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Logitech Harmony direct control is finally live on Google Assistant (and Home), but there are some limitations

Harmony's history with Google Home and Assistant goes way back. When support for the service first rolled out, it was an Actions on Google integration (or Assistant app). That meant you had to "ask Harmony to do something" every time, which only worked with your own voice (no support for other home members unless they added the account in their own Assistant) and was very inconvenient. Sure, you could create shortcuts/routines to avoid having to say "ask Harmony" for every command, but even those were voice-dependent and you had to manually set up an equivalent shortcut for every action.

Direct integration for Harmony with Assistant — so it would work like Hue, Nest, LIFX, and others — was promised in May.

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Harmony Hub had a vulnerability, but it's been patched in version 4.15.96

Over the past few days, we've covered an issue with the Harmony Hub not being able to control Sonos speakers' volume properly, which was followed by a fix with firmware 4.15.100. As it turns out, the issue occurred because Logitech may have rushed to release firmware version 4.15.96 for the hub to patch a vulnerability discovered by FireEye.

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Google Assistant now works with 5000 devices, direct Logitech Harmony and DISH control coming, security systems, and more

Support for the Google Assistant is ramping up from major and minor smart home device makers alike. It was only this January that we reported the Assistant had support for 1500 devices, but now that number has jumped, nay, soared to 5000 devices. Along with that happy threshold comes the news of many other upcoming integrations for our favorite smart home assistant.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Smart Control on sale for $58 ($22 off) at Amazon

Your home theater system might be getting mighty complicated these days, but a smart universal remote may be just what you need to get it all under control. It doesn't have to break the bank, either. The Logitech Harmony Smart Control is on sale at Amazon for a mere $58. It comes with a remote control and works with your Android phone.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Elite only $250 at Amazon and Best Buy ($100 off)

If you are looking for a universal remote with home automation chops, the Logitech Harmony Elite is pretty near the top of the high-end selection. And now it's just $250 at both Amazon and Best Buy. Whether you've yet to dip your toes in the convenience of a modern programmable remote control, or you're an old hand at automated television operations, the Harmony Elite is the remote to beat.

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