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Google starts highlighting 'Captured on Pixel' photos across Ambient Mode screens

Ambient Mode lets you choose what your Google screens — Android TVs, Chromecasts, and smart displays — show when they're idle; it's basically a slideshow screensaver. Google's started taking the opportunity to do a little subtle advertising for its Pixel phones: a new Captured on Pixel photo category is rolling out as an Ambient Mode option.

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Household contacts are rolling out to Google Assistant speakers and smart displays

Along with its announcement of group Duo and Meet video calling on the Nest Hub Max and select other smart displays, Google yesterday mentioned that it was beginning to roll out the household contacts feature, which had been promised since January, to Assistant speakers and displays. Today, the option showed up on our Lenovo Smart Displays and Google Nest Hubs, and appears to be making its way to more and more users.

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The Lenovo Smart Clock will kick you out of bed for $40 ($50 off)

If you're looking for an inexpensive miniature smart display, the Lenovo Smart Clock is worth considering. It cost $80 at launch, which was too high for what it offered. Thankfully, you can now snatch it for half its original price, as it's dropped to just $40.

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Ten tips and tricks for your Google Nest Hub

Google's Nest Hub smart displays have a lot of self-evident uses: checking the weather, setting timers, or watching a little YouTube. But they can feel a bit underwhelming out of the box, especially if you're not the kind of person to go diving into various settings menus and start tuning and tweaking things to your liking. But there are a handful of things we think are worth knowing about using your smart display that can make it a more personalized and more useful companion, even if may not be the powerful stationary home tablet you might have envisioned.

In this guide, we'll go over some helpful features in Google's line of smart displays in particular: the Nest Hub (formerly named the Home Hub) and Nest Hub Max.

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Nest Hubs and other Smart Displays let you easily hide, star, and share slideshow photos

Google's smart speakers and displays are brimming with features, some of which unknown. Many of you likely never noticed that they can ask their smart displays to star, share, or hide a pic when it comes up, but that feature has been available for a year. Google is now making it more visible by bringing the icons to the screen.

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Google realizes smart displays aren't very intuitive, starts experimenting with usability improvements

Google is giving 1,000 Nest Hub Max smart displays to residents in seven Merrill Gardens retirement communities in Washington state as part of a new test. The company is using it as an opportunity to provide a "new experience" that changes the smart display's interface a bit to help with ease of use and feature discovery.

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Nest Hub and other Smart Displays get improved smart home controls for Hue, Shield, smart locks, vacuums, and blinds

Google's Nest Hubs and third-party Assistant Smart Displays have been receiving an update that vastly improves their smart home controls. Among the changes we spotted are live light status and scenes for Philips Hue and Lifx, new Shield controls, the ability to unlock your smart lock, plus controls for blinds, air fresheners, and vacuums. Other product categories may be updated too, but we don't have everything on hand to test with.

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Why doesn't my Google Nest Hub work with Netflix?

Assistant-powered smart displays like the Nest Hub aren't exactly "new" anymore. But almost two years since they were first revealed and a year and a half since the Google Home Nest Hub went on sale, they still have one glaring omission: Netflix. You can't play content from the biggest streaming service out there on them, even though they have support for cast streaming. And, surprisingly, it isn't Google's fault.

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How to hide, favorite, and share photos from your Google Nest Hub (and other Smart Displays)

One of the best uses of the Google Nest Hub, Hub Max, or any third-party Smart Display (Lenovo, JBL, etc...), is as a smart digital photo album. I've already shared with you the steps to set up the photo frame plus tips to make the most of Live Albums, but there are a few new hidden capabilities that make it easier to interact with the photos once they're showing on your Smart Display. In this post, I'll explain how you can ask where and when a photo was taken, add it to your favorites, hide it, and share it directly with one of your contacts.

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Save up to $250 in the biggest Nest sale since Black Friday

Now is the perfect time to work on those little home improvement projects you've been putting off. Whether you've been mulling over creating an entire smart-home from scratch or just looking to replace an aging device or two, there are few more dependable names in the game than Nest. Right now, you can save up to $250 during the biggest Nest sale we've seen since Black Friday.

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