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Innit now has a Google Assistant Smart Display action to aid you in the kitchen

A key feature of Smart Displays such as the Google Home Hub is that they can be used to help you prepare dinner by presenting hands-free, step-by-step recipes for you to follow. This is open to developers if they want to add their own actions, just like BuzzFeed's Tasty did recently. Now, Innit is getting in on the act.

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Google Assistant gains flight check-ins, hotel booking, Interpreter Mode, and broadens lockscreen support

Google Assistant is the belle of the ball at CES 2019, with hardware partnerships popping up left, right, and center. What better time, then, for Google to announce a slew of shiny new features for the increasingly (artificially) intelligent helper? Among the updates comes flight check-ins, hotel booking, a new language interpreter mode, and the extension of Assistant on the lockscreen to all Android phones.

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Lenovo's Smart Clock is an adorably tiny display with Google Assistant

Amazon unveiled the clock-sized Echo Spot last year, as a smaller alternative to the Echo Show. We haven't seen any similarly-sized devices running Google's smart display platform, but Lenovo just unveiled something similar — the Smart Clock.

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KitchenAid Smart Display has a 10" display, IPX5 rating, and Yummly

After seeing Google Assistant Smart Displays from Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Google, it's now time for another big electronics maker to join the fray: KitchenAid. Wait, what? OK, see, there's a simple explanation: KitchenAid is owned by Whirlpool. No, still doesn't make sense. Well, Ryne called the Lenovo Smart Display "the best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher" and our best guess is KitchenAid read that and thought, " Nah, we can do better."

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LG ThinQ View smart display review: It's $250, loud, and kind of ugly

Google Assistant-powered smart displays all do pretty much the same things, and, except for the Google Home Hub, run identical software on similar internal hardware. That uniformity leaves device-specific critiques to nuances in external hardware, and while LG's ThinQ View display doesn't outright fail in any respect, for $250, its functional similarity to cheaper, prettier devices makes it a bad buy.

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

One of the best uses of the Google Home Hub, or any another Smart Display (Lenovo's or the JBL Link View), is as a smart digital photo album. I've already shared with you the steps to set this up 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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Lenovo fixes Smart Display low-volume bug, update coming soon

Over the past month or so, a strange bug has been affecting the Lenovo Smart Display. In some cases, voice responses from Google Assistant would start at 0% volume, then slowly raise to the actual volume after a few words. Multiple owners have reported the bug, including our own Artem (#artemsluck), but Lenovo says the glitch has finally been fixed.

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Lenovo's 8-inch Smart Display has dropped to $100 again

One of this year's hot Black Friday items, at least in the Google tech circle, was Lenovo's 8-inch Smart Display for $100. Google's own Home Hub was the same price, but Lenovo's model has better speakers and a camera for Duo video calls. If you missed out on the original sale, the display has once again dropped to $99.99.

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10-inch Lenovo Smart Display down to $160 ($90 off) at Best Buy

Lenovo's Smart Display was the first Assistant-powered screen on the market, but it wasn't cheap. Luckily, the price has come down somewhat over the last few months. It even got as low as $150 at Costco on Black Friday. Today's sale isn't quite that low, but it's close at $160.

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Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal

Another year, another category of Google-compatible products has flooded the market. A few years ago, it was the Chromecast, then it was the Google Home and Home Mini, and now it's the Google Home Hub. With every first-party release comes a slew of third-party alternatives, boasting the same features, same integrations, same functions, but with different designs and prices. On paper, they should be equal to Google's, but time and time again, we've learned that they're not.

Never though have the lines blurred as much as with the Home Hub and its Lenovo and JBL brethren. They look almost the same, both on the outside and in their interface, and Google pushed them earlier than its Home Hub, advertising them and talking about them as if they were its own.

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