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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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Lenovo VP teases world's first 5G phone, says it'll have a Snapdragon 855

We've been hearing about 5G-related things for quite some time now. The only thing with "5G' in its name that has officially been released is AT&T's, but as we already know, that's complete and utter BS. However, a Lenovo executive recently posted that Lenovo would have the world's first 5G phone.

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Google is offering 3 free months of YouTube Premium if you own a Lenovo Smart Display (US only)

The Lenovo Smart Display is officially on sale, and Google is offering a perk for anyone who purchases either the 8" or 10" model of the Assistant with a screen: a free three-month trial of YouTube Premium (formerly Red). However, as is normally the case with these things, there's fine print to mind. And it's worth noting that this deal isn't anything that we haven't seen before.

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Lenovo will launch the first Assistant smart displays July 27th

Google has teased Assistant devices with a screen, including one from Lenovo, but they've all been theoretical until now. Lenovo and Google have teamed up to bring the first Assistant smart displays to market. The aptly named Lenovo Smart Display will launch tomorrow in two different sizes. It's the Assistant you know but with some cool extra features.

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LineageOS announces new leadership, a custom recovery, and support for more devices

The last time we covered LineageOS, the most popular custom Android ROM, it started supporting a handful of new devices with Android 8.1 builds. The project published Changelog 19 yesterday, which goes over some recent changes to the ROM and the community supporting it. There are some leadership changes, more newly-supported devices, and a new custom recovery.

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Lenovo Tab4 series is set to get Android 8.1 Oreo in November 2018

Android tablet lovers have fewer and fewer options nowadays, and it doesn't help that these tablets often get relegated to the back of the update priority list. Samsung just recently began rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its Galaxy Tab S3, the Huawei MediaPad M5 ships with Oreo too, but Lenovo's most recent tablets, the Tab4 series, are still on Nougat 7.1. There's hope though, if you're very patient.

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Moto Z3 Play announced with Snapdragon 636 and dual cameras, comes bundled with battery Moto Mod for $499

Lenovo-owned Motorola hasn't exactly set the world alight with the modular accessories made for its Moto Z line, yet here is the first of the 3rd generation in the much-maligned phone range. For better or worse, Moto is going to make a real go of these Moto Mods, and in a bid to get them into people's hands, the new Moto Z3 Play will even come bundled with an unsolicited Moto Power Pack mod.

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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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The Lenovo Z5 is official, and it has a screen notch after all [Update]

Lenovo's Chinese phone releases are not usually big international news, but this time was different. The company's teasers seemed to promise an all-screen design without a notch. That would certainly be refreshing in this day and age. However, the Z5 has been announced, and it looks like every other phone unveiled in the last six months. There's a notch, a glass back, and a chin.

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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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