Update 1: 2019/05/14 6:03am PDT
Google and Sonos have announced that a software update will roll out today in the US to the One and Beam speakers, adding built-in support for Google Assistant.
Update 2: 2019/07/02 3:50pm PDT
As promised, the countries that Sonos said would receive the Assistant update in July are now getting it. Those countries are Australia, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the
In October of 2017, Sonos introduced the One speaker with Alexa built in, but it promised Assistant would be coming the next year. Read More[Update: Assistant hits more countries] Sonos will roll out Google Assistant to the One and Beam next week, 19 months after it first teased it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Smart lights are so convenient: They can obey your voice commands, be programmed to turn on or off by themselves, work together with motion detectors to light up when someone’s in the room and can create a relaxing atmosphere when coupled with other bulbs. However, the best way to produce a lovely setting with lights is by using colors. I love to use my Hue Iris and Lightstrip to design a dimmed ambiance with shades of blue in my living room when I want to relax. Read MoreAdd a little color to your home with this $36 Philips Hue smart bulb ($14 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Music streaming is a popular use for smart speakers, but the particular speaker you have dictates which services you have access to. Amazon’s speakers are getting better in that regard in the near future, as the company has announced that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices later this year.
Availability of Apple Music is a fairly big deal, as it was previously only streaming on Apple’s pricey HomePod speakers. Read MoreApple Music is coming to Amazon Echo devices in December was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Back in 2016, an absolute madman hacked a Big Mouth Billy Bass to speak using the Alexa API. It was weird. The soulless monsters at Gemmy Industries evidently took notice, though, and have engineered an official Alexa-powered singing fish to bring to market. What have we wrought?
You can inflict the Speaking Sensation on a loved one or mortal enemy for $39.99 — talk about a bargain. He connects to Echo devices over Bluetooth, and will dance to any music you put on. Read MoreForget Skynet: Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa is the tech hell we deserve was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Watching online content on your TV something that everyone seems to be doing these days. If you don’t have a Roku or a Smart TV with built-in apps to watch your favorite shows or movies from Netflix, Hulu, ESPN or Prime Video, Amazon’s 20% discount on its Fire Stick 4K & Echo Dot bundle may be exactly what you need! The Fire Stick 4K is the perfect device for watching all the online content you want, but having the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundled with it means you’ll also get an AI assistant built into the little speaker that will play music for you, add items to your shopping list, purchase things directly from Amazon or give you voice control of your smart appliances.
On its own, the Fire Stick 4Kand the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) will each set you back $49.99 – saving you $20 when you purchase them together. Having more than one Echo Dot in my house, I can definitely say that this is the perfect pre-holiday gift for yourself or a family member who hasn’t yet embraced the streaming and digital assistant lifestyle.
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A smart speaker is a sensible place to start when building a smart home setup. If you’re not sure the cost of entry will be worth it, though, this deal may speak to you: Amazon has refurbished units of its first-generation Echo speaker for just 50 bucks, $30 off its historical price of $79.99.
The Echo launched at $180, which isn’t an insignificant ask; $49.99 isn’t nearly as steep. And while yes, this is the older Echo, the newer one doesn’t have any advantage when it comes to functionality — it’s pretty much the same product in a prettier package. Read MoreYou can pick up a refurbished 1st-generation Amazon Echo for just $50 ($30 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Nvidia continues to improve the Shield TV experience, now offering users another way to control their Android TV box. Assistant support has been around for a little while now, but Alexa is joining the party thanks to a new skill. Simply activate said skill, link your Nvidia account, and you can start controlling your Shield with your Echo or other Alexa devices.
Alexa can control things like power, volume, media playback, and navigation. Read MoreYou can now control your NVIDIA SHIELD TV with Alexa was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/10/17 7:01am PDT
Facebook has clarified that data such as call length and frequency of calls can be used to target ads. Recode reports that the social media platform reached
While Facebook’s video calling smart home devices have long been in the works, the wake of another major data privacy scandal doesn’t feel like the best time for a product launch. But perhaps Facebook just couldn’t wait any longer — after all, it was reportedly supposed to debut the new products earlier this year, but held off due to bad press from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Read More[Update: Data collected after all] Facebook reveals Portal video calling devices, assures public they were ‘built with privacy’ in mind was written by the awesome team at Android Police.