.1 per cent in 2017, The Street.com reported last month. (IANS)