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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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10" Lenovo Smart Display discounted to $150 ($100 off) at multiple retailers, 8" model down to $100 ($100 off)

Lenovo's Smart Display has been discounted quite often as of late, but the deals are often restricted to members of a certain store or are only available in limited quantities. Several retailers are currently offering the 10" model for $149.99 and the 8" model for $99.99, meaning that both have had their prices cut by $100.

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Hurry: Lenovo 10" Smart Display is just $99 (60% off) in-store at some Walmart locations

The larger 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display is currently marked down to $99 at certain Walmart stores. That's down from an original price of $250 and is a whole $51 lower than last week's $150 deal at Costco. While the Walmart website still lists it at $180, BrickSeek shows the discounted price. About half the locations around me show availability at $99, with units in stock. This deal may not last too long, though, so you'll want to rush to the nearest Walmart if you're interested in getting one.

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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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Google Assistant gains flight check-ins, hotel booking, Interpreter Mode, and broadens lockscreen support

Google Assistant is the belle of the ball at CES 2019, with hardware partnerships popping up left, right, and center. What better time, then, for Google to announce a slew of shiny new features for the increasingly (artificially) intelligent helper? Among the updates comes flight check-ins, hotel booking, a new language interpreter mode, and the extension of Assistant on the lockscreen to all Android phones.

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Lenovo's Smart Clock is an adorably tiny display with Google Assistant

Amazon unveiled the clock-sized Echo Spot last year, as a smaller alternative to the Echo Show. We haven't seen any similarly-sized devices running Google's smart display platform, but Lenovo just unveiled something similar — the Smart Clock.

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KitchenAid Smart Display has a 10" display, IPX5 rating, and Yummly

After seeing Google Assistant Smart Displays from Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Google, it's now time for another big electronics maker to join the fray: KitchenAid. Wait, what? OK, see, there's a simple explanation: KitchenAid is owned by Whirlpool. No, still doesn't make sense. Well, Ryne called the Lenovo Smart Display "the best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher" and our best guess is KitchenAid read that and thought, " Nah, we can do better."

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LG ThinQ View smart display review: It's $250, loud, and kind of ugly

Google Assistant-powered smart displays all do pretty much the same things, and, except for the Google Home Hub, run identical software on similar internal hardware. That uniformity leaves device-specific critiques to nuances in external hardware, and while LG's ThinQ View display doesn't outright fail in any respect, for $250, its functional similarity to cheaper, prettier devices makes it a bad buy.

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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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Lenovo fixes Smart Display low-volume bug, update coming soon

Over the past month or so, a strange bug has been affecting the Lenovo Smart Display. In some cases, voice responses from Google Assistant would start at 0% volume, then slowly raise to the actual volume after a few words. Multiple owners have reported the bug, including our own Artem (#artemsluck), but Lenovo says the glitch has finally been fixed.

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