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Spotify voice controls are coming to all Google Assistant-powered devices

Spotify voice controls are coming to all Google Assistant-powered devices”

Google made some big product announcements on Wednesday, but one thing that never came up during the event was Android Wear.

With the exception of accessories like wireless headphones and cases, plus products from Nest, all non-Google products are gone from the store. However, if you dig deeper you will find that it is not a casual mistake.

This isn't the same as the "out of stock" listing, which would indicate that the watches would be available again, so it looks like the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style (Google's smartwatch pair that arrived earlier this year) may not be coming back.

While the Pixel 2 and new Home speakers are definitely the stars of Google's latest show, the tie that bind them isn't going left behind.

A year ago marked a big shift for Google's mobile efforts in a bid to compete against Apple, Samsung, LG, and other top-tier smartphone manufacturers.

Apart from improvements in recognising user voice inputs, the Google Assistant also received a major upgrade to how it generates its own speech as well. Even the Samsung Chromebook Plus, which Google was heavily involved in the development in, are nowhere to be found (the Acer Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 are also gone).

In addition, last month, Google announced that similar to Android Wear 2.0, Version 1.0 will also have standalone apps. But for the time being the future of Android Wear is uncertain, beyond the Android Wear app remaining up-and-running in the Play Store.

Not only was Android Wear absent from the show, however, but its dedicated section has actually disappeared from the Google Store page. Although there is not much visible difference in the current update, a few features such as FAB buttons, Quick Install buttons and Cookbooks have been added.

Apart from the new feature of changing the voice, Google's Pixel event also unveiled some new ways in which the AI's voice assistant can be used, for example, by reading out stories to children, playing games and also for broadcasting messages to multiple Google Assistant devices at a time.



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