Category: Smart Home

Google Home Max is Getting an Update That Will Significantly Reduce Audio Latency

For users of Google’s $400 Google Home Max smart speaker, you may notice a slight issue with the audio jack on the back. When you plug a 3.5mm audio source into the speaker, there’s a […]

First Wave of Google Assistant-Powered Smart Displays Are Coming in July

Google confirmed today during its I/O 2018 keynote that the initial wave of Smart Displays powered by the Google Assistant will arrive in July. We first heard of the displays back at CES 2018 with […]

Amazon Announces New Echo Dot Kids Edition with FreeTime on Alexa

Amazon has made some kid-friendly announcements today. In a press release, the company unveiled its new Echo Dot Kids Edition. Coming in a $79.99, the device works and acts the same way a typical Echo […]

You Can Now Broadcast Messages Across Amazon Echos with Alexa

Amazon has announced it’s adding a new feature that lets users broadcast voice messages across all Echos in a household using Alexa. It’s similar to the feature Google added to its Home ecosystem in which […]

You Can Now Use Bluetooth Speakers with the Google Home

Google has announced it’s rolling out an update to its various Home smart speakers that make them compatible with your existing collection of Bluetooth speakers. This means that within the Home app on iOS and Android, […]

Amazon Alexa Can Now Send SMS from Your Android Phone

Amazon has updated its Alexa app for Android (via TechCrunch) with the ability to use the voice assistant from an Echo to send SMS messages from your phone number. The feature needs to be enabled […]

Apple’s HomePod to Launch February 9th, Preorders Start Friday

Apple debuted its HomePod smart speaker last year during WWDC 2017. Since then, we haven’t heard nearly anything regarding when we might expect the device to launch. It was originally said the speaker would land […]

Facebook is Reportedly Releasing an Echo Show Competitor This Year

According to a new report out of Cheddar, Facebook is gearing up to introduce a new device that will directly compete with Amazon’s Echo Show. Allegedly called Portal, the device will feature a screen and […]

Google is Taking Over Your Home with Smart Displays Powered by the Google Assistant

Google wants your home. Bad. We’ve seen evidence of this motive before with the Google Home lineup of devices, and now at CES 2018, we’re seeing even more lengths the company is going to try and […]

Lenovo Smart Display is the First Home Hub with a Touchscreen and Google Assistant

Today at CES 2018, Lenovo took the wraps off its new Smart Display. It’s essentially a competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show in which it comes with a digital assistant for performing commands and has a […]

LG Unveils ThinQ Google Assistant Speaker Ahead of CES 2018

LG today unveiled its new ThinQ smart speaker ahead of CES 2018 where the device will be on display. While we don’t know much about the speaker, we do know it’ll be powered by the […]

Samsung’s Bixby-Powered Smart Speaker Will Reportedly Launch Next Year

A new report out of Bloomberg cites sources who say Samsung’s upcoming Bixby-powered smart speaker will launch “as early as next year.” The device comes after the company was reported to have shelved the device for […]

You Can Now Stream Spotify with Amazon’s Echo in Every Room of Your Home

Amazon has added Spotify to the list of music services supported by its multi-room playback feature with the Echo. This comes after the feature had initially become available in August with the likes of iHeartRadio, […]

Google Home Max Officially Launches for $399

Yesterday, we reported that retailers such as Verizon and Best Buy were beginning to sell the new Google Home Max, an upgraded version of the Home smart speaker originally unveiled last year. It wasn’t known when […]

The Google Home Max is On Sale at Best Buy and Verizon for $399

Before Google got a chance to launch it, Best Buy and Verizon have already started selling the Google Home Max for $399. The company originally said the device would launch in December, but they’ve been […]

Google is Bringing Play and Pause Back to the Home Mini in a More Secure Way

Before the Google Home Mini could even launch, Google had to pull one of its features out of security. This feature, the ability to play and pause audio by touching the top of the device, […]

Google Pulls YouTube from the Echo Show and Fire TV Amidst Battle with Amazon

Google has pulled YouTube once again from the Echo Show after initially bringing the service back to the Amazon smart speaker a matter of weeks ago. But not only is the platform no longer on […]

Amazon Echo Show Can Display YouTube Videos Again

Back in September, Google pulled YouTube from Amazon’s Echo Show for “violating our terms of service” and “creating a broken user experience” when the retailer built its own interface for displaying videos from the service. […]

You Can Now Buy a PRODUCT(RED) Amazon Echo

Amazon recently updated its Echo with a new design, better speakers, and a fresh price point of $99. But it looks like the company isn’t done with the home smart speaker for 2017. According to […]