smart displays

Google Nest Hub ultrasound sensing will make reminders readable from a distance

Google Nest Hub ultrasound sensing will make reminders readable from a distance

Smart displays are great at showing information like the weather, schedules, recipes, or even just the time. Unlike clocks, however, these were primarily designed to be used up close and personal, making it harder to actually make out what's on the screen at a distance. That's no problem for people with better eyesight or more agile limbs but the Google Nest Hub flops in the accessibility department because of this. That's why Google has developed a new system that makes use of ultrasonic sensors to change what's on the screen depending on whether someone's near or far away.

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I’ve given smart speakers as gifts before – I won’t do it again

I’ve given smart speakers as gifts before – I won’t do it again

Black Friday is coming but the holiday shopping season isn't waiting for its traditional kick-off, though while tech deals may be everywhere you look, there are some gadgets I won't be putting into my cart. Smart speakers and, more recently, smart displays have become a go-to gift for many over the past few years, but in 2019 they may not be quite so warmly received.

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Echo Show 8 adds 3rd smart display with Alexa Food Network tie-in

Echo Show 8 adds 3rd smart display with Alexa Food Network tie-in

Amazon already has a few smart displays in its line-up, but Alexa is getting another screen to play with in the shape of the Echo Show 8. An 8-inch version of the existing Echo Show 5, it enlarges the Alexa smart display but keeps its privacy features, and arrives as Alexa gets a big new integration with the Food Network.

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Portal TV heads up Facebook’s new smart screen lineup

Portal TV heads up Facebook’s new smart screen lineup

Facebook has announced a big refresh for its Portal lineup, today announcing three new devices for the family of devices. The first is a device with a 10-inch display that's taking up the standard "Portal" moniker. It's joined by the 8-inch Portal Mini and a new device called the Portal TV.

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Facebook Portal TV add-on rumors hint at a strategy shake-up

Facebook Portal TV add-on rumors hint at a strategy shake-up

Facebook isn't giving up on Portal, with the social network reportedly readying a Portal TV device for the holidays that would expand its controversial hardware into greater content consumption, potentially in the hope of bypassing skepticism around how trustworthy the company is. Launched last year, Facebook Portal is a pair of video calling smart displays, which was debuted right in the midst of a privacy crisis.

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Google Nest Hub Max Review: The Assistant will see you now

Google Nest Hub Max Review: The Assistant will see you now

The Nest Hub Max isn't just a larger smart display, it's Google's first where the Assistant can see you, too. If the original Nest Hub was a connected digital photo frame that just so happened to have Assistant smarts baked in, the Nest Hub Max builds on that with a bigger screen, better audio, video calling, gesture control, and - most controversially - facial recognition. Then again, it also comes with a significantly bigger, $229 price tag.

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OnePlus TV remote looks very, very familiar

OnePlus TV remote looks very, very familiar

Some manufacturers and designers are only now trying to aim for minimalist designs but Apple has long been touting minimalism for ages. So much so that almost every attempt at adopting such design would inevitably be compared to Apple. Sometimes that is warranted, sometimes it's quite a stretch. Whether by design or by accident, the OnePlus TV's newly revealed remote will suffer the same fate and, from the looks of it, could also suffer from Apple's missteps plus some of its own.

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Lenovo Smart Tab M8, Yoga Smart Tab and Smart Display 7 pack Google Assistant

Lenovo Smart Tab M8, Yoga Smart Tab and Smart Display 7 pack Google Assistant

Smart speakers are great, but smart displays have more to offer, giving users access to the best of personal assistants combined with video calls, web browsing, viewing images, and more. Lenovo is back with three new smart display options, one with the expected flat-surface form factor, the other two featuring a traditional tablet design with unique twists.

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OnePlus TV to use Android TV for a Fast & Smooth experience

OnePlus TV to use Android TV for a Fast & Smooth experience

It's really no secret by now that OnePlus has decided to go with Android TV for its first smart TV product. CEO Pete Lau has confirmed as much in unofficial interviews and statements. Now, however, the company that Never Settles is not only making it official that the OnePlus TV will indeed be based on Android TV. Lau is also giving fans and curious onlookers the rationale behind using what may be a rather controversial choice for a smart TV platform.

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OnePlus TV specs and Android TV ambition revealed

OnePlus TV specs and Android TV ambition revealed

It was definitely surprising, if not puzzling, that OnePlus would jump onto the smart TV segment. Especially when even its own fans think the company has still much work to do, without messing up its image with questionable marketing stunts. At the same time, it might also be the perfect opportunity for OnePlus to prove it isn't a one-trick pony, especially at a time when the smartphone market is said to be slowing down. Given its specs and some details from the company's CEO himself, it does seem that OnePlus TV is just the beginning of a bigger, grander OnePlus vision.

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Lenovo Smart Clock has become a better Google Nest Hub rival

Lenovo Smart Clock has become a better Google Nest Hub rival

When Lenovo launched its Smart Clock early this year, it almost seemed like a perfect and more affordable alternative to Google's own Hub, now Nest Hub, smart screen. In reality, it was just a few steps shy of achieving that distinction, lacking the last few features that would indeed make it a worthy contender. Those features have finally landed courtesy of Google and the $79 clock with Google Assistant is now worth more than its selling price.

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OnePlus TV is real and coming soon but its logo is the first to arrive

OnePlus TV is real and coming soon but its logo is the first to arrive

It seems the trend among smartphone makers is to try their hands at expanding their screens and expanding into the smart TV market. Huawei subsidiary Honor has just revealed its Honor Vision and, not to be outdone, OnePlus is about to do the same. It has now practically confirmed the existence of its first TV products but, without actually divulging anything, it is taking time, a lot of time, to talk about its name and its logo.

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