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How to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, or other Google Assistant speaker

Smart speakers and smart displays are still relatively-new types of devices, and since many of them don't have a screen, it's not always obvious how to do certain tasks. That includes performing a factory reset, which involves different steps on Google's smart speakers/displays and third-party Assistant devices.

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Google Store's Black Friday deals are live: $29 Nest Mini, $299 Pixel 3a, $199 Home Max, more

After teasing them last week, Google has made its Black Friday deals live on the Store. These aren't Google's first discounts for the shopping holiday though, as the company already started with the $200 off Pixel 4 and $350 off Pixel Slate with free keyboard and pen. Those offers are still available, but we have lots of new additions today.

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You can now ask your Google home speakers to play recommended Spotify tracks

Google Home and Assistant already offer plenty of music-related commands that let you play any track, artist, album, or playlist you want. But if you have nothing in particular in mind, the options become a lot more limited. You can say "play some music," which usually continues where you last left off, though that's not conductive to discovery. With some new commands, you'll be able to trust Spotify to play recommended tracks for you without having to continue or choose anything.

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Save up to $100 on Nest Thermostat and Google Home bundles with this coupon

Nest has been a powerhouse in smart home technology since the launch of their Learning Thermostat in 2011. With their acquisition by Google in 2014, they've continued to reign supreme over temperature variances in homes across the world . If you're looking to gift a Nest to a loved one, or would like to get cozy in your own home, this might be the perfect time to buy in.

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(Update: Humidifiers and dehumidifiers too) You can now ask Assistant to fill up your bathtub or close your faucet

When Google launched Assistant, it was criticized for working with fewer smart devices than Alexa. The company rapidly showered us with support for many more products, though, and has recently introduced compatibility with mops, microwaves, and showers. Until today, though, Assistant couldn't natively work with your entire bathroom. Google is now righting this wrong by bringing native support for bathtubs and faucets; hot!

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Google Home app 2.15 gets a simpler UI, new media playback cards, and event history (Update: swipe gesture)

During its Pixel event, Google teased a slightly redesigned Google Home app with a new Nest Aware feed. We've been waiting for it to roll out to our devices and now it has as part of v2.15 of the Home app. Along with it we're getting the new Cast media UI that was leaked several weeks ago.

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(Update: Rolling out) Google Home app reportedly getting redesigned Cast media UI

When casting music, movies, series, or videos to a speaker or TV, the Google Home app conveniently lets you control it, even if you used another device to initiate playback. Although the interface was handy, it wasn't visual enough. Thankfully, Google is seemingly working on a revamped one for cast media control.

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Nest Thermostat E and Google Home bundle down to just $170 with this coupon ($100 off)

Smart thermostats offer a lot of added convenience and also help save energy, but maximum laziness comfort is achieved when paired with a smart speaker. Indeed, when used together, you can control the temperature in the room without having to leave your couch or bed. Unfortunately, a Nest Thermostat E and a Google home bundle typically costs about $270, which can be a roadblock for some. However, thanks to the coupon code below, you can pay just $170 for both products, saving you about $100.

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Google Assistant receives SiriusXM integration

SirusXM is best known as a broadcast provider for satellite radios in cars, but the company expanded its business to smartphones long ago and recently bought the streaming platform Pandora. Now SiriusXM has teamed up with Google to bring its lineup of radio stations to the Assistant across all of Google's devices. This should drastically expand the number of radio stations available on the company's smart home speakers.

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Today only: Turn your Google Home into a portable speaker with the Ninety7 Battery Base for $20 ($30 off)

When I bought my Google Home, I wanted to be able to listen to music in different rooms without having to buy several speakers. Unfortunately, such a solution wasn't available back then, so I opted for a Home Mini coupled with a portable Wi-Fi speaker instead. Thankfully, there are plenty of options on the market today that make your Google Home portable, and thanks to this deal on Ninety7 battery base, you'll be able to do just that for only $20.

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