smart displays

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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Google Assistant is bringing even more smarts to your pocket, homes

Google Assistant is bringing even more smarts to your pocket, homes

For the past two years or so, Google’s events have revolved around the themes of AI and, in ways consumers can understand, Google Assistant. The recent Made by Google event, a.k.a. Pixel event, was no different. Yes, Google brought out a couple of new devices and bundles, but the one thing that connects them all together isn’t Android, much less Chrome OS. Yes, it’s Google Assistant. And guess what? Google didn’t have time to say everything it wanted to. So here are some of the things that are still coming in next weeks and months that aim to make your devices smarter so that you can be too.

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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 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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Facebook Portal video chat device launching next week

Facebook Portal video chat device launching next week

Facebook’s smart speaker may still be MIA but if this latest insider leak is true, it will skip that product entirely. Instead, it will jump directly into the smart display market with a product that, according to sources, will be called “Portal”. The company delayed the product’s debut and incorporated one unplanned privacy feature due to recent scandals, but it remains to be seen whether a device dedicated mostly to video chat will actually sell despite or in spite of Facebook’s brand.

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ARCHOS Hello 5, 7, 10 bring full Android to smart displays

ARCHOS Hello 5, 7, 10 bring full Android to smart displays

Google has been pushing its Assistant to all sorts of products and services and its latest campaign involves a new breed of Smart Displays from Lenovo, JBL, and LG, among others. With the Amazon Echo Show leading the way, a new market might be on the verge of booming. Not one to let an opportunity pass, ARCHOS has unveiled not one, not even two but three Hello smart displays. The catch is that, while they do support Google Assistant, they’re doing so by running a full Android OS inside.

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LG XBOOM team adds portable Bluetooth, ThinQ smart speakers

LG XBOOM team adds portable Bluetooth, ThinQ smart speakers

LG is perhaps best known for smartphones, TVs, and a few home appliances. It might not exactly be that popular for speakers. It has been trying to turn that around, with partnerships with Bang & Olufsen for smartphone headphones and Meridian for its bigger audio products. At IFA 2018, it will be making some noise, literally too, with its expanded and slightly rebranded lineup of XBOOM speakers, some of which you might have already seen, or rather heard of, before.

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Google Assistant, Google News work together to fight FOMO

Google Assistant, Google News work together to fight FOMO

These days it’s almost too easy for anyone to get the latest updates from social media and news sites at their fingertips. But, sometimes, those fingers might be busy with something else just when you’re dying to find out the hottest news on your favorite tech craving. Furthering the age of voice, Google is pushing out a new update that ties together its newly revamped Google News with the ever so helpful Google Assistant so that all you need to say is “Hey Google” and you’ll never have to fear missing out on the important stuff in life.

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