Tag Archive: ‘Smart


Smart displays can do a lot — these are our top six favorite ones

Whether you’re just starting out with your smart home or have been building it up for a while, a smart display (or two) can be the perfect addition. A smart display is essentially a Google Assistant or Alexa speaker with a screen attached to it, allowing you to perform your usual array of voice commands while also watching YouTube videos, following recipes, and more. The smart display we recommend the most is the Nest Hub Max, but if  [Read More…]

Which big smart screen is right for you? Nest Hub Max or Amazon Echo Show

The Nest Hub Max takes all that was great about the Nest Hub and scales it up. Amazon has taken a similar approach with its Echo Show line. We’ll talk through the pros and cons of each to help you decide which you should get.

Nest Hub Max

Nest to the MAX

$ 230 at B&H

Pros Face Match feature is cool Physical mic and camera cover switch Google Photos integration for a smart frame  [Read More…]

ANNKE HD Smart Wireless PT Camera review

Ask five people to define home security and you’ll likely get five different answers. Each of us has a different idea as to what peace of mind and security means. Moreover, each of us has our own respective budgets to work with, too.

Brands like Nest, Honeywell, and Ring offer excellent products but they can get pretty costly. And while they do tend to integrate nicely with smart homes, not everyone needs that.

Fortunately, we no longer need to spend  [Read More…]

Move media from one Cast or Smart Display to another with Google’s Stream Transfer

Google may finally be fixing one of my biggest gripes with Chromecast and the new Smart Displays. Today the company introduce Stream Transfers. This new feature is something many of us with multiple Cast-enabled devices have been asking for since release.

Stream Transfer will allow you to move audio, video, and podcasts playback from one device to another in your Home setup. For instance, let’s say you are watching a video on your TV, but you want to move to  [Read More…]

Google’s making it easier to move multimedia between smart speakers

Stream transfer is rolling out to Assistant-enabled gadgets right now.

What you need to know You can transfer audio from apps like YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. Transfer video streams from YouTube from room to room with the new feature. Stream transfer is rolling out to all Google Assistant-enabled devices starting October 8.

Today, October 8, Google announced in a blog post a new feature called “stream transfer.” The feature will allow you to tell your  [Read More…]

Android TV vs. Roku: Which smart TV platform is right for you?

Best for Roku Roku Ultra

$ 98 at Amazon

Pros 4K HDR streaming Works with Google Assistant and Alexa Lost remote function Huge selection of apps/channels Cheaper Roku options available Cons UI isn’t as sleek as Android TV Much weaker gaming features

If you’re more of a Roku person, the Roku Ultra is the best way to experience the platform. You get 4K HDR streaming, a powerful remote, and a bunch more. If the Ultra is  [Read More…]

What’s the holdup with Netflix and Google Smart Displays?

Google has a new range of devices that are very important to its future hardware plans. The smart display is a new venue for the company to literally present Google Assistant to users with a great out-of-the-box experience. However, these devices are also amazing Google Cast units as well, but one major partner is missing: Netflix.

What’s Missing?

While you can watch most streaming apps like Hulu, YouTube, and Plex via Cast on any Nest Hub (previously Google Home Hub),  [Read More…]

Google working on a fix for Lenovo Smart Displays stuck in update loop

Google is making it a top priority.

What you need to know Lenovo Smart Displays are experiencing an issue with an update sending them into a continuous boot loop. Some users have had luck with resetting the device using the Home app. Google is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

Lenovo was the first to the market with a Google Assistant smart display. It offered two different convenient sizes and an attractive modern  [Read More…]

Google Photos now lets you manage your smart display with ‘Photo frames’

Manage what photos are shown on your smart display with this new shortcut.

What you need to know The Photo frames feature is rolling out to Google Photos. The new shortcut allows you to manage what photos and albums are shown on your smart display or connected TV. Photo frames is a feature that already existed, but it previously required you to dig into the Home app to find the settings.

We’re learning of a new feature  [Read More…]

What’s the best-sounding Alexa smart speaker? Echo Studio or Sonos One?

Amazon Echo Studio

Alexa goes Hi-Fi

$ 200 at Amazon

Pros Multi-directional, immersive sound Supports multi-room audio Can be paired with another Echo Studio or Fire TV Supports multiple music services and Apple Airplay 2 Physical microphone mute switch Cons First gen product Most expensive Echo device

After years of making decent sounding smart speakers, Amazon has finally heeded the call for a high-end, Hi-Fi home for Alexa. The Echo Studio features five speakers for  [Read More…]