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Google imagines Home Alone in 2018 with Google Home commercial

Kevin McCallister is home alone… again. A new ad campaign from Google imagines what life would be like if Macaulay Culkin had to defend his home in 2018, but now with help from Google Home.

The ad features the actor revisiting some of the more memorable scenes from the 1990 film; the attention to detail for the set is really awesome, by the way.

Now, instead of freaking out over how he’d defend the house, McCallister relies on Google for assistance. The commercial does a great job of using nostalgia to show off the capabilities of what Google can do for users.

Whether it’s reminders, grocery lists, home automation, or dealing with deliveries, the ad highlights the various ways in which Google Assistant can enhance your life.

Google Home Hub review

Easter Eggs and Fun Stuff

It wouldn’t be Google if it didn’t sneak in a few fun things for us to try. If you have a phone with Google Assistant, or own one of the smart speakers and/or displays, you’ll want to give the following commands a try.

These are available for a limited time.

  • Hey Google, how much do I owe you?
  • Hey Google, did I forget something?
  • Hey Google, the Wet Bandits are here.
  • Hey Google, it’s me Snakes. I got the stuff.
  • Hey Google, I’m the man of the house.

Here’s a quick video with a behind-the-scenes look into creating the commercial.

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This 2-in-1 Smart Plug works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, just $20

If you’ve ever thought about smartening up your home, but don’t quite know where to start, we’ve got a suggestion. Dip your toes into the connected home waters by making your wall outlets smart.

The 2-in-1 Smart Plug from Syncwire is currently offered for just $20 through the AndroidGuys Deals Store and is the perfect starter accessory. In essence, it turns one wall outlet into two, and gives them new levels of control.

Once you’ve got this in place you can use your voice to turn off the box fan or to automatically turn off the plug that your lamp uses. It’s controlled by an app or through voice using Amazon Alexa or Google Home. What’s more, you can also set it up with IFTTT and create rules.

The possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to using smart plugs. Not only can you do fun, interesting, and convenient things, but you can also help cut down on your electric bill, too.

Syncwire 2-in-1 Smart Plug

  • Control multiple devices in a confined area via remote or voice control using the Smart Life app or Alexa or Google Assistant devices
  • Use individually or in groups
  • Create a schedule to automatically turn your appliances on & off to better manage energy
  • Create a group to control multiple devices w/ a single button
  • Share the plug w/ family & friends via app
  • Set up fast w/ your WiFi network — no subscription or hub required
  • Stack in a single outlet without blocking another thanks to the sleek, compact design

One of the best parts about the 2-in-1 Smart Plug is that you can stack it on a standard wall outlet. This turns your two old-fashioned plugs into four, independently operating and smart plugs.


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Accessorize your Google Home or Echo with holiday deals from Ninety7

While a lot of people will end up with their first smart speaker or digital assistant this winter, many folks already have one. Be it a Google Home, Google Home Mini, Amazon Echo, or Amazon Echo Dot, these devices are routinely found in homes and offices.

If you’ve got one of the aforementioned speakers and want to get even more from it, you might be interested in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from Ninety7. Moreover, you would be wise to consider one of these as an accessory to complement the Amazon or Google gifts you’ll be giving this year.

The following items are a great way to transform your smart speaker from something that’s static and tied to a room into a portable speaker that travels.

We recently had the opportunity to review the JOT (listed below) and really enjoy the experience. Things change quite a bit when you can take the small speaker from one room to another and get eight hours of playback.


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Here’s what Ninety7 has in store for us on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Note that the deals listed below will run from November 19 – November 26.

JOT (FOR GOOGLE HOME MINI)

SALE PRICE: $29.95 | Regularly: $34.95

The just-released JOT for Google Home Mini is one of the first portable battery bases available for this popular smart assistant. The device provides rechargeable, cord-free mobility at the user’s fingertips. While small in size, JOT is big on power. JOT features a powerful lithium-ion battery for up to eight hours of unplugged use.

LOFT (FOR GOOGLE HOME)

SALE PRICE: $29.95 | Regularly: $49.95

Highly-rated LOFT for Google Home is a portable battery base allowing users to take their Google assistant anywhere in the home this holiday season. LOFT is one of the few portable solutions offered for the Google Home.

VAUX (FOR AMAZON ECHO DOT)

SALE PRICE: $29.95 | Regularly: $49.95

Give the Amazon Echo Dot the Gift of Portability and Awesome Sound this Holiday Season with VAUX, the best-selling portable speaker designed specifically for the Dot. Designed to enhance the Dot experience, consumers can now unplug and move Alexa around their home while enjoying increased sound quality.

