smart displays

Lenovo Smart Clock Review: Google Assistant for the bedroom

Lenovo Smart Clock Review: Google Assistant for the bedroom

The Lenovo Smart Clock is undoubtedly the cutest smart display out there, but it takes more than soft-touch charm to earn a spot on the nightstand. The $79 addition to the company's smart display range is now the cheapest way to get the Google Assistant with a touchscreen, but it's actually an unexpectedly different experience in use than, say, a Google Nest Hub.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 is a $90 Alexa smart display with privacy in mind

Amazon Echo Show 5 is a $90 Alexa smart display with privacy in mind

Amazon has added a new smart display to its Alexa-powered range, with the Amazon Echo Show 5 arriving at $89.99. The new model has a 5.5-inch touchscreen with a camera above it; in a nod to privacy, there's both a button to disable the microphone and camera and stop Alexa from listening, and a switch that slides a physical shutter over the camera.

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Google Nest Home Hub 10″ smart display adds camera: Pricing and release

Google Nest Home Hub 10″ smart display adds camera: Pricing and release

Google has a new smart display, the Nest Hub Max, a bigger, camera-enabled sibling to the renamed Google Home Hub, which is now the Nest Hub. The new Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch touchscreen now, focused on multi-user households, as well as the option of face recognition so that individual people see the information that's most relevant to them.

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Pixel 3a, Nest Hub Max outed by Google Store and we’re simply shocked

Pixel 3a, Nest Hub Max outed by Google Store and we’re simply shocked

Late last week, listings for what are probably the Pixel 3a and 3a XL appeared on the Google Play Developer Console. As those listings are meant for app developers to learn about specifications for devices they don't physically have on-hand, they more or less confirmed that Google is indeed plotting a pair of mid-range Pixel 3 phones. Apparently not satisfied with just one unfortunate leak, Google has leaked the phones again, this time through its online store.

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Google Assistant Continued Conversations finally coming to smart displays

Google Assistant Continued Conversations finally coming to smart displays

Those of you who own a smart display like the Lenovo Smart Display or the Google Home Hub might notice a change in Google Assistant over the new few days. Google has confirmed that the Assistant's Continued Conversations feature is beginning to roll out to smart displays in the US, and it sounds like it won't be long until every smart display has it.

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Android Things to become an OEM platform for smart speakers, smart displays

Android Things to become an OEM platform for smart speakers, smart displays

Google has had quite a few Android-related experiments, but not all are as widely-used as Android for phones or even Wear OS, formerly Android Wear, are. Although Google is not ready to abandon them yet, it sometimes "refocuses" on what they're all about. Case in point is Android Things, which is essentially Android for the Internet of Things. While it will still touch a bit on that market, Google is now turning the platform into a playground for OEMs, specifically those making smart speakers and smart displays.

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Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant to your bedside

Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant to your bedside

Smart speakers have gone beyond simply being speakers. It was really only a matter of time before many realized they actually also wanted to see what’s going on rather than just hear about it. But not everyone may want a large display that may or may not be watching them all the time. That’s where a new class of “smart clocks” come in. Like the new Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant, a smart touch screen device you keep by your bed to somewhat ironically help you get better sleep.

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ARCHOS Mate puts Amazon Alexa front and center

ARCHOS Mate puts Amazon Alexa front and center

With Apple staying clear of the fight, the nascent smart display market has been yet again a two-horse race. On the one side, you have Google with its own Home Hub as well as third-party Google Assistant displays. On the other is Amazon which, admittedly, has fewer third-party allies to back up its Echo Show. That roster, however, is growing and the latest to join that fray is, surprisingly, French manufacturer ARCHOS with its upcoming Mate “smart home bridges” with displays of their own.

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Facebook Portal adds browser and new apps to video call display

Facebook Portal adds browser and new apps to video call display

Facebook's Portal video chat smart display is getting a big software update, adding a web browser, new games, and extra content. The pair of touchscreen-fronted video calling hubs launched earlier this year to mixed reviews, with concerns about functionality combined with lingering suspicion about Facebook's privacy credentials.

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Mobile Holiday Gift Guide: keeping inner geeks happy

Mobile Holiday Gift Guide: keeping inner geeks happy

It’s that time of the year again when companies and retailers are only too happy to free you from the burden of having too much money. It’s also the time when tech lovers of all kinds go crazy trying to decide what tech gift to give their loved ones or even themselves. If you’re the type to go for more the more portable kind of devices, this short list of the what’s what in the mobile market can hopefully help prevent short-circuiting your brain from the nearly endless number of choices available.

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LG XBOOM WK9 smart display may finally be ready to launch

LG XBOOM WK9 smart display may finally be ready to launch

Throughout the year, we've seen a handful of manufacturers announcing smart displays that use Google Assistant. LG may finally be ready to join that select group of hardware makers, as it seems to be gearing up to launch the XBOOM AI ThinQ model WK9 smart display. As you might be able to tell from the name and the fact that this smart display is flanked by two rather large speakers, sound quality is one of the primary focuses in the WK9.

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This Lenovo Smart Display deal is a half-price surprise

This Lenovo Smart Display deal is a half-price surprise

Black Friday isn't quite here, but the deals are already showing up, and if you're in the market for a Lenovo Smart Display then you're in luck. The Google Assistant powered smart display launched back in May, but the 8-inch model is already seeing a better than half price discount as part of one pre-Black Friday sale.

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