smart displays

Nest Hub Sunrise alarm, Weather Frog, Family Sticky Notes arrive

Nest Hub Sunrise alarm, Weather Frog, Family Sticky Notes arrive

Some might question the need or use of a smart display, just as many have questioned the sense of a smart speaker in the first place. Given how we almost always have our smartphones stuck to our hands, it almost feels redundant to have another display in the house. There are, of course, some things that are better or are only possible using smart displays, like these new features that are landing on the Nest Hub and other Google Assistant smart displays.

Continue Reading

FCC docs hint at new Nest Hub smart display from Google

FCC docs hint at new Nest Hub smart display from Google

It looks like Google may be gearing up to launch another smart display, possibly a Nest Hub model joining its existing Hub and Hub Max offerings. The hints surfaced in some FCC documents, which don't reveal exactly what we can expect but do drop enough indications to give us a pretty good idea about what Google is working on.

Continue Reading

Google Assistant smart displays reveal expanded realm of games

Google Assistant smart displays reveal expanded realm of games

Today the folks at Google revealed a set of new interactive games available for Google Assistant-enabled smart displays. This move should be well-appreciated by the smart display gift-receivers this holiday season, as well as those that've had smart display devices sitting on their countertop this year awaiting new projects and/or activities for the deep dark of winter.

Continue Reading

Google Smart Display update really ties the rooms together

Google Smart Display update really ties the rooms together

Google revealed a set of feature updates today for the Google Smart Display experience. This update comes to devices like the Lenovo Smart Display and Nest Hub, and will likely be the base UI for all official Google Smart Display units in the future. This new system sets all functionality in a series of five categories, including: Your Day, Home Control, Communicate, Discover, and Media.

Continue Reading

Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 pans and zooms to follow you

Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 pans and zooms to follow you

During its big product reveal event today, Amazon announced the Echo Show 10, which is unquestionably one of the biggest reveals of the show. The Echo Show 10 comes with a lot of new functionality, but users will have to pay a pretty penny to get it - while smaller Echo Shows can be had for around $100, the new Echo Show is going to set you back a whopping $249.99.

Continue Reading

Google Nest Hub in hotels promise a safe, hands-free stay

Google Nest Hub in hotels promise a safe, hands-free stay

One of the heaviest industries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the hospitality industry, with people avoiding or advised to avoid hotels and tourist spots as much as possible. Sooner or later, however, the need to stay at some lodging will be inevitable. If you're staying at a select number of hotels in the US and one in the UK, you can at least take some comfort that you'll be touch things less just to get some things done, including asking the front desk for some extra amenities.

Continue Reading

Facebook Portal is getting a lot more useful with third-party video calling apps

Facebook Portal is getting a lot more useful with third-party video calling apps

Facebook Portal is getting a little more useful, with the video calling screen adding a number of new third-party apps for those who use Zoom and other platforms. The new update sees Webex, GoToMeeting, and BlueJeans - along with Zoom - being added to Portal, broadening the smart display's usefulness in this time of working-from-home.

Continue Reading

Google Smart Display Zoom support could make homeschooling easier

Google Smart Display Zoom support could make homeschooling easier

Google Smart Displays are gaining Zoom support, with the ability to use the Assistant-powered screens to join video calls from the service. While that might once have only been of real use to businesses, the dramatic increase in working from home - as well as schools shifting to distance learning and homeschooling - means setting aside a Smart Display for Zoom calls could be significantly cheaper than buying a second laptop.

Continue Reading

Google Assistant Smart Displays can now play audiovisual games

Google Assistant Smart Displays can now play audiovisual games

They may look like tablets but they are definitely not as versatile as tablets. Smart displays, that breed of devices that slap a screen on a smart speaker, are mostly designed for giving visual feedback to otherwise spoken responses from a digital assistant, though some can indeed play videos or even be used for video calls. There's definitely a lot of room for expanding its capabilities while still sticking to its core philosophy. It turns out, that core philosophy is perfect for some games you can play with the family in the living room.

Continue Reading

Google Nest Hub and Hub Max smart displays get Netflix support

Google Nest Hub and Hub Max smart displays get Netflix support

Google's latest and greatest smart displays, the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, have received support for one of the biggest streaming services available: Netflix. With this new support, users can stream their favorite Netflix content directly on the smart display, making it easier to watch content while washing dishes, doing the laundry, or any other tasks that may take place near the device.

Continue Reading

Google Assistant features expand to Bose, Sonos, other smart speakers

Google Assistant features expand to Bose, Sonos, other smart speakers

Google Assistant is available on a wide variety of smart devices, not just those with Google's name on them. Unfortunately, the reality is that Google's own devices naturally get some preferential treatment in getting features before others. Sometimes those features never come but sometimes they do just take their time rolling out to others. Fortunately for owners of third-party smart speakers, that day is close and soon they'll be able to enjoy some of the latest features Google Assistant has to offer.

Continue Reading

This low-key Android 11 feature has big implications

This low-key Android 11 feature has big implications

There are two sorts of people that'll read this article: Those that think the Hinge Angle Sensor feature in Android 11 is interesting, and those that do not. This feature has big implications for the future of foldable devices. That's a term that refers specifically to devices with foldable displays - but Hinge Angle Sensor functionality in Android could have implications that expand well beyond this relatively category of devices. It's about the hinge!

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5