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Eufy Genie catches up to Amazon Echos with new calling and messaging abilities

The Eufy Genie is a popular third-party Alexa-enabled smart speaker from Anker that can usually be picked up for as little as $30, making it a good alternative to the Echo Dot. It hasn't always been as capable as Amazon's own hardware, though, with the omission of calling and messaging being a prime example. The Genie is now finally getting those very features.

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[Deal Alert] Pick up a Eufy Genie Alexa-powered smart speaker for less than $30 at Amazon ($5 off)

Is Amazon's Echo Dot a bit too rich for your blood? If $44 is too much for an Alexa-powered smart speaker, $29.70 might be more to your liking. Right now over at Amazon you can pick up the Eufy Genie Smart Speaker, which includes Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and a 2W speaker in a compact Dot-like package. Although these are usually $34.99, they've been marked down by $5, making them one of the most affordable ways to get Amazon's Alexa in your home.

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Google's News & Weather App, AKA The 'Genie Widget' Gets A Massive 2.0 Update And A Full Play Store Release [APK Download]

Update: An update to the News & Weather app posted yesterday, September 8th, seems to have fixed some of the compatibility errors people have been seeing. At least here in the United States, the app is compatible with every Android 4.0+ device for all of our writers. There doesn't appear to be any other significant update just yet.


Google's News & Weather app, AKA the "Genie" widget (after the APK name), has been more or less unchanged for years. The app comes with Nexus devices and some other relatively stock Android hardware, but aside from a few visual touches, the feed-based news and weather widget has been basically unchanged.

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