Deal: BLU R1 Plus on sale for $109.99

Right on schedule, the BLU R1 Plus has had its price cut by $50.

Amazon and Best Buy are now selling the new BLU R1 Plus for $109.99, which is $50 off its normal asking price. This deal is only available today, April 29, so you don’t have long to act if you’re thinking about taking advantage of this deal.

The BLU R1 Plus is Prime-eligible, so Amazon Prime subscribers can get their phone with free two-day shipping. Best Buy is offering free shipping, too, but it’s not two-day shipping.

As a refresher, the BLU R1 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1280×720 display, 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, MediaTek 6737 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 4000mAh battery. It comes with Android 6.0, but BLU says that an update to Android 7.0 is planned.

BLU’s R1 Plus is a GSM unlocked device that is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. It offers support for VoLTE on T-Mobile, but not Wi-Fi Calling.

Are you going to snag a BLU R1 Plus at its sale price?

Sources: Amazon, Best Buy

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How to Install Android Nougat based EMUI 5.0 on Huawei P9 Plus

Huawei launched the Huawei P9 and the Huawei P9 Plus last year. While they are comparatively old devices, to begin with, they are still one of the best ones out there in the market which you can buy. However, one of the only issues which you might have with this device could be with the software it is running. Huawei is not particularly fast with its updates, and the P9 and the P9 Plus are no exceptions.

Huawei has indeed launched the new Nougat update for both of these devices, but there are chances that you might not have received the update. This could be possible if you have rooted your device etc. So if you are wondering how to get the latest version of Android on your device, then you are at the right place since we will be showing you exactly how to install the Android Nougat based EMUI 5.0 on Huawei P9 Plus. Before we begin, let’s see some of the features, etc.

About the Firmware

This firmware is based on Android 7.0 Nougat version of Android. The UI version on this is EMUI 5.0 which the latest one from Huawei. This firmware with version number B370 will work only on Huawei P9 Plus, and hence we suggest you install this only on Huawei P9 Plus. Do make a note that this is an official firmware update and you can install this without having to worry about anything.


Before we begin the installation, there are a couple of prerequisites which we need to take care of, and they are as follows –

  • First of all, check your model number and make sure it is compatible. If you are trying to install this on any other smartphone, then the chances are that you might end up ruining your device.
  • The next thing which you need to make sure is to backup all your data. Since we will be wiping the internal memory clean for this installation, it is suggested that you ensure to do this first.
  • Also make sure that your device has about 50-percent battery left before you begin the installation. If your device ends up shutting down during the installation, then you might end up with a bricked smartphone.
  • And lastly you also need to make sure that you download the file from the link given below. These files are necessary for the installation, and hence we suggest you doing that.

Download EMUI 5.0 Huawei P9 Plus B370 Nougat Update

Full HW file

Installation (Guide to Install the Update)

  1. Assuming that you have downloaded the file given in the link above, it is now time to begin the installation.
  2. Now extract the file which you had downloaded from the link above.
  3. Now create a ‘dload’ folder in the root of the SD card as we will be copying the files here.
  4. Simply copy the into the ‘dload’ folder
  5. It is now time to switch off your phone and begin the process. You can do this pressing and holding Volume up + Volume down + Power for a few seconds.
  6. This will now begin the installation process.
  7. Now, once it is done, your device will automatically reboot.

Installation (Guide to install the CUST File)

  1. Assuming that you have downloaded the CUST File from the link given above, it is now time to see how to get this done.
  2. The first step again is to extract the file which you downloaded from the second link.
  3. Now delete the previous from the ‘dload’ folder since we will be now copying this new ones.
  4. After that now, copy the new ones into the dload folder.
  5. Once this is also done, it is again time to switch off the device.
  6. You can do this by pressing Volume up + Volume down + Power for a, few seconds and it will begin the installation.
  7. Once it is done, your device will automatically reboot into the new firmware and you should be good to go.

Do make a note that in both the cases, the reboot may take longer than usual and hence we suggest you stay patient with the same. Having said that, if in case you have any queries, then we suggest you drop your questions in the comment section below and also, stay tuned to Android Advices for more tutorials like this.

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Onkyo and Pioneer add Chromecast functionality to receivers via software update

It’s not often that major functionality comes to older products via a free software update, but that’s exactly what’s happening with Onkyo and Pioneer receivers. The two companies have announced that their newer receivers are getting an update with Chomecast functionality.

Unlike many streaming functions, Chromecast doesn’t actually need special hardware. Thus older receivers with WiFi can be updated to support casting. This will allow you to send media to your home theater without any extra devices, wires, or apps.

