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Lenovo Smart Display review: The best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher

So-called smart speakers became the darling of every big tech company in the last three years, with Amazon, Google, and Apple all trying to push their digital assistants as a complementary and indispensable part of their locked-in ecosystems. Incremental advancement continues, and the Assistant-powered responses to Amazon's trailblazing, screen-equipped Echo Show have started to land, the first one being this: Lenovo's Smart Display. And far from just being an interesting first try, Google's Assistant on a screen has already become an indispensable part of my home, especially in the kitchen. 

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Google's Smart Displays and Assistant speakers will now tell you about specific news events

Google Assistant-equipped speakers have already been able to give recaps about the news, and Smart Displays took that a step further by also showing relevant videos. However, you were out of luck if you wanted to hear specific topics read out to you. Google is now fixing that, so long as you're in the US.

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JBL opens pre-orders for $250 Link View smart display with Google Assistant, landing in September

Announced at I/O in May, Assistant smart displays offer you visual feedback from Google's very helpful virtual companion. When this new product type was announced, we heard that Lenovo, LG, and JBL would be the first partners up. The former has already launched both variants of its take, and now JBL is opening up pre-orders for the $250 Link View.

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[Update: Working again] Deal alert: Lenovo's 10" Smart Display is already $200 at Costco ($50 off)

Yesterday, Google and Lenovo formally announced the unimaginatively named Lenovo Smart Display after teasing us with it for months. The assistant-powered screen and speaker combo was set to go on sale today, with pricing revealed to be $199 for the 8" model and $250 for the 10". Humorously enough, you can already pick up the larger model for the price of the smaller thanks to Costco, which has it for $50 off/$200 a mere day or so after it was revealed. 

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[Update: Duo v37 required] You can now video call people on Duo through Google Assistant

Google Assistant is a quirky little helper. It can grab a feed from your security camera and livestream it on your TV, but for the longest time, it wasn't able to send a message on Allo or start a video call on Duo, Google's own services. The latter is starting to change now, though we knew this was bound to happen with the launch of Smart Displays getting closer.

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Google app v8.10 beta prepares image search from screenshots, Routines to lock doors, and much more [APK Teardown]

The Google devs are at it again with another late-night rollout of the Google app. Like most others, this update doesn't appear to bring any specific live changes, but it does include clues for a lot of the upcoming changes. There's plenty here to talk about, so let's just jump into it.

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Lenovo's Google Assistant-powered 8" and 10.1" Smart Displays up for pre-order, priced at $149.99 and $229.99

Lenovo announced its Google Assistant-powered Smart Displays early this year, but we hadn't really heard anything about them since then. Both the 8.0" and 10.1" models of the Smart Display have just popped up on B&H, and interestingly, they're actually priced lower than what Lenovo said they'd cost. Maybe this is to make up for their blatant lies about the Lenovo Z5 from earlier today.

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Google app v8.3 beta prepares Read Later feature, Direct Reply notifications for messages, and much more [APK Teardown]

Google began rolling out a more-beta-than-usual update to its search app a couple days ago. Despite following the rush of I/O announcements, it doesn't look like this version brings any new features to users. However, like almost every update, it comes with an assortment of clues about upcoming changes.

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Google Assistant smart displays from JBL, Lenovo, and LG coming in July

In response to Amazon's Echo Show, Google announced that it was building Assistant 'smart displays' with partners. Put simply, they are Google Homes with a touch screen for watching videos, calling friends, looking up recipes, and performing other basic functionality. The smart displays were planned to go on sale this summer, but now we have more information and a more precise date.

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LG ThinQ Google Assistant Smart Display (WK9) up for pre-order for $297, its smart speaker (WK7) for $197

Right at the end of 2017, and prior to CES 2018, LG announced a new Google Assistant speaker as part of its ThinQ smart lineup. Then, at CES, the company followed up by adding the ThinQ View (pictured above), its own take on Google's Smart Displays with Assistant integrated. At the time, the pricing and availability of these wasn't clear. Now, we know just a little bit more.

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