DOX (FOR AMAZON ECHO DOT)

SALE PRICE: $19.95 | Regularly $39.95 

The Ninety7 DOX is a portable battery for the 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Dot, designed to provide rechargeable, cord-free mobility at home or on-the-go at a great price. With up to 10 hours of cordless use, you can unplug and take Alexa anywhere you choose without the hassle of cables and outlets.

SKY TOTE (FOR AMAZON ECHO)

SALE PRICE: $29.95 | Regularly $59.95 

SKY TOTE is a portable battery base accessory for the Amazon Echo 2 that provides cordless freedom, letting you unplug and take Alexa anywhere you choose with the TOTE’s handy handle, portability has never been easier! The powerful, lithium-ion rechargeable battery allows up to 8 unplugged hours of use.

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Google Assistant gains new tricks and features ahead of holidays

Google is adding a host of new features to its AI-powered Google Assistant, making the experience more interactive and smarter than ever. Aimed at improving the experience at home, it makes the Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Hub more compelling gift ideas as the holidays approach.

Family members will now be able to reply to broadcasts, making it more of a two-way conversation, of sorts. Until now, it has been a strictly one-way means of communication — a broadcast. Once rolled out, those who receive a broadcast can send a message back which is transcribed and arrives in the form of a notification.

Cooking a holiday dinner, or any meal for that matter, gets easier with recommended recipes on information cards. These will be populated based on previously searched recipes and will update regularly based on season and time of day. Users who find something interesting can favorite and more easily return to them later.

Alarms become more exciting and informative now with Google Assistant adding content around brands such as LEGO and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These new alarms will include jokes, music, and other signature messages.

Read Along gets a punch-up with sound effects and music being added to select books. Moreover, Google Assistant can read any one of 25 family-friendly titles upon command.

Podcast listeners now have more control over playback with the ability to speed up a show. Simply say something like, “Hey Google, play at twice the speed” and your podcast will do that.

Rounding things out, Google brings routines to the clock app on your Android phones. After dismissing an alarm, for instance, Assistant can begin with a routine such as reading news, providing weather, or turning on pre-set lights. In a related note, Assistant can turn on “do not disturb” mode across all devices with a single command.

Google says these features will roll out slowly to Google Home speakers, smart displays, and Android phones over the coming weeks.

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Samsung teases its foldable smartphone, bad news for Mate 20 fans, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Monday, October 22nd, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, eBay wants to pay you for your smartphone, Digital Wellbeing comes to Google Home, we get bad news about the Mate 20, and Samsung teases its foldable smartphone.

We’d love feedback on this post, so please let us know what you think in the comments. If we can improve in some way, we’d love to know!

You can now sell your smartphone instantly with eBay

It can be a pain if you are trying to quickly sell one of your “old” smartphones in order to buy a new one. While Swappa is one of the best options available, eBay is looking to bring another option to folks.

eBay has announced its new Instant Selling program for smartphones, which allows users to sell their phones immediately. However, instead of getting cash, you will actually receive a voucher which will work on eBay’s own site.

The catch with this program is that you are limited in the devices that are eligible. Currently, you can only sell Samsung devices ranging from the Galaxy S7 to the S9 Plus, provided they are either unlocked or from Verizon or AT&T. eBay plans to bring more eligible devices to the list sometime in November.

Google Home update brings Digital Wellbeing functionality

It seems that Google is really dedicating itself to helping improve the lives of its users with the new Digital Wellbeing initiative. Now that this feature is available for select Android One devices, Google is seemingly bringing it to Google Home owners.

A few Reddit users found a new section in the Google Home settings which adds a Digital Wellbeing section. From this section, you are provided with options for Filters and Downtime.

Unfortunately, there has been no mention of these features becoming available for everyone just yet. Instead, this is probably Google testing things on the backend before flipping the switch for everyone.

Huawei Mate 20 lineup will not be available in the US

Huawei Mate 20

Last week, the Huawei Mate 20 lineup was unveiled to the world, but it seems not everyone in the world will be able to enjoy these handsets. More succinctly, those interested in the Mate 20 here in the US will be left out of the fun.

Huawei confirmed to Business Insider that these devices will not be able to easily purchase the Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro. Instead, you will have to rely on the likes of GearBest or AliExpress if you absolutely must own these smartphones.

Finally, Huawei also revealed that pricing and availability for the new Watch GT will be announced “soon”. At least something good is coming to the states from Huawei.