If you’re interested in more info about the update and which models will get it, hit the source links to read more.

Via: Pioneer
Source: Onkyo, Pioneer

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Samsung Galaxy S8 home button shifts to prevent burn-in

If you’ve been using technology for a while, burn-in is nothing new to you. It occurs when an image stays on-screen long enough to permanently show, even when the image changes. Though some types of displays are more sensitive to burn-in than others, it’s a phenomenon that can happen to almost any display. OLED displays are especially vulnerable.

If you own an Android Wear smartwatch with an OLED display, you might have noticed that the watch face shifts around when in ambient mode, almost always being off-center. This is to prevent the static elements like the numbers and details from permanently burning into the display and is enabled by default on many watches. The first gen Moto 360 did not have this feature enabled, and despite being a regular LCD,  suffered from burn-in issues.

Samsung Galaxy S8 moving home button

It seems Samsung has taken the same route with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, though not with the entire display. The new on-screen home button shifts around a little bit to prevent burn-in. Though the home button is always at the bottom when in portrait, you would see it in fullscreen or landscape apps if it burned in, so this is a good decision on Samsung’s part.

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Rumors of an LG G6 Mini unclear

Rumors of an LG G6 Mini began yesterday with TechnoBuffalo publishing an article stating that a leaked internal document speaks of an LG G6 Mini. LG recently released its G6 flagship smartphone, and the Korean manufacturer has previously released mini versions of major devices. In this case, however, it is unclear if the G6 Mini will make it to market.

The article refers to the device as having a 5.4-inch display with the same 18:9 aspect ratio as its larger sibling. Internal specifications of the device weren’t revealed in the document, but many of LG’s past mini devices have featured lower-end hardware as a means to target emerging markets and budget-conscious shoppers.

Fans of the rumored device may be let down. Pricing and release details weren’t disclosed and a date from early 2016 was mentioned in the document, making it a plausible alternative that the G6 Mini was simply a proposed device that was later cancelled. The lack of other rumors regarding the device lends some credence to this option.

If other details regarding the LG G6 Mini emerge, we’ll be sure to keep readers in the loop. Stay tuned.

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Google WiFi now available in Canada for $179 CAD

Google WiFi is a great little router that’s capable of building a mesh network. You can set up multiple devices together that wirelessly extend your network, though one alone does a pretty good job. It’s supplemented by a very simple and intuitive mobile app to control it.

The little router is now for sale in Canada for $179 CAD on the Google Store, which is about the same price as it is here in the US. You can also pick up a three-pack for large homes for $439.

Canada is only one of three markets to sell the Google WiFi, the others being the US and the UK, so let us know if you pick one up!

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ to get Nougat update next week

If you own a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, you’re in for a treat. T-Mobile announced that the Android 7.0 Nougat has finally been approved for the device and will begin rolling out early next week.

The Nougat update is a big one and includes a new Doze mode for better battery life, split-screen multitasking, switching between the last used apps by double tapping the recent apps button, improved notifications with quick reply, and a lot more.

Start checking for updates come Monday and let us know when you get it!

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Discord, Spotify Music

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

ESPN - Version 5.7.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Introducing Homescreen Video. The best clips of the day, breaking news, and your favorite teams’ videos.
  • Ready for the NBA Playoffs? Log in with your TV Provider in Settings to get the best of the playoffs streaming live on your homescreen.
  • Africa – Kwese Edition. Looking for South African Premiership coverage? Switch to the Africa edition to get the best regional coverage of African sports.
  • Bug fixes and performance optimizations.


Pocket – Version 6.5.0


What’s new in this version:

  • New app icon
  • Increased maximum speed for Listen (TTS)
  • No longer including extra quotes when sharing text
  • Improvements to Edit Profile screen
  • Other miscellaneous bugs and crashes fixed


Discord - Version 3.5.7


What’s new in this version:

  • We found Search hiding in the tall grass! With that fancy magnifying glass, can you see why kids love <popular copyrighted brand name breakfast food?
  • You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose… and you can also pick the order your servers are in, now that server sorting is on Android.
  • Performance buffs to media picker. Gotta go fast.
  • Squashed lots of other bugs. Slimy, yet satisfying!


