Tag Archive: Home


Google Home v2.6 brings huge redesign, in-app smart home controls

Google’s Home app is looking better than ever.

While Google’s Home line of smart speakers has been outstanding ever since the first Google Home, the companion Home app has never been fantastic. Thankfully, with the v2.6 update that’s rolling out now, Google’s made the best version of it yet.

The new Home tab is what you’ll see upon open the app, and here you’ve got quick controls for toggling your smart lights on/off, playing music on any  [Read More…]

This $20 OtterBox case will turn your Google Home Mini into Mickey Mouse

Oh boy.

The Google Home Mickey has arrived. For $ 20, this OtterBox case transforms your miniature home assistant into your favorite mouse-cot.

The rubber non-slip base props your Google Home Mini up whilst giving it ears and Mickey’s red suspenders. It also makes the power cord look like a tail, for added adorableness.

As of press time, the case is listed on the OtterBox website. It was out of stock earlier, but seems to be available  [Read More…]

Should you buy the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) or a Google Home Mini?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We live and breathe smart home technology, so if you’re just stepping into this exciting new tech space, we’re here to help set you in the right direction.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen)

Our Pick

$ 50 at Amazon

Pros Supports speakers with Bluetooth or 3.5mm connection. Fresh design with a fabric finish. Easy to connect multiple Echo speakers. Cons Lacks some features  [Read More…]

Google Home Hub hands-on: The perfect compact bedside gadget

No camera, but plenty to look at.

I’ve been living with a Lenovo Smart Display for around two months now and it’s quickly become as indispensable as my coffee maker and frying pans. It sits in my kitchen, in view but not in the way, waiting for me to ask it to play The Daily Podcast or give me the weather forecast. When I am following a new recipe, I tend to bring it up on the  [Read More…]

Hot Take: Google debuts new Pixels, Google Home Hub

Join us as we sit down and discuss some of the hot tech topics out there today. The Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub, Pixel Stand, and Pixel 3 and 3 XL were announced at an event in New York today and we explain what exactly the company is doing in today’s market and more.

What we talked about today Google unveils its own Chrome OS tablet, the Pixel Slate Google Home Hub is Google’s first smart display Google debuts Pixel  [Read More…]

Google Home Hub vs. Lenovo Smart Display: Which should you buy?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. All of our homes are Connected Homes, and we use our combined experience to make the best recommendations for your needs.

Google Home Hub

Bedside Companion

$ 149 at Best Buy

Pros Compact design Crisp display Cons Rear-firing speakers limit where you can place this hub

With it’s super simple and compact design, Google made it clear this is the smart display  [Read More…]

Google Home Hub is Google’s first smart display

Google is ready to jump feet first into the smart display market with the Google Home Hub. It includes a 7-inch display, 2 far-field microphones, Bluetooth 5, ambient EQ light sensor, and comes in 4 colors.

The 7-inch display features some rather large bezels and is held up by the stand which also  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) vs. Google Home: Which should you buy?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We live and breathe smart home technology, so if you’re just stepping into this exciting new tech space we’re here to help set you in the right direction.

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen)

Got it all

$ 149.99 at Amazon

Pros Half the size of the previous generation Fresh design with a fabric finish Built-in Zigbee hub Bluetooth and line-out for speakers Cons  [Read More…]

Amazon Alexa’s app redesign makes navigating your smart home easier

This is happy. Alexa, do not play Despacito.

With Amazon’s huge lineup of smart devices, all new generations coming out, and new toolkits giving developers even more freedom to experiment, the Alexa voice assistant has firmly entrenched herself as one of the top voice control smart home systems around. The primary way to control Alexa, outside of yelling at her (be nice!), is through the free app. Now that app is getting a face-lift and it’s looking better than  [Read More…]

Google’s ‘Smart TV Kit’ leaks, includes Home Mini and 3rd-gen Chromecast

What? A leaked Google product?

Google’s big hardware event is nearly upon us, and leading up to this, we’ve already learned a lot about the Pixel 3, Pixelbook 2, and Home Hub. Now, we have eyes on a new “Smart TV Kit” that’ll bundle a Google Home Mini and 3rd-generation Chromecast.

You can actually purchase a similar bundle at Walmart that includes a Home Mini and current 2nd-gen Chromecast, but this new bundle comes with the 3rd-gen  [Read More…]