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Google Home app updated in time for stronger smart home push

Google Home app updated in time for stronger smart home push

Google’s launch of the Home Hub smart display isn’t just a one-off product launch. It’s actually a cog in a machine that’s now starting to swing into full gear. That machine is Google’s Connected Home, a.k.a. smart home, thrust and it is the unspoken underlying theme of Google’s event earlier today. Because what better than a new Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL phone to run the updated Google Home app that will put you in touch with over 10,000 connected devices in your home.

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Google Home Hub: The fine print

Google Home Hub: The fine print

Today we're getting up close and personal with the just-revealed Google Home Hub. This device is effectively a touchscreen display with speakers and a mic and front-facing camera made to work with Google Assistant. It's a Google Home device with a touchscreen display. Now that we've got ALL the details, let's run through the little interesting tidbits we've not yet covered.

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Google Home Hub official: Release date, price, details

Google Home Hub official: Release date, price, details

Just as the various leaks and rumors foretold, Google took the stage at its Pixel 3 event today and announced the Google Home Hub. The latest addition to the Google Home family, the Google Home Hub is a smart speaker outfitted with a display, and it's meant to go toe-to-toe with Amazon's Echo Show and Facebook's Portal, which was only revealed yesterday.

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Google Home Mini gets a new color for its first birthday

Google Home Mini gets a new color for its first birthday

It's been almost a year since Google launched the Google Home Mini as an entry-level option for its smart speaker lineup. In time for its first birthday, Google has decided to launch the tiny speaker in a new color. This will be the first new color Google has launched since the Home Mini was released, so if the current color lineup isn't something that really catches your fancy, it might be worth waiting for this new variant to release later this month.

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Google Home Hub poses for a family picture, shows a new skill

Google Home Hub poses for a family picture, shows a new skill

Google loves having a family of devices. Android, its biggest family, has smartphones, TVs, watches, and an occasional tablet and car dash. Chrome has, of course, browsers but also Chromebook and Chromeboxes. The youngest branch of the Google family is the line of smart speakers, all with the same “Home” brand. Come next month, that family will welcome its newest member, and it might be the oddball that every family is said to have.

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Google Home Hub leak shows Charcoal color, side view

Google Home Hub leak shows Charcoal color, side view

The Pixel 3 might not be the only thing Google will unveil in two weeks. Though it will probably give it less stage time, the Google Home Hub is bound to capture as much interest as the new smartphones, especially considering how little we still know about it. It is part of the Google Home smart speaker family, of course, but it might not look like that based on the first leaks. Worry not, however, because a new leak corrects that, presenting the smart display an iconic charcoal color.

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Pixel 3 Pixel Stand leaked in official rendering

Pixel 3 Pixel Stand leaked in official rendering

This morning the real-deal Pixel Stand (model G019C) was leaked in a single massive photo. This is likely the device Google will use to show off its new desktop-based Google Assistant finesse, and it's coming in white with an orange bottom. The bottom looks like it's sorta rubbery, and the plug (USB-C) connects through the back and under the bottom.

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Google Home Hub leaked: The new do-all screen

Google Home Hub leaked: The new do-all screen

The Google Pixel 3 event on October 9th will likely bring a new Google Home Hub smart screen as well. Today a leak revealed the new device, "Google Home Hub," complete with a touchscreen and Google Assistant interface. This device will apparently allow the user to "see your life in one view, and get things done hands-free." The description of the device suggests that you'll be able to "make the most of moments at home."

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Google Home adds Pandora Premium, Deezer to its DJ team

Google Home adds Pandora Premium, Deezer to its DJ team

A connected speaker, smart or not, is only as good as the number of things you can stream through it. In some cases, owners are limited to an OEMs own music service. Google, however, opts for giving users choice. That choice expands today with the addition of two more services, letting users access Pandora and Deezer on their Google Assistant devices. Provided they have a premium subscription to those services, of course.

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Google Home scheduled routines are finally here

Google Home scheduled routines are finally here

Smart assistants are supposed to be smart at helping us be more productive but they have so far fallen short of that. They have not yet reached a point where we can trust them with our schedules, appointments, and routines, secure in the knowledge that they will take action at the right time. Google Assistant has taken one step closer to that goal with the rollout of scheduled routines for Google Home. That is if you’re lucky to live in the US.

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5 Ways Lenovo Smart Display is unique

5 Ways Lenovo Smart Display is unique

Lenovo Smart Display is a product looking for a market - just like the Amazon Echo Show. It rolls with the Google Assistant voice search and assistant service, and it has a big 10-inch display to deliver all the visual delights the user could ask for. But what's the big deal here? Why would someone want something like this when they didn't know it existed yesterday?

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Google Store summer sale serves up Pixel 2 XL, Home discounts

Google Store summer sale serves up Pixel 2 XL, Home discounts

Ready for another summer sale? Google has kicked off one of its own over at the Google Store, dropping prices on a number of devices. It hasn't quite discounted everything, but there are some decent deals to be found nevertheless, especially if you've been thinking of picking up one of the company's various Home smart speakers or the Pixel 2 XL.

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