Android Wear section disappears from Google Store, smartwatches "no longer available"


It's not immediately evident how to change Google Assistant to use a male voice, nearly as if Google only begrudgingly conceded this feature.

Google has been updating the Play Store app quite frequently from the last 2-3 months, but we haven't seen such a jump in versions, so this could indeed mean that there has been a lot of under the hood changes in this one if not any UI changes are there. Google Assistant, the one common feature across all of Google's fresh new batch of devices, may not have been under the spotlight that long, but its arriving with a big bang and a whole lot of new features. You can now download Play Store APK version 8.3.41 from the link shared below. Fast forward to today, the Google Assistant has been made available as an app on the Google Play Store. It is just a shortcut that you can place on your home screen or app drawer for easy access of the Google Assistant.

You do not need this app to use the Google Assistant if you already have the Google Assistant on your device.

To engage the app, users have to command Google Assistant with "OK Google, talk to NAB". Throughout the course of the event, various titbits of information on upgrades to Google Assistant were dropped in each presentation. Android Police adds that the app's code also reveals that it checks if the user's device is eligible for Assistant, and informs the user if it is not.

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For marketers, the greater presence of Google Assistant - and its competitors like Amazon Alexa - in the home open up new channels to reach consumers directly during their day-to-day routines.

Crunchbase data profiles have also been included in the new version of the app to add additional context to the stories you read.

If you've been following our various columns on Android customization, then you should know by now that we have a soft sport for custom icon packs around here.