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[Update: New clocks, too] Assistant smart displays get new 'Routines' button

Assistant-powered smart displays have all the voice access features you get with the Assistant speakers, but sometimes it's easier to press a button. There's a new button on Assistant smart displays today, offering quick access to your routines. If you have a smart display, the button is probably already waiting for you.

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[Update: Live, timers too] You can finally just say 'stop' to silence your Google Home and Smart Display alarms

Google is sharing some pretty cool stuff at I/O this year, but this one new feature is certainly among the biggest: starting today, users in English-speaking locales will be able to stop ringing alarms and timers on Google Home and Smart Display devices simply by saying "stop," no hotword required.

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Google unveils the Nest Hub Max with 10-inch HD screen, camera, and gesture controls for $229

The Home Hub is one of Google's hardware success stories, marrying the smarts of the Assistant with a touch screen and pretty visuals. Criticism of it could be that it's too small and can't do video calls, which is where the Google Nest Hub Max comes in. The display has been increased from 7 to 10 inches and there's now a camera for use with Duo calls and more.

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Google Assistant speakers may soon offer preset buttons for frequent queries

Voice-activated assistant speakers are nothing short of a marvel — science fiction buffs know the tingle in their spine whenever they order their computer to perform a task. But in 2019, we're busy, the novelty has worn off, and we just want the speaker to do a job we often ask for, but without having to say so every time. Well, it looks like Google Assistant speakers and smart displays could soon allow users to assign specific queries to what may be purpose-designed hardware buttons.

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[Update: Norwegian added] Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter

During CES last month, Google announced its Home speakers and smart displays with Assistant would be capable of becoming virtual interpreters and translate live conversations between people speaking in different languages. The feature seems to be rolling out to the masses as an official support page has been set up, and several devices are now capable of translating discussions.

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[Update: Pre-orders live in Germany too] Assistant on Smart Displays speaks French and German, as Lenovo launches its display in France

Assistant-enabled smart displays came out about a year ago, but they could exclusively speak English until they learned Canadian French recently. Because of this dialect limitation, the devices have only been available for sale in the US, UK, and Australia. However, newly added support for French and German means they are coming to Europe as well.

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Rakuten members can get a Google Home Hub for just $85 ($45 off)

Google may be working on a larger Hub, but not everything requires a big screen. If you don't care to make video calls, the seven-inch Google Home Hub can likely fulfill all your smart display needs. It's going for $130 just about everywhere lately, but right now, you can grab one in either chalk or charcoal for just $85 at Rakuten.

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[Update: Google announcement] Continued Conversation is rolling out to Assistant smart displays

Saying "OK Google" is already more syllables than are required to wake up competing smart assistants like Alexa. Saying it again just moments later to complete another task gets annoying. Google released "Continued Conversation" last year to make Home speakers listen a little longer to catch additional commands. It didn't work on smart displays like the Home Hub, but that changes today.

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Ambient Mode on smart devices can now be told to stop being so picky, include 'objectively bad photos'

Ambient Mode is a feature on Google smart displays and Chromecast that features rotating images — artwork, news items, or your own Google Photos, depending on your preference. Previously, if you chose to display your own photos, Google's algorithms would evaluate your pics before displaying them, filtering out the crummy ones. Now, you have the option to include your less-than-ideal shots — if you want to do that for some reason.

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Grab a Lenovo Smart Display for as low as $85 ($115 off)

Lenovo was the first to hit Android Things smart display scene with the aptly-named Lenovo Smart Display. The eight- or 10-inch device isn't an awkward freshman attempt, either; the company kind of hit it out of the park. We've seen it on sale a lot lately, but this deal here is the best one yet. You can get the smaller version for just $85, or the larger for $127, with a coupon code on Rakuten.

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