Honor Magic 2 leak reveals Huawei P20 design with a pop-up camera

Hot off the heels of the Huawei Mate 20 announcement, Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, is set to unveil a flagship device of its own. The Honor Magic 2 has not been announced just yet, but some Chinese celebrities were able to get their hands on the upcoming handset.

In some shared images, it was revealed that the Magic 2 will look strikingly similar to the Huawei P20 lineup. However, there will be a slideout section which reveals a 16MP selfie camera, along with sensors used for 3D facial recognition.

Moving to the rear, there are a total of three cameras, with dual-16MP lenses and a 24MP sensor. Thanks to previous leaks, we have learned that the Magic 2 will sport a 6.4-inch AMOLED display along with the Kirin 980 SoC and 8GB of RAM.

Honor is rumored to announce the handset sometime near the end of October.

Samsung teases release of its foldable dual-screen smartphone

For the past few years, Samsung has continued to tease everyone about a possible release of a foldable smartphone. These started back in 2012 when Samsung showed off a prototype of a flexible AMOLED display.

Unfortunately, we still have yet to see anything substantial, despite a confirmed release from CEO DJ Koh. The latest teaser comes from Samsung’s own Twitter account, which teased the reveal of a new device.

We aren’t sure that this will be the foldable smartphone, but all signs point to this being the case. This reveal is expected to take place on November 7th or 8th during the Samsung Developer Conference.

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Google Home Hub review

First there was the Google Home. Then, the Google Home Mini and Home Max. For 2018 it’s the Google Home Hub.

Unlike its predecessors, the Home Hub is the first product in the smart home line to offer up a full display. It’s the same smarts underneath, and features a a decent speaker, and sounds pretty much like the same experience. It’s not. The Google Home Hub changes the game for Google.

Think back over the last decade or so and chances are good that you’ve either owned or known someone who purchased a digital picture frame. Google Home Hub is that, but so much more.

Almost all of us have at least one Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connected speaker that we like to listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks on. Nothing fancy, just a favorite unit that travels either throughout the house or stays in a convenient location. The Google Home Hub is that, too, but so much more.

Many of us own a smart speaker that we can tap into for reminders, grocery lists, help with cooking or homework, or general search. Google Home Hub is… well, you already know.

Falling Fast in Love

After just a few days with the Home Hub we’ve already come to appreciate it for so many reasons. From the simple, intuitive design to the technical prowess under the hood, it’s one of those devices we can see in each room of the home.

The Home Hub is more compact than you’d imagine, but it doesn’t feel small. It’s comprised of a 7-inch display with a white bezel and a speaker. The former sits in landscape mode at a reclined angle while the latter is your base. The speaker is wrapped in a fabric not unlike what Google has on the Home Mini.

The front side features two far-field microphones, and “Ambient EQ” light sensor. Around back is the volume rocker and the microphone toggle. There’s no camera to be found, but you won’t really need, or miss that option.

The light sensor automatically adjusts brightness and color temperature based on the ambient lighting in environment. Place it in a well-lit kitchen or living room area and it pushes out a brighter image. Dim the lights, or keep it on the nightstand, and it dials things down so they’re not jarring or harsh.

Display

Surprisingly, the display resolution is relatively low at 1024 x 600, which is far less than what you’re getting in today’s smartphones. What’s more, the pictures you’re capturing tend to have exponentially higher pixels. That’s hardly noticeable here as pictures still pop right off and look every bit as sharp as you’d like.

Color balance and saturation are tuned to our liking and we never really felt like we needed to dial something up or back. Brightness, thanks to the sensor, is always what the room calls for and doesn’t distract.

Tips and tricks every Google Home user should know

If for no other reason than to provide a connected digital picture frame, the Google Home Hub is worth the price. Moreover, it’s incredibly simple to set up and work with; it’s a perfect gift idea for grandparents or long-distance family.

Setup

Setting up the Home Hub is incredibly simple, particularly if you’ve already got a device or two in the home. Our process consisted of plugging and following the prompts in the Google Home apps on our phone. All told, we probably spent 3-4 minutes in setup with some of that coming from an update.

The connected device is designed to work as a passive, always-ready, speaker and display. You can leave it alone for days on end and let it cycle through your Google Photos or a collection of curated pictures. Alternatively, you can opt to show one of a few clock options.

Choosing your pictures to showcase can be a lot of fun as all of your shared albums are ready to go. Additionally, you can just let Google do its magic and pick highlights of your gallery, randomly pulling up your best stuff.