Android Messages  - Version 2.2.0

Android Messages

What’s new in this version:

  • A new name! Messenger is now Android Messages, the messaging app built for Android
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements
  • Simpler sign-up for enhanced features on supported carriers


Gboard - Version 6.2.34


What’s new in this version:

  • Cut, copy, and paste to edit text easily
  • Resize and reposition keyboard
  • New languages (with support for transliteration): Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu
  • Additional new languages: Kinyarwanda, Waray


Automatic - Version 3.8.0


What’s new in this version:

  • It’s faster than ever to switch between your trips with the new “previous” and “next” buttons at the top right of the trip details screen. Next!
  • When you reset your check engine light, the issues don’t disappear into the ether anymore. They’re kept safe and sound in the “Past Issues” section.
  • Pro-only: The driving screen is redesigned to make it easier to share your car’s live location.


Google TalkBack – Version 5.2.0

Google TalkBack

What’s new in this version:

  • New Speech Verbosity setting for spoken feedback
  • New earcons
  • Hear feedback when you turn magnification on/off or zoom in/out
  • Hear character count in password fields in Chrome (56+)
  • Shorter delay before usage hints
  • Other fixes and improvements


Android Pay – Version 1.20.154

Android Pay

What’s new in this version:

  • You can now pay with a card other than your default. Just open the app and tap on the card right before you pay.
  • Bug fixes and improvements.


Super Mario Run – Version 2.1.0

Super Mario Run

What’s new in this version:

  • The maximum number of Toads that can live in your kingdom has increased to 99,999.
  • Player icon improvements. You can now display your customized Mii character from Miitomo to really show off your fashion sense! (Note: Miitomo is required to use this feature. Miitomo is not available in all countries/regions.)
  • You can now find friends from your Nintendo Account.
  • Google Play achievements have been implemented.
  • Other changes and improvements.


Spotify Music - Version

Spotify Music

What’s new in this version:

  • Behind the Lyrics takes the same annotations from Genius and bakes them directly into the Spotify app.


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BLU R1 Plus launching today with 5.5-inch screen and 4000mAh battery

The latest Android smartphone from BLU Products has arrived.

The BLU R1 Plus launched today as the follow-up to last year’s BLU R1 HD. The R1 Plus offers several upgrades over the R1 HD, including a larger 5.5-inch 1280×720 display (the R1 HD has a 5-inch display), 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (the R1 HD has 1GB/8GB and 2GB/16GB models), and a beefy 4000mAh battery (the R1 HD comes with a 2500mAh battery).

Also included with the BLU R1 Plus is a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash and 1080p video capture, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with flash and wide angle lens, and a MediaTek 6737 octa-core processor. The R1 Plus comes with Android 6.0, but BLU says that an update to Android 7.0 is in the works.

The BLU R1 Plus is a GSM unlocked smartphone, and it’s compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. Specifically, it includes GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, HSPA 850/1700/1900/2100MHz, and LTE bands 2/4/7/12/17. Also of note is that the R1 Plus includes support for T-Mobile VoLTE, but not Wi-Fi Calling.

The BLU R1 Plus is now available from Amazon for $159.99, but BLU does say that it’ll be available for $109.99 for 24 hours starting tomorrow, April 29. Best Buy lists the R1 Plus on its site, too, but the device appears to be out of stock as of this publication.

What do you think of BLU’s latest Android phone?

Source: Amazon

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Amazon reportedly working on an Echo with a built-in screen

Earlier this week, Amazon officially announced a brand new Echo device called the Echo Look, which features a camera to judge your wardrobe decisions. Now CNET reports that, based on information gathered from a person familiar with Amazon’s plans, that the Echo lineup will soon expand just a bit more.

The source says that Amazon could unveil an Echo device with a built-in screen as early as next month. The new device is apparently codenamed “Knight,” but details regarding the new gadget are still light at this point. However, it should be noted that this isn’t the first time that Amazon has been rumored to be working on this type of device, and reports have varied on whether it will be a touchscreen or not. This latest report does not clarify one way or the other.

It would be quite a surprise if that display wasn’t a touchscreen, though, right? Depending on the cost, would you buy an Echo device with a built-in display?

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HTC teases the squeezable U 11 in new video

Earlier this year, HTC launched the U Ultra, a big phone with a secondary display, but the company already has a new flagship handset coming down the pipe.

The HTC U 11 is the rumored name for the handset that HTC has confirmed will be unveiled on May 16. To keep folks interested, HTC has published a quick 30-second video to its YouTube channel that teases the upcoming squeezable handset.

The video is titled “HTC Squeeze the Brilliant U” and it shows about a half second of the edge of the upcoming phone in what appears to be an eye-catching blue shade. The entirety of the video is instead dedicated to watching a bunch of people’s hands squeeze things, like a shampoo bottle, food, and more.

