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I wish Google's Smart Displays were the kitchen companions they promised to be

When Google first announced its Smart Display platform, one of the focal points was the kitchen. The Google Assistant would be able to find you recipes, put items into a shopping list, convert units, set timers, and answer simple cooking questions to keep your hands free for the actual task of preparing and cooking a meal. At least, that was the experience in theory. In practice, I've found my smart display to be little more than a glorified timer and music streaming box, with my smartphone continuing to be the invaluable research and display tool I rely on when cooking from a recipe or learning a technique for the first time.

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Get a Google Nest Hub for just $59 from eBay

The Google Nest Hub has trickled down in price for months, originally starting at $149 and dropping a few bucks every week since then. If you still don't have one, or you want another one, the Nest Hub is now available on eBay for just $59. That's $91 lower than the original price, and $20 cheaper than the current sale from the Google Store.

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[Update: Dev Preview] Google's speakers and displays add local control of smart home devices, starting with Hue, TP-Link, more

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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Get two Google Nest Hubs for just $119 ($41 off) on Rakuten

Google Nest Hubs just keep getting cheaper, and cheaper, and cheaper. If you happen to need two of them, you can now get a two-pack of Nest Hubs from Rakuten for just $118.99. That's $41 off the current price of buying two on their own from the Google Store, at the current price of $79 each.

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Google deals on Home and Nest include $25 Home Mini, $238 Nest Cam Outdoor 2-pack

One of the constants in consumer societies is deals. As long as companies exist and make products, they'll try to discount them to move some inventory and gain market share. That's even more true when it comes to the smart home, where products are often considered novelties but can also provide a strong tie-in to an ecosystem. Like Amazon, Google wants you to grab its own smart speakers and connected devices, so it keeps discounting them to lure more of us in. I have enough smart devices in my home, but if you're still looking to beef up your own setup, there are some Google deals to take advantage of now.

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Google's Nest Hub could be an incredible productivity tool with a few minor updates

Smart displays are still in their infancy. While they might take inspiration from the basic internet appliances that failed to take off in the 2000s (anyone remember the Chumby One?), smart displays as we know them today started with Amazon's Echo Show. The idea of adding a screen to a smart speaker may have sounded counterproductive at the time, since they essentially are less-versatile tablets, but smart displays have been an undeniable hit with buyers.

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Google Nest Hub drops to just $65 (50% off) on Rakuten

The Google Nest Hub just keeps dropping... and dropping... and dropping. Last month the smart display could be found for just $68, nearly half off its original price of $129.99. Now you can get it for a few dollars cheaper, as it's available on Rakuten for $65.44.

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[Update: Possibly fixed] Google Homes are having an identity crisis as Assistant mixes US and British accents

Google Assistant keeps learning new languages and can even speak them with the local accent. Indeed, it can differentiate between Canadian, Belgian and, French variants of the same tongue, and also pronounce words in the Queen's English. However, it seems some devices are rebelling by speaking in opposite accents, as users have reported their Google Homes have switched to US or UK English.

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Google discounts Home, Home Mini, Home Max, and Nest Hub smart speakers and display

Although Google's smart home devices have been going on sale several times in the past, the company is currently discounting almost the entire Home range, including the Nest Hub smart display. This is a great opportunity to get an extra intelligent device in your household, or even to buy your first one if you don't have one already.

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