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Lenovo and Google teamed up to create the Smart Display, a smart home hub with a screen that takes direct aim at the $230 Amazon Echo Show.
The Smart Display comes in two sizes — 8″ for $200 and 10″ for $250 — and has an HD screen, two speakers, and a modern design that doesn’t scream “tech.”
Lenovo’s hardware and Google’s Assistant are a perfect match.
The Smart Display has a Google Chromecast built into it too, so you can watch videos or listen to music from dozens of services using apps on your smartphone or tablet.
The Smart Display is easily the best smart home hub I’ve tested — I’m a long-time Amazon Echo fan, but I’m considering a switch to Google’s side.
Late last year, Google removed the ability to directly play YouTube videos using Alexa on Amazon’s Echo Show, which escalated a small rift between the two companies — Amazon pulled the Chromecast from its stores a couple of years earlier — into a public feud. In December 2017, Amazon said it would carry Chromecasts (and Apple TVs) again (it hasn’t yet). Amazon also announced plans to pull items from the Google-owned Nest from its store this past March.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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