The biggest feature of the rumored U 11 is called Edge Sense. With it, users will be able to squeeze their phone to launch apps, or slide a finger along the edge to navigate the software.

HTC says squeezing things is natural, and obviously all the things they show off should be squeezed, but it will be interesting to see if people find squeezing their smartphone just as natural as squeezing a lemon.

Check out the video below.

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Moto G4 Plus receives heavy discount at Amazon and B&H

If you’re in the market for an affordable new Android phone, there’s a sale now happening that you may want to check out.

Amazon and B&H Photo Video are now discounting the unlocked Moto G4 Plus. The 2GB/16GB model is now available for $159.99, which is $90 off of Amazon’s normal price and $70 off B&H’s regular price. Meanwhile, the 4GB/64GB version is being discounted by $70 at both retailers, leaving its price at $229.99.

As a refresher, the Moto G4 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display, octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB/4GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera with laser focus and phase detection autofocus, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3000mAh battery. The models come with 16GB or 64GB of built-in storage, but you can add a microSD slot if you’d like even more storage.

While the Moto G4 Plus was recently replaced by the Moto G5 Plus as the newest Moto G family member, the G4 Plus is still a solid device for the money. You can check out our review of the phone right here, and you can see the Moto G4 Plus at Amazon and B&H using the links below.

Sources: Amazon, B&H Photo Video

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Samsung updating Galaxy S8 with screen color adjustments in South Korea

Some Samsung Galaxy S8 devices have had issues with red tint on the display, and now the company has officially released an update to fix it. The update is currently rolling out in South Korea but will be pushed to other countries soon.

The update adds a setting for display color balance, which you can use to tune the color temperature to your preference. You can also adjust the screen edge color balance separately.

Hopefully the update automatically adjusted the display color temperature so that users won’t have to fix it themselves (which is a task not suited for many casual smartphone users).

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 6GB of RAM launching in Hong Kong

The US isn’t lucky enough to get the beefy Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but some markets are. Unfortunately, the devices in those markets are carrier-locked and thus can’t be imported to the less lucky markets for use.

Today Samsung announced that Samsung Pay is coming to Hong Kong, and in the process confirmed that an unlocked version of the upgraded Galaxy S8+ is coming there as well.

Since the device is unlocked, we’ll start seeing them being exported to other markets that have similar network bands. The device will launch on May 25, so if you really want one, start watching for it then!

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Google announces last security patch dates for Nexus and Pixel devices

We’ve long known when Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices will stop receiving Android version updates. While it sucks, the devices will remain functional. But most importantly, they will remain secure because Google will continue releasing security patches for them.

Today Google has announced when the last security patch will come to each of its current and past devices. This is when the device ceases being entirely secure. Though this is not a huge issue (keep in mind, most non-Google devices are not on the latest security patch anyway), it’s something to consider after owning your device for approximately three years that Google supports it.



While many devices on this list are already unsupported, this will give you a good idea of when it’s time to upgrade your device. Three years of support is not only above average, but pretty good as far as smartphone longevity goes. And if you recently picked up a Pixel, you still have over two years of support to go!

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Google Assistant SDK developer preview now available

Google Assistant has spread to many different Google products like newer Android phones, Android Wear 2.0 wearables, the Google Home, and more. But with the release of the Assistant SDK developer preview, it might soon come to many more.

The SDK will allow developers to integrate the Assistant into their own hardware as well as use it to interact with the user. The possibilities are endless, though we’ll likely be seeing simple devices like Bluetooth speakers or TVs with the tech first. But in the future, almost anything could run Assistant.

For more details and a good example, hit the source link. What product do you want to see get Google Assistant? Leave a comment!

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Gboard for Android adds new languages, new text editing mode

Google has updated the Gboard for Android app, adding support for new languages and new features.

First up, Gboard for Android has added support for 22 additional languages. Here’s the full list of new additions:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo (Devanagari, Bengali), Dogri (Devanagari, Arabic), Gujarati, Hindi (Devanagari, Hinglish), Kannada, Kashmiri (Devanagari, Arabic), Konkani (Devanagari, Latin), Maithili (Devanagari), Malayalam, Manipuri (Bengali), Marathi (Devanagari), Nepali (Devanagari), Odia, Punjabi (Gurmukhi, Arabic), Sanskrit (Devanagari), Santali (Ol chiki, Latin), Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic), Tamil, Telugu, Urdu (Arabic), Kinyarwanda, and Waray.

Google also notes that thanks to machine learning, Gboard for Android, now offers support for suggestions and glide typing in over 185 language varieties.