Users have control over how often pictures change with a range of five seconds to ten minutes. Changing the album(s) and speed is a breeze; you’re never stuck with anything.

The Google Home app has really improved over the last few releases, adding in options and a more friendly interface. It’s insanely easy to configure your connected speaker or display.

If anything, the Google Home Hub is the easiest device we’ve added to a network. Why? Maybe it’s the visuals that help us see where we are in the process.

What Else?

The Google Home Hub is ready for you to Cast to it. That’s an awesome feature and one we’ve found ourselves using quite a bit. Depending on where you’ve placed the unit you might want to send YouTube TV or Hulu over to it to act as a second or third screen in the room.

You can cast pretty much anything you want to the Home Hub save for Netflix. This isn’t a limitation on the side of Google so much as an Netflix decision. Nevertheless, as much as we’ve enjoyed watching small bursts of news or sports as we go about chores, we don’t see ourselves binge-watching our way through Ozark on it.

Sound is good, but it’s not great. If you’re primarily concerned with pumping out music, you’ll want to pair a separate Bluetooth speaker to it. Generally speaking, we’re okay with the somewhat flat audio experience as it’s right in line with the Google Home or Google Home Mini.

The more we’ve used Google Assistant over the last few years, the more we’ve come to appreciate it. We’ve evolved from having it on our phones as a Google Search/Google Now on steroids to something we often rely for small things.

Today we’re routinely asking Google Assistant about our day, the weather, our appointments, or commute. Getting that information is helpful not only on a phone, but anywhere we happen to be. Having visuals makes that better.

It cannot be overstated how nice it is to see a graphic representation of the weather, or calendar events. Ask how your day looks and you get a map of the route with any slow downs or accidents to accompany the commute details.

We’re going to have a difficult time getting the Home Hub outside of the kitchen. Not only are we enjoying the manner in which recipes look and work, but we’ve asked it to be our oven timer and conversion tool, too.

Although the Home Hub doesn’t have a camera on it, you can use it for Google Duo calls over voice. By contrast, the Lenovo Smart Display does allow for this, and it’s pretty nice to have. We don’t necessarily need it, though, as it’s not a primary means of communication.

As the name implies, the Home Hub does give you control over the various connected items in your home or office. You can’t set everything up directly from within the app, but it’s a solid way of managing things once they are up and running.

Controls can include things such as dimming lights or switches throughout the house, adjusting the thermostat, or viewing Nest doorbells and cameras. Google has done an excellent job of adding in new controls and hardware partners over the last couple of years. Looking ahead we fully expect that to ramp up, particularly now that we have visuals.

Conclusion

The Google Home Hub is a must-have device for those who rely on Google Assistant. For about $20 more than the Google Home you end up with a 7-inch digital display that compliments search and routines.

We like creating groups of speakers and devices so we can play music, podcasts, and other media throughout the home. As we move from room to room in the morning, as part of readying for bed, we appreciate that we can keep up with the news or a book.

Given how easy it is to install and configure, we’re really itching to add devices like these to other rooms. In fact, we’re already looking ahead to the holidays and outfitting the homes of friends and family.

If you’re considering a connected or smart speaker, you absolutely should put the Google Home Hub on your list. Whether it’s your first foray into the world of Google Assistant or if you’re complimenting your current setup with something visual, it’s the stepping off point.

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How to stream audio to multiple rooms through Google Home

Do you own at least two Google Home devices? Any combination of Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max, or Home Hub will suffice. Two of one, one each, whatever.

Did you know that you can create a multi-room playback experience where you can play music and other audio across the whole house?  You’ve already got everything you need to do so.

One of the best things about Google Home units is that they can work independently as well as together. This is great for when you have music, podcasts, audiobooks, or something else you’d like to listen to around the home.

Let’s say you’re cleaning the house on a Saturday morning and you find yourself going from room to room. The last thing you want to do is pause playback for a few minutes at a time; you want that playlist to pump no matter where you are in the house.

If you own multiple Home devices, you definitely want to set things up so you can create multi-room playback. The next time you throw a party or backyard barbecue you’ll have music everywhere and look like a hero.

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Setting this up is as easy as it gets. All you really need to do is open the Google Home and follow a couple of quick steps. Before proceeding, ensure that your audio devices are set up on the same Wi-Fi network and that your phone is connected to it.

  • In the top right of the menu look for Devices icon to see your available audio devices.
  • In the top right corner of the audio device, tap the card menu and create a Group
  • By default the name will be “Home” but you can create anything you’d like by erasing and starting fresh
  • You’ll see all of the speakers and devices on the same WiFi network as your Google Home. Simply tap the box next to the items you want to add to the group.

