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Google Home Max is way down to $262 ($137 off) with coupon code at Belk

The Google Home Max is Google's biggest and best smart speaker, which makes it a front-runner for best smart speaker, period. It comes with a price tag to match, though, usually fetching $399. It's currently on sale all over the place for $349, but one retailer has an even better deal: department store Belk is selling the speaker for $262 — $137 off MSRP.

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AI will soon decide what you hear in Google Assistant news briefings

The news reports you get from Google Assistant are about to get a whole lot smarter, or so says Google. The same artificial intelligence that powers the Google News app is coming to Assistant. Google pitches the new system as a way to get quick, personalized news in audio form throughout the day.

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A smaller, less distracting version of Google Assistant is now rolling out to Maps

After teasing a navigation-optimized Google Assistant for Maps at I/O 2018, Google is now rolling out the feature to Android users. The new version of Google Assistant in Maps is smaller, less distracting, and executes more commands in the background.

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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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Ikea's cheap Tradfri smart outlets are now available in a few countries

Ikea's Trådfri (I just discovered that my keyboard has this weird å character) line-up is one of the cheapest smart home lighting systems, costing only a few bucks per light bulb on average. It started out with limited bulb options, but has expanded to offer light panels, drivers for LED lights, and has just added smart outlets as well. These were announced a while back, but weren't available to buy until recently.

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Google Assistant adds Pretty Please, lyrics for Google Play Music on Smart Displays, and more

If you've splurged for a Google Home speaker or Smart Display over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness, you'll be glad to know they're getting new features soon, some of which are coming just in time for the holidays.

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Google Home supports Brazilian Portuguese, Assistant adds 4 Indian languages beside Hindi

Google Assistant's language expansion is continuing on. Google had promised that 38 countries and 17 languages would be added in 2018 and many have already launched over the past months. But the year is nearing its end and we're still a little far from those numbers. Recent additions bring us closer though, as Assistant can now speak four more Indian languages and has expanded Brazilian Portugese' support to Google Home speakers.

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[Update: Link 300 for $125] JBL's Link 500 Assistant speaker is $200 ($200 off) at multiple retailers

The Google Home Max is quite pricey, even at its Black Friday price of $349. The Link 500, JBL's giant Home Max alternative, shares the same ~$400 MSRP, but it's been discounted by a much more substantial 50%. That's right - the Link 500 is currently just $199.99 at multiple retailers, which is $200 off MSRP and $100 less than any previous sales.

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Weekend poll: How often do you use Google Assistant?

Two products seem to be especially popular among our readers in this recent deal season: smart speakers and smart displays. With a Pixel-heavy fanbase that's heavily invested into Google's ecosystem, I'm not surprised that Assistant-powered hardware is a common choice for many of you. So I'm curious: Regardless of whether you have a condo filled to the brim with Google Homes and smart displays, or a home entirely empty of them (save the Assistant on your phone), how often do you use the Assistant?

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[Update: B&H too] Lenovo Smart Display 8" is half price ($100) at Best Buy in early Black Friday deal

Google Assistant smart displays are one of the most intriguing new product categories in recent years, but they aren't that affordable. The Google Home Hub is the cheapest available at $150, but it's still a fair whack. At just $100, this 8" Lenovo Smart Display from Best Buy could be the perfect starting point.

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