Gboard is also getting some new text input tools. The app now supports text editing with easily accessible buttons, which lets users quickly copy, paste, or cut text as they see fit. The buttons will also let users easily select text and move the cursor around. To access these new features, users just need to tap on the G logo or hit the arrow in the suggestion strip.

Another new feature of the update, which is rolling out now, is the ability to reposition and resize the keyboard. To do it, you’ll need to tap the G button or the arrow in the suggestion strip, select the More option (those three dots), then tap the one-handed mode button. From there you’ll be able to resize and reposition to your liking.

Are you using Gboard for Android?

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BlackBerry KEYone launches in the U.S. and Canada on May 31

Back in January we got the first look at the BlackBerry KEYone, the newest physical keyboard-equipped Android handset, which is manufactured by TCL Communication.

It wouldn’t be until February that we got all the proper details and specifications for the handset, which was expected to launch sometime in April when it was officially unveiled. The launch date was then pushed to May, and now we’ve got an exact release date for the KEYone.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available in the United States and Canada on May 31. In the U.S., buyers will be able to get an unlocked CDMA or GSM handset for $549. If you can wait a bit longer, the KEYone will be arriving on some U.S.-based carriers, including Sprint, sometime this Summer.

Meanwhile, in Canada, the KEYone will be available from SaskTel, Telus, Rogers, and Bell, and will cost $199 CAD on a two-year contract.

As a refresher, the BlackBerry KEYone will run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and feature a 4.5-inch 1620×1080 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera on the back with a Sony IMX378 sensor. We also know it will cost $549 whenever it launches.

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Google Trips updated with new features, including support for bus and train reservations

Summer is coming fast (at least in the northern hemisphere), which means that a lot of people will soon be taking trips. Luckily for those people, Google is adding new features to its Trips app to make travel easier.

Google Trips is being updated with several new features. For example, the app can now handle bus and travel reservations. All of your past and upcoming bus and travel reservations will now be organized right alongside your flight, hotel, car, and restaurant reservations.


The app will also let you manually add reservations. Simply tap the “+” sign in the bottom right corner of the Reservations tab and you can add a restaurant, car rental, hotel, or flight reservation. You can also add a free-form note if you’d like.

Another new feature is the ability to share reservations with others. Tap the arrow near the top of the Reservations screen and you can email all of your reservation info to someone else, like a travel buddy that doesn’t have Google Trips or a loved one who wants to know which flight you’ll be taking and which hotel you’ll be staying at. All of this info will be sent inside of an email and can also be seen by the recipient in Google Trips if they’ve got it.

If you’ve got the Google Trips app installed on your device, keep an eye out for these new features.


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Amazon announces Echo Look, an Echo with a camera that takes photos of your outfits

Usually, web-connected home cameras are used for surveillance and security. Amazon is taking a different approach, though, with its announcement of the Echo Look.

The Echo Look is an Echo with a camera. It acts like a regular Echo with Amazon Alexa built-in, but the biggest difference is the fashion-focused features the camera adds. You can take photos of your outfit every day, and the depth sensor allows you to blur the background and you can also enable a live view so you can see the back of your outfit. You can share photos of your outfit through a connected smartphone.

The smarter features of the camera include Smart Check, which uses machine learning to pick the best outfit that flatters you and matches current trends. It also keeps a log of your daily outfits so you can pick your favorites.

Whether this feature set is useful or important to people remains to be seen, as demonstrated by the many dislikes on the video. However, you can hit the source link and request an invite to buy one of these devices for yourself for $200.

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Google simplifies cooking with step-by-step recipes on Google Home

Google Home has proven to be a capable assistant, but the search giant is intent on constantly improving it. A key part of that improvement is utilizing relationships and partnerships to add new, unique functions. Partnerships have certainly enabled the latest feature on the Google Home, which is the ability to give step-by-step instructions for recipes.

To bring recipes to life, Google partnered with Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network, and more. Users can go to the Google Assistant or Google Search app and find a recipe. Upon selection, users can select the “Send to Google Home” button, which will save it to the device, regardless of whether you’re at home or not. Once ready to begin, users can say, “Ok Google, start cooking,” or “Ok Google, start recipe.”

Users can easily ask Google to repeat steps or jump to different steps in the recipe. Additionally, the other functions of Google Home won’t be hindered while cooking. Users can still play music, get the weather, ask for conversions, and more, while keeping the recipe going in the background.

The feature will roll out to users over the coming week, so it may be a few days before it hits your Google Home. Once you receive it, you can even have the Google Home find recipes for you by saying,”Ok Google, let’s cook _______.” When you’ve given the feature a try, report back and let us know how it is!

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