August Smart Lock on sale for $100 ($50 off) at Amazon

Did you lock the door? Are you sure? The only way to be positive is to go and check, and walking is such a hassle. A smart lock like the one offered by August can fix that. It’s on sale today on Amazon for $99.99, which is $50 less than MSRP.

The August lock is unique among smart door locks because it doesn’t replace your existing deadbolt. It just attaches on top of the lock to open it manually when triggered. Read MoreAugust Smart Lock on sale for $100 ($50 off) at Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more

The Lenovo Smart Display was our first taste of Assistant’s screen-first experience, but the Home Hub came out more recently with new features. The other smart displays aren’t dead, though. Lenovo is rolling out the “R5” update today that adds some refinements and new features to the display.

Lenovo was good enough to include a detailed changelog, so here it is.

UPDATED COOKBOOK FEATURE
Planning meals just got easier. Cookbook is your virtual cookbook that allows you to find recipes on your smart display and save them for later. Read MoreLenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

10-inch Lenovo Smart Display down to $160 ($90 off) at Best Buy

Lenovo’s Smart Display was the first Assistant-powered screen on the market, but it wasn’t cheap. Luckily, the price has come down somewhat over the last few months. It even got as low as $150 at Costco on Black Friday. Today’s sale isn’t quite that low, but it’s close at $160.

Like all Assistant displays, the Lenovo unit gives you the full suite of Google Home voice commands. In addition, you can interact with Assistant and control smart home devices with the touchscreen. Read More10-inch Lenovo Smart Display down to $160 ($90 off) at Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Ikea's cheap Tradfri smart outlets are now available in a few countries

Ikea’s Trådfri (I just discovered that my keyboard has this weird å character) line-up is one of the cheapest smart home lighting systems, costing only a few bucks per light bulb on average. It started out with limited bulb options, but has expanded to offer light panels, drivers for LED lights, and has just added smart outlets as well. These were announced a while back, but weren’t available to buy until recently. Read MoreIkea’s cheap Tradfri smart outlets are now available in a few countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Arlo announces the Arlo Ultra security camera with 4K HDR video, coming early 2019 starting at $400 [Update]

Update 1: 2018/11/30 8:59am PST

Best Buy

Arlo, a recently spun-off Netgear business, has been making wireless security cameras for several years. We’ve covered the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 a lot because they’re far and away the best fully wireless cameras on the market, but the current offerings top out at 1080p. That changes with the upcoming Arlo Ultra. These cameras, expected in early 2019, will sport 4K HDR video, a spotlight, color night vision, and more. Read MoreArlo announces the Arlo Ultra security camera with 4K HDR video, coming early 2019 starting at $400 [Update] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Save $80 when you buy a Google Home Hub with select Nest products

Google Home Hub has some neat integrations with various smart home products. You can, for example, use it to adjust thermostats, or see who’s at the front door. Google-owned Nest just so happens to make both smart thermostats and smart doorbells, among other things — and right now, you can save 80 bucks by buying a Hub with select Nest products on the Google Store.

The promotion applies when you buy a Google Home Hub with any of a bunch of Nest products, including security cameras, thermostats, and the Hello smart doorbell. Read MoreSave $80 when you buy a Google Home Hub with select Nest products was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display updates bring touch alarms and more

Both the Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display have received updates that make them better alarm clocks: you can now set alarms by touch, without the need to talk to the devices. The new functionality comes in firmware version 4.4.1.16+prod on the Lenovo display and version 1.36 on the Home Hub — although the 1.36 update is currently only available for Hubs enrolled in the Google’s Preview Program.

Of course, the updates bring other functionality too. Read MoreGoogle Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display updates bring touch alarms and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now live] Arlo adding animal, vehicle, and package detection to Arlo Smart plans

Update 1: 2018/11/23 11:55am PST

Now live

Arlo’s cameras didn’t have any of the AI-powered features of their wired competitors for a long time, but the company started testing those capabilities in 2017. Arlo Smart finally rolled out earlier this year, but it was missing some of the detection features from the beta. Now, the compnay appears to have worked out the issues and plans to add several more detection capabilities to Arlo Smart soon. Read More[Update: Now live] Arlo adding animal, vehicle, and package detection to Arlo Smart plans was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can pick up a refurbished 1st-generation Amazon Echo for just $50 ($30 off)

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.

Arlo adding animal, vehicle, and package detection to Arlo Smart plans

Arlo’s cameras didn’t have any of the AI-powered features of their wires competitors for a long time, but the company started testing those capabilities in 2017. Arlo Smart finally rolled out earlier this year, but it was missing some of the detection features from the beta. Now, Arlo appears to have worked out the issues and plans to add several more detection capabilities to Arlo Smart soon.

At launch, Arlo Smart includes person detection, e911, cloud activity zones, and improved notifications. Read MoreArlo adding animal, vehicle, and package detection to Arlo Smart plans was written by the awesome team at Android Police.