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More than 20,000 smart home products are now supported by Alexa

Friday, September 21st, 2018

If you have ever wondered how many smart home products work with Amazon Alexa, the answer is a lot. Alongside announcements for new Echo speakers and other devices, Amazon revealed that over 20,000 smart home products from more than 3,5000 brands can be controlled by Alexa.

"Amazon is making it easier every day for developers and device makers to create new experiences for customers with Alexa," the company writes on its developer website.

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More than 20,000 smart home products are now supported by Alexa was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon expands Alexa ecosystem with new smart-home hardware: Microwave, Subwoofer, Smart Plug, and more

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

In addition to Alexa-powered standalone hardware in the Echo series, Amazon also announced a whole bunch of Alexa-integrated products. From a new AmazonBasics-branded smart microwave to the Amazon Smart Plug, there are tons of new auxiliary devices landing for the Alexa ecosystem in the next few months.

The Echo branding is getting a bit diluted these days, and with the torrent of hardware announcements from Amazon today, we thought it best to break things into at least three categories: Standalone Alexa/Echo hardware, Alexa accessories, and Fire TV stuff.

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Amazon expands Alexa ecosystem with new smart-home hardware: Microwave, Subwoofer, Smart Plug, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon introduces Echo Auto alongside refreshed Echo Dot, Plus, and Show

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Today Amazon took the wraps off a tremendous pile of Echo and Alexa-related hardware. Chief among the standalone Echo devices are the redesigned Echo Dot, Plus, and Show, as well as a slightly mysterious invitation-based Echo Auto. As expected, they're mostly incremental improvements, with better and louder sound or added Zigbee hub functionality.

Amazon's Alexa is one of the most popular and widely used digital assistants out there, and now it has a whole new generation of hardware available for pre-order.

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Amazon introduces Echo Auto alongside refreshed Echo Dot, Plus, and Show was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Smart displays aren't for everyone. They're not exactly tablets, but they look like ones and are both less and more useful, depending on how you look at them. With far superior sound and always listening mics, they act as a smart speaker for your home; but without real apps or a fully functional browser, you hit some roadblocks while using them and wish they could do just a little bit more.

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JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon reportedly plans to release a bunch of new Alexa-enabled devices this year — including a microwave

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Amazon is planning to release a whole bunch of new Alexa-enabled devices this year, including — naturally — a microwave oven, according to a report from CNBC. Per the report, the company intends to release at least eight new devices controllable by its digital assistant by year's end. Other planned devices include audio components, like an amplifier and receiver.

As silly as it might sound, a smart microwave isn't that outlandish.

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Amazon reportedly plans to release a bunch of new Alexa-enabled devices this year — including a microwave was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Smart Control down to $53 on Amazon

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Our entertainment setups are getting more and more complicated nowadays. You start with the TV as an essential, then can expand to include sound systems, DVD/Blu-Ray players, cable TV and other set-top boxes, gaming systems, and more. If you don't want to juggle remotes and lose half of them to the hungry couch, you need something like the Harmony remotes. They replace all your remotes with one and, today, you can grab one for a smidgen over $50.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Smart Control down to $53 on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TP-Link announces Kasa smart power strip with 6 independently controlled plugs

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

There are plenty of options for turning your regular AC outlet into a smart plug, and you might even be able to turn it into two smart outlets with the right solution. The latest smart plug from TP-Link's Kasa brand is much bigger. The HS300 power strip offers six smart outlets, all controlled via the Kasa app or your favorite voice assistant.

The product is pretty straightforward for those with a passing familiarity with smart outlets.

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TP-Link announces Kasa smart power strip with 6 independently controlled plugs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest Secure now lets you enable motion sensors while you’re at home

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Nest Secure launched last year with a hefty price tag and slick operation, but it was a little lacking in features. Nest has dropped the price and pushed out feature updates to address user concerns, but one notable omission has escaped Nest's attention until now. In the latest version of the Nest app, you can finally enable motion detection while you're at home.

Nest Secure has two armed modes. There's Home and Guarding, which you'd usually enable while at home at night.

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Nest Secure now lets you enable motion sensors while you're at home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Ring Video Doorbell 2 on sale for $160 ($40 off) at Amazon

Monday, September 10th, 2018

With all the technology at our disposal in this day and age, you shouldn't have to get up to find out who's at the door. A video doorbell like the Ring can help you monitor your home and let you chat with visitors even if you're not at home. These devices can be a little spendy, but the Ring Doorbell 2 is on sale right now for just $159.98.

Like most other security cameras, the Ring Doorbell 2 has 1080p video and infrared night vision.

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[Deal Alert] Ring Video Doorbell 2 on sale for $160 ($40 off) at Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

IFTTT gets Sonos support at last, also adds new channels for Anyware Services and Mui

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Sonos is a well-established player in the multi-room audio space with a reputation for exceptional sound, but its products haven't always played nice with other services. The walled garden approach doesn't appear to have had much of a negative impact, but even so, the company is starting to get with the times and partner with other platforms to improve the experience for users. This latest integration will be the icing on the cake for many.

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IFTTT gets Sonos support at last, also adds new channels for Anyware Services and Mui was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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