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6 of our favorite tech deals this week: TVs, speakers, and making it rain

It's a weird time to be a smartphone shopper. Should you be holding out until your next phone is 5G? Will 5G even impact your usage, for that matter? And assuming Samsung can resolve its manufacturing kinks, could a crazy folding-screen phone actually be in your future? As you try to work your way through those critical decisions, here are a couple of our favorite deals from the past week to distract you:

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Best Buy has 55" and 43" 4K Fire TVs on sale for $250 and $200

Are you on the lookout for a cheap telly? It seems like manufacturers made too many Fire TVs, because we're seeing them pretty remarkable deals from Toshiba and Insignia on 4K TVs.

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RIP: Insignia's cheap and popular Assistant-equipped speakers have been discontinued

We'd like a moment of silence for our fallen friend, the oft-discounted, Assistant-equipped Insignia Voice smart speaker. It was officially discontinued sometime around the turn of April, and it's no longer offered by Best Buy, which owns Insignia.

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Midweek deals: Save on smart TVs, Bluetooth earbuds, Anker's connected bathroom scale, and more

We didn't have one of these lists to share on Monday — it was a slow weekend — but we're back with all manner of tech deals. Today we've got crazy cheap smart TVs, Sennheiser earbuds, a Bluetooth bathroom scale, and then some.

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Google Assistant phone calls are spreading to more third-party speakers

Feature parity is a huge point of contention in Android, and now in Google Assistant speakers too. Whenever Google announces a new ability for its Home line-up, you can toss a coin and it's pretty much 50-50 whether this will work on Assistant speakers from other brands. For phone calls, the situation has been more dire. Even though Google Home users could make a voice call starting August 2017 (in the US first), those with third-party speakers didn't have that option. But things are getting better.

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[Update: Continued Conversation arrives] Insignia's Google Assistant speakers now display the temperature at all times


[Update: $25 and $30 now] Insignia's great Google Assistant speakers are down to an insanely low $20 and $25

Do you want a cheap Google Assistant speaker for every room in your house? Even the garage, the closet, and the laundry room? Then you may want to think quick and act quicker. Best Buy is discounting its Insignia smart speakers now, and you can grab them for $20 or $25, depending on whether you want some portability or not.

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Insignia's cheap Assistant smart speakers can now be paired in stereo (like the Home Max) and place voice calls

Best Buy's Insignia smart speakers are some of the cheapest Google Assistant smart home gear you can get, if you grab them during one of their frequent discounts. The last time we covered them, the non-portable version was only $25 and the portable one was $50, but they've fallen below that recently. Until now though, they didn't offer any incentive to grab them instead of a Home Mini, beside their alarm clock display. That has changed with the latest update.

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[Deal Alert] Get an Insignia smart light switch for $14.99 ($25 off) from Daily Steals with our exclusive coupon

Smart bulbs are a popular product category, but they essentially make the wall light switches useless. If you turn off the switch, the bulb will no longer work. One solution is to use a normal light bulb with a smart switch, but those can be just as expensive - though not in this case. Now you can get the Insignia smart light switch for just $14.99 from Daily Steals, using our exclusive coupon code.

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[Deal Alert] Insignia Google Assistant speaker and alarm clock down to $24.99, $49.99 for the portable version

You have your choice of Google Assistant speakers, from Google's own Home, Home Mini, Home Max, to the different third-party solutions that are popping up from the likes of JBL, Sony, Mobvoi, and more. But when it comes to cheap solutions, the Home Mini at $35 still sort of reigns supreme. Today, however, it might be getting a bit of a competition from Best Buy's Insignia brand.

The site is offering its well rated Insignia Voice speakers for a very, very, very discounted price. The regular speaker is down from $99.99 to $24.99 and the portable version is down from $149.99 to $49.99.

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