Home security cameras are common these days, but they’re often spendy. Wyze made waves a while back by offering a basic but effective security camera for just $20. The Wyze cam is now getting some company in the form of a home sensor system that also costs $20.
The Wyze Sense kit ships with a motion sensor and two contact sensors (for doors or windows). There’s also a bridge hub that links the sensors to your Wyze cameras, which you probably already have if you buy the Wyze sensors. Read MoreWyze announces $20 home sensor system to pair with its $20 security camera 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Update 1: 2018/11/30 8:59am PST
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.
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.
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 18.104.22.168+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 1: 2018/11/23 11:55am PST
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.