Lenovo is one of a few companies to ever launch dedicated smart alarm clocks with Google Assistant, so there's never been loads of competition in the market. Xiaomi is looking to change that with its new Mi Smart Clock, a cute little gadget that should fit well with almost any bedroom design.
Unfortunately, the device is held back by the same issues that made the Lenovo clocks hard to recommend. Smart clocks are much more limited than smart displays, but they don't cost much less. They're not compatible with most video streaming apps, and they don't display some of the useful visual elements full-fledged smart displays offer. Read More
Google is officially rolling out Guest Mode for its smart displays and Assistant-powered speakers as of today. Originally teased back in October, the feature appears to be live for all of us in testing. And, though you might think it, the feature it isn't really meant to enhance your privacy. It's just there to prevent friends or family from messing up your schedule or account history. Read More
You know that short, satisfying sound that you hear when you successfully connect to a Google Smart Display or speaker? Well, Google's about to ruin it. 9to5Google has discovered that the latest Nest Hub preview firmware has a much gentler sound, and it's all sorts of wrong and confusing. Read More
Now that the giant Home Max smart speaker has been discontinued, Google suggests those interested should instead pick up a pair of its new Nest Audio speakers. If you were looking for a deal on those Nest Audios, you're in luck; BrandsMart USA is currently offering a two-pack for $150, representing a savings of $48 off MSRP. Read More
Google confirmed earlier this month that it discontinued the large Home Max smart speaker. The company now recommends people buy two Nest Audio speakers and connect them in stereo mode for a similar experience, but if you still want the real deal, Google has now restocked the Home Max for possibly the last time. Read More
Google's new Nest Audio speaker might be the newest smart speaker on the market, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best choice for your home. Harman Kardon's Citation line of smart speakers boasts superb sound quality and a design that's more svelte and sophisticated than many other options. And right now, Best Buy is offering the Citation 100 for just $99.99 — about $100 off the prices found elsewhere. Read More
Sonos speakers are popular thanks to their reliability and high-quality audio. Sadly, they're also known for being expensive. Thankfully, the Sonos Move portable speaker, which comes with a bunch of features, is currently $100 off, selling for just $299, making it much more affordable than usual. Read More
Bit by bit, Google is stripping Play Music (GPM) away from the service's loyal users, gnawing at every feature and integration, and switching it over to YouTube Music. The latest victim is the Assistant integration which lets you play your music on Home, Nest, and third-party speakers and displays. Read More
Like every year, Amazon is discounting a lot of its products for Prime Day, a moment a lot of people eagerly wait for, so they can snatch Echo or Kindle devices at a steal. This year, the retailer is selling its third-generation Echo Dot for just $19, which is $21 cheaper than its normal price tag.
But what if you prefer to use Google Assistant? Well, you're in for a treat, as the latest generation Nest Mini is also on sale, currently down to $30, representing a $20 markdown compared to its regular price. Sure, that's $11 more than the Echo Dot, but at least you're getting the newest model, instead of the outdated one. Read More
Amazon held an important event last week, during which it announced a bunch of new devices, including a revamped range of Echo speakers. Despite their very recent unveiling, the company wants to give early buyers a discount for pre-ordering the new Echo lineup, provided you buy them in pairs and use one of the promo codes below. Read More