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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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Innit now has a Google Assistant Smart Display action to aid you in the kitchen

A key feature of Smart Displays such as the Google Home Hub is that they can be used to help you prepare dinner by presenting hands-free, step-by-step recipes for you to follow. This is open to developers if they want to add their own actions, just like BuzzFeed's Tasty did recently. Now, Innit is getting in on the act.

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Get a Google Home Hub for $20 with the purchase of select Nest devices at Best Buy, B&H, and more

The holiday sales season isn't over yet - Boxing Day deals are the last big hurrah before a promo dry spell. Among the most intriguing deals of the day (for Americans) is an offer that reduces Google's regularly $150 Home Hub to $20 if bought in tandem with select Nest devices at retailers including B&H, Best Buy, and Walmart. There's no doubt that Google will continue to push its smart devices in the new year with lots more deals to come, but at an $80 discount, this current promotion is certainly compelling. 

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[Update: Deal's back for another day] Hurry: Get a Google Home Hub and two Home Minis for $99

Over the past few days, Best Buy, Target, and a few other stores offered a Home Hub and two Home Minis at significant discounts. If you missed out on those, Adorama still has the package for just $99.

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Google Home Hub is just $79 ($70 off) on Google Express with discount code for new customers

The past few weeks have seen a ton of deals on the Google Home Hub. Most of those have been bundles with other products, like the Home Mini, though many of you simply don't need any more Home Minis. However, a Google Express coupon for new customers brings the Home Hub's price down to just $79.20, the lowest price we've seen for Google's smart display yet.

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Google Home Hub bundled with two Home Minis for just $130 at Best Buy

It seems like the Home Hub and Home Mini are the new hot items to bundle together. Earlier this month, the Google Store was selling the Home Hub with two Home Minis for $129, but that deal lasted for less than a day. Best Buy is now offering the same deal (well, technically for 99 cents more) for those of you who missed out on that.

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How to hide, favorite, and share photos from your Google Home Hub (and other Smart Displays)

One of the best uses of the Google Home Hub, or any another Smart Display (Lenovo's or the JBL Link View), is as a smart digital photo album. I've already shared with you the steps to set this up plus tips to make the most of Live Albums, but there are a few new hidden capabilities that make it easier to interact with the photos once they're showing on your Smart Display. In this post, I'll explain how you can ask where and when a photo was taken, add it to your favorites, hide it, and share it directly with one of your contacts.

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Google Home Hub with two Home Minis is $129 from the Google Store ($118 off)

We saw quite a few discounts on Google Home products during Black Friday week, but if you missed those, the Google Store is running a deal that you might be interested in. This time around, it's offering the Home Hub with two Home Minis for just $129 — a savings of $118 off MSRP.

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Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal

Another year, another category of Google-compatible products has flooded the market. A few years ago, it was the Chromecast, then it was the Google Home and Home Mini, and now it's the Google Home Hub. With every first-party release comes a slew of third-party alternatives, boasting the same features, same integrations, same functions, but with different designs and prices. On paper, they should be equal to Google's, but time and time again, we've learned that they're not.

Never though have the lines blurred as much as with the Home Hub and its Lenovo and JBL brethren. They look almost the same, both on the outside and in their interface, and Google pushed them earlier than its Home Hub, advertising them and talking about them as if they were its own.

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Save $80 when you buy a Google Home Hub with select Nest products

Google Home Hub has some neat integrations with various smart home products. You can, for example, use it to adjust thermostats, or see who's at the front door. Google-owned Nest just so happens to make both smart thermostats and smart doorbells, among other things — and right now, you can save 80 bucks by buying a Hub with select Nest products on the Google Store.

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