After a few moments you’ll see the group as a card in the Home app; you’ll be able to control it via voice or cast to it inside of an app. Note that Chromecast audio devices can be added to a group as well as Google Home speakers.

From here you can simply tell your Google Home, or phone, to play a particular song or playlist on your group.

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Google Home review: After nearly two years, is it still worth it?

Google Home is the original Google Assistant enabled smart speaker. When it launched competition didn’t exist. If you wanted an Assistant enabled speaker, it was your only choice. Since then, there have been several Assistant smart speakers released. Your choices are no longer as limited as they once were. Now the question is, how does Google Home compare when it is no longer your only choice?

Design

The Google Home has a neutral design that blends seamlessly into most rooms. It mostly resembles an air freshener in my opinion, and I mean that as a compliment. Google Home simply blends in and won’t draw any extra attention to itself. It is not meant to look like a piece of tech and it excels at this.

A lot of this comes from the color choice and shape of the device. However, if you want yours to stand out you can easily buy replaceable bases and even skins for the top plastic section. The fabric base is held on securely by magnets and is easy to slide off and on. I’m happy to let mine look like a fancy air freshener.

My favorite part of the design would be the hidden LEDs on the top of the unit. The purpose of these is to give you feedback when Assistant is listening, thinking, or speaking to you. There is something so satisfying about watching the four multicolored LEDs light up and dance around. It’s honestly what I miss most when using any other Assistant enabled speaker.

Besides the animated LEDs on the top, there is also a touch sensor for controlling the volume. By running your finger in a circle around the top you can lower or raise the volume as indicated by the white LED volume meter. Then, of course, there is the mute button for the microphone on the back.

Features

Google Home launched with some fantastic features such as controlling your smart home, music playback, alarms, timers, updating you with your daily news and weather, and more. All you had to do was utter the command and like your digital genie, Assistant would light up and do your bidding. Over time it has gained more and more abilities such as making phone calls, adding reminders, playing games, and the list goes on and on.

Read More: 9 Tips and tricks for your Google Assistant speaker

While all Google Assistant smart speakers share essentially the same features, there is one exclusive to the Google speakers. For whatever reason, you can only make calls using the Google Assistant speakers at this time. Asking any other Assistant enabled speaker to make a call will be met with the reply “sorry I can’t make calls yet”.

Microphone Performance

The far-field microphones used in the Google Home speaker are some of the best I’ve ever used. Through my testing of several other smart speakers, I’ve always found the Google Home to be one of the top performers in this category. In fact, it even works better than the one on my smartwatch. Many times when trying to activate my watch only inches from my face Google Home would light up while the watch laid dormant.

Sound Quality

As a bit of an audiophile, I’ve been disappointed in the audio quality of the Google Home speaker since day one. The good news is the Google Home speaker has tons of bass and is very loud. I didn’t expect that given the compact size of this speaker. The bad news is, the bass is overwhelming and it lacks any detail in the high end making audio sound muddy overall.

An overwhelming amount of bass isn’t always a bad thing. For instance, when listening to rap, pop, or dance music it can be nice to feel the impact of the bass. Thankfully, if you’re not enjoying the sound quality of the Google Home speaker, there is a solution. Nearly a year after its release, Google finally added an equalizer option into the settings.

With the ability to tweak the bass and treble you can greatly improve the sound quality. However, even after adjusting the equalizer audio quality still falls short of some other Assistant speakers on the market. While the equalizer is a great feature, it also appears to be another Google speaker exclusive. None of the other speakers I’ve reviewed have included this option.

Final Thoughts

The great thing about smart speakers is they don’t age the same as other tech does. They don’t get slower over time, the battery life doesn’t decline, and a new faster one doesn’t come out every year. That means your smart speaker never gets worse, in fact, it actually gets better over time. Your smart speaker is always evolving as the AI improves and new skills and features are added.

With that said, there is no doubt that Google Home is better now than it has ever been. However, it no longer stands alone and you now have more choices than you have ever had when buying an Assistant enabled speaker.

Read more: Here are all the Google Assistant speakers, headphones, and displays you can buy

My biggest complaint about the Google Home was always the audio quality. However, after the introduction of the equalizer setting Google has almost negated that entirely. There are still slightly better sounding speakers in the same price range, but none are as fully featured as the Google Home. Making it one of the best choices when it comes to buying a midrange smart speaker. If you’re interested in picking one up you can get it from one of the links below.

