How To Install The Google Assistant Skill For Alexa (Summer 2018)

This skill enables Alexa to perform searches using the Google Search engine instead of Bing. It also provides full Google assistant functionality via your Amazon Echo as if you were speaking to Google Home.

This how to video tutorial to guide you through the process of installing the unofficial Google Assistant Skill for Alexa, it will take you through the process step by step in typical Paul Hibbert fashion.

The Google Assistant Skill was created by the Amazing Ross (Tartan Guru) all credit to him, see the bottom of this description for ways to say thank you.

If you have installed the Google Assistant skill previously then there is no need to follow this tutorial! The tutorial has been re-created because Amazon changed their interface so much that it ruined my previous tutorials.

LINKS (THESE ARE LINKS, VISIT THEM WHEN THE VIDEO TELLS YOU TO DO SO)
Link 1:

Amazon Dev portal
Link 2:

Google Cloud Console
Link 3: Google Dev API

Link 4:

Amazon AWS
Link 5:

Amazon S3 console
Link 6:

Google Activity controls
Link 7:

Alexa portal
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CODES (THESE ARE CODES, COPY THEM AND PASTE THEM WHEN THE VIDEO TELLS YOU TO.

Code1:
{
“interactionModel”: {
“languageModel”: {
“invocationName”: “google”,
“intents”: [
{
“name”: “AMAZON.NavigateSettingsIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.MoreIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.PageDownIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.PageUpIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.ScrollRightIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.ScrollDownIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.ScrollLeftIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.ScrollUpIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.HelpIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.NextIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.PreviousIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.StopIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.CancelIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “SearchIntent”,
“slots”: [
{
“name”: “search”,
“type”: “SEARCH”
}
],
“samples”: [
“{search}”
]
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.NavigateHomeIntent”,
“samples”: []
}
],
“types”: [
{
“name”: “SEARCH”,
“values”: [
{
“name”: {
“value”: “who is the queen”
}
},
{
“name”: {
“value”: “why is the sky blue”
}
}
]
}
]
}
}
}

THE BELOW CODES ARE NOT WEBSITES!! IF YOU OPEN THEM THE PAGE WILL BE NONSENSE) JUST COPY THEM INTO THE SAME PLACES AS IN THE VIDEO OPENING THEM WILL ONLY LEAD TO CONFUSION:
Code 2:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/googleassistantskillcloudformationbucket/cloudformation.json
Code 3:

https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/auth?access_type=offline
Code 4:

https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/token
Code 5:

https://www.googleapis.com/auth/assistant-sdk-prototype
Code 6:

https://www.googleapis.com/auth/script.external_req

THIS SKILL IS FREE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK
Ross and I would like you to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Society
UK: https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/donate/single-donation/
US: http://www.npcf.us/donate/

SUPPORT MY CHANNEL
Donate to the channel: http://paypal.me/PaulHibbert
Become a monthly contributor on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/paulhibbert
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The skill will default to US English and the Google Assistant will think you live in either West Virginia or Dublin depending on which AWS region you used

To change the language to another language and set your location you will need to have the very latest version of Google Assistant installed on your iOS or Android phone.

Using the Google Assistant App on your phone/tablet follow these instructions to set the language to German (the skill will be listed as “Alexa Assistant v1” in the devices section of settings):

https://developers.google.com/assistant/sdk/guides/assistant-settings

You will probably want to turn on the personal results option in the Assistant App as well
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Buy an Echo:
UK: https://amzn.to/2Lpoy1Q
US: https://amzn.to/2LhsXXO
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WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS!
https://github.com/tartanguru/alexa-assistant-instructions/blob/master/fresh_install.md
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By buying through any of the links above you will help support my channel (Paul Hibbert) as I will earn commission at no extra cost to you 🙂

 

Is a £160 phone better than an S7 edge?

I spent 2 weeks with the indestructible E&L W9 to find out if having a top end phone is really worth it.

Can I survive 2 weeks with a £160 phone with my beloved s7 edge sat in a drawer?

Links:
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Buy an S7 edge here: http://amzn.to/2zf83Dk

By buying through any of the links above you will help support my channel (Paul Hibbert) as I will earn commission at no extra cost to you 🙂
Now for a sob story…

I’m hoping to start making some money by doing what I love, which is this! If my video has helped you and you’re feeling super generous then you can donate here: http://paypal.me/PaulHibbert, otherwise I guess it’ll be back to the call centres for me.

Much love,

-P

Vobot Alexa powered Clock review and unboxing

An unboxing and review of the Alexa powered Vobot Alarm clock.

At time of writing the app is buggy and doesn’t give you a wifi password screen to sync it to your wifi network and unfortunately for me I tried everything, including using a browser on my laptop before finally returning to my Android and using the browser there.

If you can’t connect Vobot to your Wifi network then do the following…
Power up the Vobot until it is fully booted
Open Google Chrome on your android device and visit myvobot.com.
Follow the instructions the same as you did in the app.
This time it will work instead of making you want to launch it into space.

