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Google's smart speakers can now answer incoming phone calls, but probably not where you live

Google's smart speakers can now answer incoming phone calls, but probably not where you live

Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers have been able to make calls for a while now in countries like Australia, Canada, and the US. But the functionality was limited to outbound calls placed from the speaker itself. Now it looks like inbound call support is coming to Google's smart home products, but only on a single carrier in Australia.

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Routines powered by 'presence sensing' are now widely available in the Google Home app

Routines powered by 'presence sensing' are now widely available in the Google Home app

The Google Home app is core to how you control and interact with dozens of different devices, so it's understandably one of Google's most feature-packed applications. It only got more interesting with version 2.28, as the new update hinted at the rebranding of Android TV, as well as adding some new features surrounding routines and home presence-sensing that were teased earlier this year. Now it seems like the new Home/Away routines powered by presence sensing are available to most users.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Fall 2020)

The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Fall 2020)

Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.

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Google's $99 Nest Audio is official and available for pre-order right now

Google's $99 Nest Audio is official and available for pre-order right now

Like practically everything else at today's Launch Night In event, Google's new speaker, the Nest Audio, was leaked extremely thoroughly. We learned the name early and we had a good idea of the $99 price tag weeks ago. It's turned up in stores, and it even got an early unboxing. But now, finally, it's official.

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Routines are replacing Nest Home/Away Assist, but it's a little confusing

Routines are replacing Nest Home/Away Assist, but it's a little confusing

Earlier this month, an update to the Google Home app revealed a new presence sensing feature in the works, along with a revamped setup process for Home/Away routines. Now new information on the changes has hit online support documentation, giving us more details on what to expect as Google pushes customers away from the Nest app and toward Google Home.

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Google's upcoming Nest Audio speakers should cost less than $100

Google's upcoming Nest Audio speakers should cost less than $100

Google is poised to launch its new lineup of smart home products on September 30, and one of the new additions will be a smart speaker branded under the Nest Audio name. Earlier this summer we heard rumors about a premium Google Home successor and got an early, unflattering look when the device passed through the FCC. Google gifted us a video last month, and just a few days ago, the branding for the speaker was uncovered. Now we've got official product photos and some exclusive details to share.

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Ringing alarms and timers on a Google Nest speaker can now be stopped from another room

Ringing alarms and timers on a Google Nest speaker can now be stopped from another room

Stop me if you think you've heard this one before. You set up a cooking timer on your Nest speaker or display in the kitchen, then go chill in the living room or the bedroom. When the timer rings, it just doesn't stop until you move your ass over to the kitchen and talk to that particular speaker, because yelling "stop" to the other Assistant units littered around your house doesn't do anything. We've complained about this for years, but the problem should finally be far behind us as Google is rolling out timer and alarm control across the entire house.

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Google's new smart speakers will get Nest Audio branding

Google's new smart speakers will get Nest Audio branding

Google's next smart speaker has been in the works for a while now — we even have it on video. A teardown of the latest Google Home app has revealed one more new detail about the upcoming replacement for the original Google Home — and it's another step in the plan of moving Google Home products under Nest's wing.

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Never worry about watering the lawn again with Rachio's 8-Zone smart sprinkler system — just $80 on Woot today

Never worry about watering the lawn again with Rachio's 8-Zone smart sprinkler system — just $80 on Woot today

We'd like to think Mother Nature can take care of our lawns just fine on her own, but unfortunately, that's not true in most locations. Luckily, you can be your own Mother Nature with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. Once connected to your existing setup, you'll be able to schedule waterings optimized for your lawn that help save water and money. Today on Woot, you can grab a factory reconditioned 2nd generation unit for just $79.99.

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New Google Nest speaker tipped to launch end of August for around $100-120

New Google Nest speaker tipped to launch end of August for around $100-120

Following those previous leaks, Google has taken a page out of its own book and shown us a glimpse of "what the Nest team is working on from home." The images (and video!) clearly depict the upcoming Nest Speaker, confirming the overall design we saw earlier today.

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