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Nest Hub and other Smart Displays get improved smart home controls for Hue, Shield, smart locks, vacuums, and blinds

Nest Hub and other Smart Displays get improved smart home controls for Hue, Shield, smart locks, vacuums, and blinds

Google's Nest Hubs and third-party Assistant Smart Displays have been receiving an update that vastly improves their smart home controls. Among the changes we spotted are live light status and scenes for Philips Hue and Lifx, new Shield controls, the ability to unlock your smart lock, plus controls for blinds, air fresheners, and vacuums. Other product categories may be updated too, but we don't have everything on hand to test with.

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Today only: Grab two Nest Hub smart displays for just $100

Today only: Grab two Nest Hub smart displays for just $100

Smart displays are a convenient way to make your home more intelligent: They can help with everyday queries, be of assistance when cooking, and blast some tunes when you feel like dancing. With this deal, you can get two Nest Hubs for just $100, which is significantly cheaper than purchasing them separately. It's particularly handy if you live in a big house or even if you'd like to give one away as a gift.

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Google is temporarily lowering Chromecast's ambient mode photo quality and slideshow speed

Google is temporarily lowering Chromecast's ambient mode photo quality and slideshow speed

Following the announcement that it'd be reducing Nest's video quality to help lower network strain around the world, Google has also revealed that it'll do the same for the Chromecast and smart displays. The move is temporary and comes from a mindset that every bit helps, even if it's just saving everyone a little bit of bandwidth.

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You can sample and buy audiobooks right from your Google Assistant speaker or display

You can sample and buy audiobooks right from your Google Assistant speaker or display

Happen to have a bit more time and attention to devote to a hobby? Why not listen to audiobooks on your capable Google Assistant speaker or display? Google has made it easier for its smart device owners to sample and buy titles without having to use your phone or computer.

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Ambient IQ might finally be coming to Google Nest speakers (Update: Not new)

Ambient IQ might finally be coming to Google Nest speakers (Update: Not new)

Google has an unfortunate habit of announcing interesting features long before they actually become available, and that's again what we've seen in the case of Ambient IQ. Not to be confused with Ambient EQ, which intelligently changes the brightness and color temperature of the display on the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, Ambient IQ does a similar thing for audio. After being introduced in October last year alongside Google's latest hardware, the feature looks set to finally make an appearance.

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Try these 8 Google Assistant commands to spruce up your Valentine's

Try these 8 Google Assistant commands to spruce up your Valentine's

Hello Android Police readers, here is your host with an important announcement: Valentine's Day is only two days away. For the forgetful ones among you who like to celebrate the occasion, that means there's just enough time to catch up and plan a good surprise or get a decent gift. To further help you with your romantic endeavors, Google has added a few special commands to Assistant — no, we're not talking about "Hey Google, play Get Lucky," even if that might work too.

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Android's Twitter account reminds us of the feature divide between Nest Hubs and third-party Assistant smart displays

Android's Twitter account reminds us of the feature divide between Nest Hubs and third-party Assistant smart displays

Google isn't the best at explaining its own products. Yet another example of this happened only a few days ago, as the official Android Twitter account posted about a Google Assistant feature that seemed to be new at first glance. However, it ended up being a reminder that not only is Google bad at explaining what its products do, but also that the feature divide between the Nest Hub and third-party Assistant smart displays is alive and well.

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Grab two Nest Hub smart displays for just $100 ($160 off) (Update: Back for one day)

Grab two Nest Hub smart displays for just $100 ($160 off) (Update: Back for one day)

Whether you're looking to buy a Christmas gift or just want to make your home a little more intelligent, a smart display is worth considering. With this deal, you won't have to choose between these options, as you can get two Nest Hubs for only $100, which is significantly cheaper than purchasing them separately.

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Google gives Assistant smart displays improved multi-room media controls

Google gives Assistant smart displays improved multi-room media controls

Assistant-powered smart displays got a little bit smarter recently, as Google has just announced a brand new media view for its Nest Hub displays. In our testing, the feature is also live for at least some other non-Nest smart displays already, bringing you a clear view of which devices in which rooms are playing media, plus granular speaker controls, a global pause button, and fully remote media control.

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Google shuts down Xiaomi access to Assistant following Nest Hub picking up strangers' camera feeds (Update: Fully resolved)

Google shuts down Xiaomi access to Assistant following Nest Hub picking up strangers' camera feeds (Update: Fully resolved)

So-called "smart" security cameras have had some pretty dumb security problems recently, but a recent report regarding a Xiaomi camera linked to a Google account is especially disturbing. One Xiaomi Mijia camera owner is getting still images from other random peoples' homes when trying to stream content from his camera to a Google Nest Hub. The images include stills of people sleeping and even an infant in a cradle. In the meantime, Google has entirely disabled Xiaomi integration for Google Home and the Assistant while it works out the issue with Xiaomi.

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