Links:
Vobot: http://amzn.to/2yOiAAV
Broadlink RM pro: http://amzn.to/2fBFyrg
Buy an Echo dot here: https://goo.gl/9C2fG1
Buy compatible RF plug sockets here: http://amzn.to/2ftUeoJ
Buy a compatible RF dimmer here: http://amzn.to/2fBKlZD

By buying through any of the links above you will help support my channel (Paul Hibbert)

Now for a sob story…

I’m hoping to start making some money by doing what I love, which is this! If my video has helped you and you’re feeling super generous then you can donate or become a monthly contributor here:
One off payments: https://www.paypal.me/PaulHibbert
Monthly contributions: https://www.patreon.com/paulhibbert

Much love,

-P

£40 Dash cam review, spoiler alert, it’s awesome

About:
This dash cam is well worth twice its £40 price tag. All the features of a premium camera for half the cost. Mr. Road dash cam ticks all the boxes. HDR/WDR, full 1080p, parking motion sense monitoring, night vision, the works!Links:UK: http://amzn.to/2rD9nMS
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France: http://amazon.fr/dp/B06XXG2ZRS/?tag=paulhibbertco-21
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Global link: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/General-Car-DVR-WiFi-APP-Mini-Hidden-Full-HD-1080P-Novatek-96655-SONY322-2-1inch-LCD/1958659_32804935217.html?spm=2114.12010608.0.0.ytbXVu

Alexa (Echo dot): http://amzn.to/2rDSvV0

By buying through any of the links above you will help support my channel (Paul Hibbert)

Google Home skill for Alexa

About:
This is a tutorial on how to create the Alexa Google home skill from https://github.com/tartanguru/alexa-assistant

Easily the best skill yet!
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What can’t it do?:
Alarms and timers. Use Alexa for these.
Device location. If you have a Home address set in your google account then it will use that as a default
Playing music, news, or podcasts is not supported.
Account linking for third party services requires owning a Google Home and installing the Google Home application. This affects using services like Uber, or connecting to home automation devices like Hue.
Multiple Users are not supported – it will only use the Google account linked through the Alexa app
Asking Google Assistant to change volume. You will need to ask Alexa directly.
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Does it cost anything?:
This skill uses chargable services on Amazon Web Services – although these should be free for the first 12 months of use if you are a new user of AWS. Otherwise the costs will be approx $5.20 per year based upon 1000 calls to the skill a month.
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Privacy:
You will need to give Google Assistant access to the following features on your Google account. If you do not give access to these then the skill will not work (This is a Google policy not mine). If you are concerned about privacy, then you could use a new google account just for this skill and not login using this account elsewhere

Web & App Activity
Location History
Device Information
Voice & Audio Activity
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A note about shopping lists:

Shopping lists are supported – you will need to use the Google Express app to see them, or if you are not in the US or don’t want to use the app then you can access the shopping list here: – https://www.google.com/express/shoppinglist/
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Links and code:

Link 1:
https://www.random.org/strings/?num=1&len=20&digits=on&loweralpha=on&unique=on&format=html&rnd=new.

Link 2:
https://console.developers.google.com/apis/api/embeddedassistant.googleapis.com/overview

Link 3:
https://myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols

Code 1:
{
“Version”: “2012-10-17”,
“Statement”: [
{
“Effect”: “Allow”,
“Action”: [
“logs:CreateLogGroup”,
“logs:CreateLogStream”,
“logs:PutLogEvents”
],
“Resource”: [
“arn:aws:logs:*:*:*”,
“arn:aws:lambda:*:*:*”
]
},
{
“Effect”: “Allow”,
“Action”: [
“polly:SynthesizeSpeech”
],
“Resource”: [
“*”
]
},
{
“Effect”: “Allow”,
“Action”: “s3:*”,
“Resource”: “*”
},
{
“Effect”: “Allow”,
“Action”: “dynamodb:*”,
“Resource”: “*”
}
]
}

Code 2:
{
“intents”: [
{
“intent”: “AMAZON.StopIntent”
},
{
“intent”: “AMAZON.CancelIntent”
},
{
“slots”: [
{
“name”: “search”,
“type”: “SEARCH”
}
],
“intent”: “SearchIntent”
}
]
}

Code 3:
https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/auth?access_type=offline

Code 4:
https://www.googleapis.com/auth/assistant-sdk-prototype

Code 5:
https://www.googleapis.com/auth/script.external_request

Code 6:
https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/token

Code 7:
https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Excited man child plays Robo Recall VR for the first time

About:
VR finally lives up to the hype. Robo Recall game play is mindblowing. This is the best virtual reality experience yet.

Is the Oculus Rift worth £600? It is now.
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There’s no pressure to donate anything at all, but if I’ve helped you and you’re feeling generous then your kindness is welcome.

You can Paypal me a one off thank you, or if you’re feeling super generous and want to support me regularly you can become a Patron.
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