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Get a Google Home Hub for $74 ($76 off) at Rakuten

The Google Home Hub goes on sale very often, usually dropping a few dollars each time. If you've been waiting to buy one, it's currently available from the Rakuten Shop for just $73.95 a reduction of $76 from the original MSRP.

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[Update: On sale again for $75] Get a Google Home Hub for just $76 ($73 off) today from Rakuten

The Google Home Hub has dropped in price steadily over the past few months, but discounts are usually short-lived. Now you can get Google's smart display for just $76, thanks to Rakuten's site-wide sale. That's $73 lower than the original price, and one of the best sales we've seen yet.

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Rakuten members can get a Google Home Hub for just $85 ($45 off)

Google may be working on a larger Hub, but not everything requires a big screen. If you don't care to make video calls, the seven-inch Google Home Hub can likely fulfill all your smart display needs. It's going for $130 just about everywhere lately, but right now, you can grab one in either chalk or charcoal for just $85 at Rakuten.

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Google Home Hub may launch in Canada soon, as Smart Displays add French Canadian support

In the past couple of years, Google has only added new language support for Assistant on a product when that particular product went officially on sale in the dialect's corresponding country. For example, the Home speakers began speaking Italian a few days before they launched on the Store in Italy, same for Spanish and Spain/Mexico, Chinese and Taiwan, etc... you get the gist. So upon seeing that Smart Displays can now speak French Canadian, it's easy to extrapolate that the Home Hub may soon be coming to Canada.

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[Update: Other retailers, too] The Google Home Max is down to $299 ($100 off) on the Google Store

The Google Home Max is Google's biggest, loudest speaker. It's really great, but it's also really expensive at $399. If you've been waiting for a discount, today's your day: the Max is $100 off on the Google Store, along with discounts on a handful of other Google goods.

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Your Smart Display lets you control individual speaker volumes in a group

One of the joys of having a few smart speakers around the house is being able to play music in all the rooms simultaneously, in sync, and without a complicated wired setup. But controlling volume levels across the house isn't easy, especially when you're in the kitchen and you can hear the bedroom speaker blasting super loudly and drowning out everything else. If you have a Smart Display, you can now control individual speaker volumes as well as group volume with a neat dedicated interface.

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[Update: Smart display support] Google Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain children's books

Some of Google Home's best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the "I'm feeling lucky" game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts. Google is expanding on that repertoire with storytelling sound effects for certain Disney stories. Parents in the US can activate the new feature by saying "Hey Google, let's read along with Disney." Their Home device will then listen along and play appropriate sound effects and music for the chosen story, which can be selected from a library of 11, with more to come.

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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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Get a Google Home Hub for $20 with the purchase of select Nest devices at Best Buy, B&H, and more

The holiday sales season isn't over yet - Boxing Day deals are the last big hurrah before a promo dry spell. Among the most intriguing deals of the day (for Americans) is an offer that reduces Google's regularly $150 Home Hub to $20 if bought in tandem with select Nest devices at retailers including B&H, Best Buy, and Walmart. There's no doubt that Google will continue to push its smart devices in the new year with lots more deals to come, but at an $80 discount, this current promotion is certainly compelling. 

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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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