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Google's best smart speaker is $150 off for Black Friday

Google's best smart speaker is $150 off for Black Friday

Google released a new $99 smart speaker this year, and it's really pretty great. But Google's biggest speaker, the Home Max, is still its best. It's also its priciest, at an MSRP of $299. But for Black Friday, the Max's price tag has been slashed in half at multiple retailers: you can pick one up for just $149 starting today.

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Google Assistant can now schedule lights on or off

Google Assistant can now schedule lights on or off

Google Assistant has been able to turn lights on and off for a while, but until now, it could only do so immediately. This meant that it didn't have the capability to run a timer and perform the action after the time had elapsed. Thankfully, the digital helper has gotten even smarter and can now operate your lights according to the time or duration you specify.

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Google Home introduces game-changing media controls and reinstates Routine triggering (APK Download)

Google Home introduces game-changing media controls and reinstates Routine triggering (APK Download)

Last November, the Google Home app received a colorful card-based media control interface, which was quite an improvement over the previous one. But multi-room or multi-speaker playback is rather tricky to set up through this card-based interface, and Google seems to think the same. The company has introduced a much more intuitive UI for media controls in version 2.31 of the Home app that lets you cast to individual or multiple speakers and displays on the fly. And Assistant Routines can finally be triggered through the app again following the update.

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Google's smart speakers can now answer incoming phone calls in Australia (Updated)

Google's smart speakers can now answer incoming phone calls in Australia (Updated)

Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers have been able to make calls for a while now in countries like Australia, Canada, and the US. But the functionality was limited to outbound calls placed from the speaker itself. Now it looks like inbound call support is coming to Google's smart home products, but only on a single carrier in Australia.

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Nest Audio review, one month later: Google Home Max's days are numbered

Nest Audio review, one month later: Google Home Max's days are numbered

Google's first Assistant speaker, Google Home, turns four this year. The company says that device was designed primarily as a means to access the Google Assistant, and music playback was secondary. But the de facto second generation, the new Nest Audio, was purpose-built as a media device — and boy, does it ever show.

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Brighten up your day with two colorful C by GE smart bulbs for $20 ($25 off)

Brighten up your day with two colorful C by GE smart bulbs for $20 ($25 off)

Smart lights are a key part of a connected home. From voice control, to custom scheduling, to turning your bedroom into a disco party, they make mundane tasks more fun. Right now, Best Buy is offering a two-pack of full color smart bulbs for just $19.99, a full $25 off — and you don't even need a hub to take advantage of their smart features.

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Routines powered by 'presence sensing' are now widely available in the Google Home app

Routines powered by 'presence sensing' are now widely available in the Google Home app

The Google Home app is core to how you control and interact with dozens of different devices, so it's understandably one of Google's most feature-packed applications. It only got more interesting with version 2.28, as the new update hinted at the rebranding of Android TV, as well as adding some new features surrounding routines and home presence-sensing that were teased earlier this year. Now it seems like the new Home/Away routines powered by presence sensing are available to most users.

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Google Play Music no longer works with smart speakers and other Assistant devices

Google Play Music no longer works with smart speakers and other Assistant devices

Bit by bit, Google is stripping Play Music (GPM) away from the service's loyal users, gnawing at every feature and integration, and switching it over to YouTube Music. The latest victim is the Assistant integration which lets you play your music on Home, Nest, and third-party speakers and displays.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Fall 2020)

The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Fall 2020)

Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.

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Google's $99 Nest Audio is official and available for pre-order right now

Google's $99 Nest Audio is official and available for pre-order right now

Like practically everything else at today's Launch Night In event, Google's new speaker, the Nest Audio, was leaked extremely thoroughly. We learned the name early and we had a good idea of the $99 price tag weeks ago. It's turned up in stores, and it even got an early unboxing. But now, finally, it's official.

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