Prime Day 2019 is going strong on its second day, with early reports of vastly higher sales volumes than past years, for Amazon and the roughly 250 additional merchants who joined in. Shoppers are buying smart home devices in record numbers. The increase in sales is likely due in part to Walmart and Google’s aggressive partnership for the summer sales event. By cutting prices more than two weeks before Prime Day began on Google Nest smart home products, the joint Walmart and Google effort may have given Amazon extra incentive for its Amazon Echo smart home deals. Finding great deals isn’t only about looking at the lowest price – although that’s a huge part of the hunt. We also want to compare deals on the most popular products across platforms, and in this post, we’re looking at the Amazon Echo and the Google Home smart speakers. Earlier today, we compared the best Prime Day deals on the Google Home Mini versus the Amazon Echo Dot. We also evaluated the … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Prime Day deal is better?
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The 4K UHD Smart Cam revolution is finally here. With a tsunami of solid, but similar full HD security cameras landing on the shelves of electronics stores over the last few years, we’ve been patiently waiting for the next wave of innovation. Last year’s Nest Cam IQ Outdoor came close, boasting a 4K sensor with HDR and a swathe of goodies including facial recognition and smart tracking, but even that device displayed video at 1080p resolution. With smart homes now packing multiple 4K TVs and UHD smartphone displays, it’s time for smart cams to step up to the plate and deliver new levels of image clarity and detail. Impressive, UHD, field-of-view Leading the way is the all-new Arlo Ultra 4K series. Priced from $400 for a single camera with the new Ultra Smart Hub, this next-generation device is packed with the latest smart cam tech. A half-inch, 8-megapixel image sensor promises crystal-clear images at 3840 x 2160 resolution (1080p and 720p video modes are … [Read more...] about Arlo Ultra 4K Smart Camera Review
Did you recently buy a Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max or Home Hub? It’s time to set up your brand new smart speaker or smart display. These devices can do a whole lot, from playing music to reading the weather to controlling your smart home devices — and all you need to do to get the attention of Google Assistant is to say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.” We break down how to set up your Google Home, so you can get started with all the things this product can do. 1. (In case it’s not obvious) plug it in To get started, first plug your Google Home device into the wall. There is no power button on the Google Home, so as long as it’s plugged into an outlet, it’s automatically on. Wait a few minutes for it to light up, and it will then begin looking for your phone to set up a connection. Keep your phone on hand, so you’ll know when the two are ready to be synced. 2. Download the Google Home app Whether you use an iPhone … [Read more...] about Google Home setup: How to get your Google Home, Home Mini, or Hub up and running
Google has made it so all its smart home products work nearly seamlessly together, and it all stems from the brains of the operation: Google Home ($99 at Walmart). With one of Google's smart speakers, you can adjust the temperature of a Nest thermostat, control Nest security ($499 at HP) cameras, and stream your favorite shows on Chromecast ($24 at eBay), without ever lifting a finger.There's also something Google Home can do that you might not have known. It can turn on almost any TV. Here's how.Check your TV for CEC supportTo turn on your television with Google Home, you need two things: a Chromecast and a newer television that supports CEC.A Chromecast by itself can power on your TV through a feature called CEC or Consumer Electronics Control. In short, if you enable this feature on your TV, it allows you to control the television through various HDMI devices. For instance, your Xbox, PlayStation or Blu-ray player can toggle the power of your television, and in the case of … [Read more...] about How to turn on your TV with Google Home
Choosing what smart home products are right for you is really about choosing the right voice assistant. With Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod all using separate assistants, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. On the one hand, Amazon Alexa offers a huge range of integration. There are tons of smart plugs, smart bulbs, TVs, cars, and microwaves that work with Alexa — making it the most widely integrated of the three. On the other hand, though Google Assistant is still a bit behind, a lot of people prefer interactions with this A.I. over Alexa. Whether you’re in the market for an Echo or a Google Home smart speaker, the price is likely going to end up playing a big role in your purchasing decision. Amazon and Walmart are both offering generous discounts on smart home bundles, speakers, and displays right now. With discounts up to $65, now is a great time to add a little extra smart to your home. Amazon Echo Deals Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod get generous discounts