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Retail Giant Walmart Adding Voice-shopping Feature on Google Assistant

In July 2018, Walmart teamed up with software major Microsoft in a five-year strategic partnership to make use of its cloud services to compete with Amazon in the digital space

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Competing with the likes of Alexa-powered Amazon, retail giant Walmart is now adding a voice-controlled shopping feature called “Walmart Voice Order” on Google Assistant.

To use the feature, users are required to add and link their existing Walmart accounts to Google Assistant which will enable them to shop using voice commands, just like Amazon offers with Alexa, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

While users would use Google’s voice service to add things to their carts and place orders, Walmart would actually handle processing and delivering the order.

A Walmart store.

According to Walmart’s announcement of the new Assistant integration, the roll-out of the service would take a few weeks.

The integration seems interesting because, earlier in January, Walmart opted out of Google’s Express shopping service, presumably to focus more on its own retail efforts instead of funnelling them through the search-engine giant.

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In July 2018, Walmart teamed up with software major Microsoft in a five-year strategic partnership to make use of its cloud services to compete with Amazon in the digital space. (IANS)

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Google Assistant Would Now be Able to Read Your Work Calendar: Report

Assistant integration for the G Suite Calendar app applies for both mobile as well as desktop users

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Google Assistant is finally coming to G Suite, starting with the Calendar app in beta within Googles enterprise platform.

In a blog post, which coincided with the announcement at the company’s Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, the tech giant outlined how the integration will work.

“Users with G Suite accounts can start testing with Assistant starting today,” said the company.

“G Suite is integrating with Google Assistant, specifically with Calendar,” said David Thacker, Vice President of Product Management, G Suite.

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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“Now when you sign in and switch to your G Suite account, you can use your Assistant to help you prepare for the work day,” he said.

Assistant integration for the G Suite Calendar app applies for both mobile as well as desktop users.

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Since the integration is just an enterprise feature, it would not work on Assistant-compatible device synced to an individual’s personal account.

In addition, the company is also bringing other improvements including third-party connectivity in Cloud Search, updates to Hangouts Meet to help businesses stay connected and “connected sheets” feature to let workers collaborate on up to 10 billion rows of data right from within Sheets, the post noted. (IANS)