Target partners with Google for voice shopping through Google Express

Google Home Mini completely loses top touch function

Target partners with Google for voice shopping through Google Express

He noticed the bug because the device would flash its lights even if he hadn't issued the OK Google command.

Target is leaping onto voice-activated shopping by deepening its relation with Google, and offering over thousands of items that are found in the store except any biodegradable items like; fruit and milk. Voice shopping on Target will also expand to smartphones going forward, as Google confirmed.

Target was piloting the Google Express integration in California and NY, so today's announcement marks a nationwide expansion of the program, minus Alaska and Hawaii.

Preventing "long-press to talk" on all Mini devices is a short-term solution, but it seems to have come swiftly from Google.

Purchases from Target made over Google Express include free two-day delivery for orders over $35.

Unlike many other retailers, Target is coming up with many shopping options.

Connected speakers are becoming a big thing nowadays, and Amazon, Google, and Apple (well, soon) are at the forefront of the new trend. It will also offer them the benefit of 5% discount off most the purchasing done. This past summer, for example, the Minneapolis discounter began expanding its next-day essentials delivery service that it was testing to the Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C./Baltimore areas.

"We're excited to offer this service nationwide in time for the busy holiday season", Mike McNamara, Target's chief information and digital officer, said in a statement Thursday.

The search - part of Target's deal with Google - follows a similar announcement by Pinterest regarding a deal in which the two companies will focus on developing products and services related to visual search.

Amazon Echo and the smaller Echo DotAmazonAmazon got a head start on everyone else in Silicon Valley with the Echo, a voice-controlled speaker that's extremely quick to respond and can help you set timers, check the weather, get the news, and so much more - all hands-free. Google wants to cut in on the online retailer's smart assistant business while traditional retailers want to take back some of the ground it lost to Amazon. According to Forrester Research, 12 percent of shoppers own some voice device like Echo or Google Home.

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