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Google's speakers and displays add local control of smart home devices, starting with Hue, TP-Link, more (Update: SDK live)

For years we've dreamed of the smart home, but when we anticipated it, we didn't really picture a dozen hubs littered all over our house that do nothing but control only one type of device. Sadly, that's the truth we've come to. But Google seems to be taking the first steps to remedy this situation, starting with opening local control of smart devices to all developers and smart home manufacturers.

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Google UK Easter deals: Save big on Pixel, Google Nest, and Chromecast

It's prudent to buy Google products at certain times of the year since they are often discounted on special occasions. The next sale season is Easter, and Google UK has a range of deals to entice you. Not only can you get money off some of its newest products like Pixel 4 and Nest Mini, but a few older devices are also down in price.

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The Nest Hub Max can help you stay in touch remotely and is on sale for $180 ($50 off)

While the original Nest Hub offered lots of great features never before seen on a display-free smart speaker, its lack of a camera and the inclusion of a relatively small screen prevented it from being used for video calls. Fortunately, Google addressed these complaints with its follow-up, the Nest Hub Max, and you can pick one up from Home Depot for only $180 — saving yourself $20 off compared to other retailer's current pricing and $50 off the list price.

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Ambient IQ might finally be coming to Google Nest speakers (Update: Not new)

Google has an unfortunate habit of announcing interesting features long before they actually become available, and that's again what we've seen in the case of Ambient IQ. Not to be confused with Ambient EQ, which intelligently changes the brightness and color temperature of the display on the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, Ambient IQ does a similar thing for audio. After being introduced in October last year alongside Google's latest hardware, the feature looks set to finally make an appearance.

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Android's Twitter account reminds us of the feature divide between Nest Hubs and third-party Assistant smart displays

Google isn't the best at explaining its own products. Yet another example of this happened only a few days ago, as the official Android Twitter account posted about a Google Assistant feature that seemed to be new at first glance. However, it ended up being a reminder that not only is Google bad at explaining what its products do, but also that the feature divide between the Nest Hub and third-party Assistant smart displays is alive and well.

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Get a free Nest Hub or Nest Mini with the purchase of select Nest products on the Google Store

In addition to the awesome Google Nest Hub with Nest Mini bundle that you can still grab on the Google Store and at other retailers for $79 ($99 off), Google is extending more savings to its entire family of Nest products. Right now, you can snag a free Nest Hub with the purchase of a Nest Hello doorbell for $229 ($129 off) or get a free Nest Mini when you buy any Nest item for $99 or more.

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Your Nest Hub will show your info more proactively thanks to ultrasound sensing

Your Nest Hub and Hub Max recently improved their display's information density by using ultrasound sensing. Knowing how close or far you are, they can adjust the font size and level of detail they show in some circumstances. But starting this week, they'll become more proactive and use this same technology to serve you relevant info as you approach them.

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Google Assistant now follows your dietary restrictions when recommending recipes

For anyone that loves cooking and spending time mixing and matching things in the kitchen, online recipe sites are a godsend. You type in a few ingredients and get dozens if not hundreds of recipe suggestions. But if you have a dietary restriction and don't want to waste your time sifting through the results looking for the ones that fit your preference, you can now tick a couple of boxes and Google will remember that for you. At least it will do so in Assistant on smart displays.

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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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Google and Nest go big for this Black Friday sale with discounts on cameras, alarms, locks, thermostats, smart speakers

When I set up my smart home infrastructure, I waited until Black Friday discounts to pay a little less for all my intelligent devices. Whether you're starting from scratch or want to add new products to your existing smart home configuration, you'll be able to benefit from exciting markdowns on a wide array of Nest products. These include security cameras, alarms, locks, thermostats, smart speakers, connected displays, and Wi-Fi routers. The markdowns will be available from November 28 until December 4, which will give you plenty of time to shop.

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