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Here is a list of all the Google Assistant speakers, headphones, and displays you can buy

When Google Assistant first made the leap from your phone to another device in 2016 your choice was simple. Either buy a Google Home speaker or nothing. Since then times have changed, and the product line has grown from speakers to headphones to even smart displays. There have never been more options than there are today with more always coming.

In the beginning, having just one speaker seemed like plenty but as time has gone on their uses have expanded and so have the reasons to add more. Now, you have the capability to treat them as an intercom system with the broadcast command as well as the ability to use them for whole home audio. If you’re looking to expand your smart home or just beginning, take a look at our list below to get started.

Smart Speakers

Google

The Google Home speaker started it all and has now grown into a trio of speakers including the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. The Google Home Mini is a perfect starter speaker whereas the Google Home has more power and bass. Then there’s Google Home Max which turns it up even further with better audio quality and a higher price of course.

Google Home Mini

 

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Google Home

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Google Home Max

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JBL

Next, we have JBL’s Link series of speakers which rivals that of Google’s offerings with four different speakers at four different price points. Part of JBL’s line up are the Link 10 and Link 20 which are portable Google Assistant speakers. While the Link 300 and 500 are larger stationary speakers for filling your home with audio.

JBL Link 10

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JBL Link 20

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JBL Link 300

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JBL Link 500

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Insignia

The Insignia brand provides a modern take on alarm clocks with two different flavors to choose from. Both are exclusive to Best Buy with the larger more expensive of the two being portable with a built-in battery. These are known to go on sale from time to time and can be picked up at a bargain price if you’re patient.

Insignia voice speaker and alarm clock

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Insignia voice portable smart speaker and alarm clock

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LG

Part of LG’s ever-expanding ThinQ line of devices comes their own Google Assistant speaker. Said to feature Meridian filtering to remove imperfections giving you clearer vocals and enhanced bass.

LG WK7 ThinQ Smart Speaker

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Onkyo

The Onkyo Google Assistant speaker comes from a brand with 70 years experience in hi-fi music. The G3 smart speaker is packed into a resonance tuned wood cabinet with custom two-way drivers and dynamic noise reduction technology.

Onkyo Smart Speaker G3

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Polk

From the audio company Polk comes their Polk Assist smart speaker. Its compact design makes it perfect for placing anywhere around the house and has been designed for room-filling audio.

Polk Audio Assist Smart Speaker

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Sony

Looking surprisingly similar to the Homepod smart speaker from Apple with a clock is the Sony S50G. A unique feature for the S50G are the touch-free controls. With just the wave of your hand, you have the power to change songs or adjust the volume. It also provides you with 360 degrees of sound and has an IPX3 splashproof rating.

S50G

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Headphones

Bose

Often considered the best of the best when it comes to noise canceling headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II is an updated version of the originals with Google Assistant support. If you’re looking for over the ear Assistant enabled headphones with noise cancellation this is your best bet.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II

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Google

The Pixel Buds were the first pair of Google Assistant enabled headphones to be released. Made by Google themselves this pair of Bluetooth headphones had mixed reviews to say the least. Often compared to Apple’s Airpods the Pixel Buds are not truly wireless but do include a charging case much like the Airpods.

Pixel Buds

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JBL

Much like JBL’s Link series of smart speakers they are all about giving you options. This time in a trio of headphones coming in different sizes and price points. The Everest 110GA is for all of you who prefer smaller lightweight earbuds. While the Everest 310GA offer a larger on-ear design and the Everest 710GA are even larger with an over-ear design.

Everest 110GA

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Everest 310GA

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Everest 710GA

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Smart Displays

JBL

The JBL Link View is the second smart speaker officially released and comes with an 8-inch display with two 10w speakers on either side. JBL’s offering looks a bit bulkier than the one from Lenovo but features two speakers for a more power and stereo sound.

JBL Link View

JBL Link View

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Lenovo

Lenovo was the first official smart display to be released for Google Assistant. It comes in two variants an 8-inch and 10-inch model. The 8-inch includes an HD display while the 10-inch features a full HD display. Both only include one 10w speaker.

Lenovo Smart Display 8-inch

Lenovo Smart Display

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Lenovo Smart Display 10-inch

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Best deals on Verizon right now (December 2017)

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to get gifting and find the presents for your family and friends. If you haven’t picked them out yet, maybe you’d like to take a look at Verizon’s list of discounts for the season. America’s biggest carrier is offering promotional prices on a lot of products, as […]

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