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Google Assistant voice control coming to DISH devices

The feature will arrive on the company's all generations of Hopper Digital Video Recorder.

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The collaboration between Google and DISH will be introduced with the DISH's Hopper DVR.
The collaboration between Google and DISH will be introduced with the DISH's all generation of Hopper DVR.
  • DISH will soon integrate Google Home and Google Assistant into its TV services.
  • The collaborators are highly pleased with this development.
  • This development will allow users to control their HD receivers with their voices.

Direct-broadcast satellite service provider DISH has announced it is working on integrating Google Home and Google Assistant into its TV service.

“We’re pleased to be working with the Google Assistant to offer our customers the ability to control Hopper’s video experiences through the Assistant on speakers and phones,” Niraj Desai, Vice President of Product Management, DISH, wrote in a blog post late on Wednesday.

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This collaboration with Google will give the audience a thrilling experience. Wikimedia Commons

The feature will arrive on the company’s all generations of Hopper Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Joey client and Wally single-tuner HD receiver at an unspecified time in the first half of 2018.

The integration will work in multiple languages including English and Spanish.

This will also enable users to control their HD receivers with voice controls after the device is paired with an Assistant-enabled device such as Google Home speakers and Android handsets. IANS

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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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“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)