Assistant is available on iOS devices via a downloadable app , meanwhile, on certain Chromebooks via either a dedicated keyboard button or within the launcher's search function, and on Google Home and other smart speaker or Smart Display products via their built-in voice commands and on-screen options. Unless otherwise noted, the functions described in this article should work on any Android phone, but some of them may not be available on iPhones, iPads, or other types of Assistant-enabled devices.
Create new calendar events on the fly by telling Assistant "add to my calendar" or "make an appointment" followed by the event's name, date, time, and optionally even location. For instance, you could say something like: "Add to my calendar, project meeting on June 12th at 11 a. Once that's done, use the Assistant command "Add to my iOS calendar" followed by the event's title, date, and time. Get a broader overview of your day by activating Assistant and saying "tell me about my day" or even just "good morning.
You can even have Assistant automatically take your phone off silent, set your phone's media volume to a specific level, and adjust any connected devices in your home or office as part of the process. To configure all of the options, open the Google Home Android or iOS app and tap the profile icon in the lower-right corner, then select "Settings" followed by "Assistant," "Routines," and "Good morning.
Assistant's routines give you ample options for configuring complex chains of events that can then be triggered with a single command.
In that same section of the Home app's settings, you can configure a separate routine that'll occur whenever you tell your Assistant "good night. Be sure to look, too, for the routines for "Commuting to work" and "Commuting home. Want to configure your own personalized routine? Tap the circular blue plus icon in that same "Routines" section in the Home app's settings. You can then create a custom list of actions that'll occur whenever you speak a specific command — or even just recur automatically every day at any time you specify.
Next time you need to make a call, let Assistant act as your operator. Simply tell it to call any publicly listed business or any person in your contacts — specifying "mobile" or "work" if needed — and then sit back while the call is made. If you're driving and need to go completely hands-free, add "on speakerphone" to the end of your request.
You can make calls from a Google Home or Smart Display device as well and even have your own regular cell number show up on the caller ID — effectively giving you a free and supremely effective speakerphone that works over the internet and is completely independent of your actual mobile phone. Follow the steps on this Google help page to link your number and get started. Send a text without lifting a finger by telling Google Assistant "text" followed by your contact's name.
Assistant will ask for your message and, once you've finished dictating, show it on the screen and ask if you want to edit it. If your eyes are on the road and you can't look down, you can always take your chances and just say "send it" at that second prompt. It'll allow you to create a custom command for texting that person, and you can then activate it from any Assistant-enabled device. Take note: You can use that same IFTTT texting applet to send custom notes or reminders to yourself from an Assistant-enabled speaker or display.
The memos will show up as attention-demanding notifications on your phone — so when an important thought comes to mind during the day, all you have to do is speak it aloud and know it'll be waiting for you when you walk out the door. Simply put your own phone number in as the target when setting up the applet and configure the activation command to be something sensible for the context "text myself," "send a message to my phone," or whatever else you might remember.
An alert will be sent to your phone to tell whoever has it that it's being tracked. Use the menu on the left-hand side of the Find My Device site to play a sound helpful if you misplaced it in your home! Selecting Secure Device will lock the phone, display a message of your choosing on the lock screen and sign out of your Google account.
Don't worry, you can still locate the phone after it's locked. If you use Google Pay for mobile payments, locking your phone will prevent anyone from using your phone to make a purchase.
If you use the Erase Device feature, you will no longer be able to track the phone. Reserve this feature as a last resort. Should the thief turn off your phone, you won't be able to track it until it's turned back on and has a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. Google will send you an email once it locates your device.
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Once you find your phone, you'll need to enter your PIN or passcode to gain access. That should also get rid of the lock screen message. You might also have to log in to your Google account, just to verify it really is you accessing the phone -- you don't need to turn anything off in the Find My Device app. Samsung Galaxy owners have the benefit of using Google's or Samsung's respective services to locate a lost device, but I recommend using Samsung's offering.
As you'll see below, the added capabilities are invaluable. To track a lost device with Samsung's service, you need to visit findmymobile. There isn't a companion app, so you'll need to use a mobile browser on another phone or a computer. Sign in with your Samsung account, then select your lost device on the left side of the screen. A map will display where your phone is currently located, and a menu of options will show up on the right side of the screen.
Start by locking the phone, which will display a personalized message on the lock screen, suspend your Samsung Pay cards and prevent the phone from being powered off. Next, create a backup of your phone. Should you lose it for good, you'll want to have a current backup of your phone. If the phone is moving locations, use the Track location feature.
Enabling this feature will track your phone every 15 minutes. Finally, turn on the Extend battery life feature -- this will disable almost everything on the phone but the location tracking. You don't need to go back to the website and turn any of the tracking features off. If your phone has been stolen and you're able to track its location, do not attempt to recover it yourself.
The 6. Are you a Just Black kind of phone person? Clearly White? Or are you into Not Pink, my personal favorite, which is neutral-toned with just the slightest hint of a flush, like the white Pixel just walked up a flight of stairs? Color tones matter. It also ran without a hitch—except when the camera app froze a couple times as I tried to switch apps. Finally, camera hardware matters—somewhat.
The Pixel 3 now has two front-facing camera lenses, which means you can take an extra-wide-angle selfie by opening up the field of view with a sliding tool. This is one of my new favorite camera features on the Pixel 3.
But to consider the Pixel 3 is to consider its software above anything else. A feature like Photobooth, borrowed from the Google Clips camera, auto-captures a series of selfies for you. Top Shot is another another AI-powered tool, one that more than one Google worker told me was the most significant feature of the new camera.
Top Shot is supposed to select the best shot of all of the frames captured in a motion photo—the shot where everyone is smiling and looking at the camera with their eyes are open, and where nobody has walked into the frame. But every time I took a motion photo, I went to the "film strip" of stills below the photo and there were no Top Shot suggestions in sight. With Super Res Zoom on the new Pixel 3, you can zoom in on objects far away and expect a crisper image.
Pixel 2 doesn't have "Super Res Zoom," but here's a similar photo captured with the Pixel 2.
Other aspects of the new camera showed notable improvements. Even without the Night Sight feature onboard, low-light photos looked better in general than those captured on the Pixel 2.