smart displays

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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Honor Vision smart TV revealed: HarmonyOS and AI pop-up camera

Honor Vision smart TV revealed: HarmonyOS and AI pop-up camera

During the Huawei Developer Conference in China on Saturday, Huawei Technologies brand Honor introduced Honor Vision, a smart TV that will be the first device to run Huawei's newly unveiled HarmonyOS. Honor Vision is Honor's first smart display and it'll arrive packing Huawei's Honghu 818 Intelligent Display Chipset and the maker's AI Camera NPU chipset.

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Honor Smart TV features an odd popup camera

Honor Smart TV features an odd popup camera

Honor is probably known for two things in the smartphone world. First, it is a known Huawei sub-brand. Second, it sells smartphones like crazy thanks to affordable prices that, ironically, rival its parent company. That may no longer be enough for Honor, though, and it is now jumping on the smart TV scene. But it isn't just presenting a simple and straightforward smart TV though. Almost mirroring its smartphones, Huawei's "Smart Screen" will be touting features such as an AI-empowered processor and even a popup camera.

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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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