Google Home v2.8 adds Routines button to home screen, deep linking to Nest app [APK Download]

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screen-Shot-2018-12-12-at-11.41.31-PM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-532806" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screen-Shot-2018-12-12-at-11.41.31-PM-728x347.png" alt="" width="668" height="318" /></a></p> <p>The Google Home app only gets an update around once a month, but that generally means that more changes are implemented each time. With version 2.8, a Routines button has been added to the home screen, and there's now a deep link to the Nest app in the Thermostat and Camera sections.</p> <p><span id="more-532805"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screenshot_20181212-202710.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-532810" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screenshot_20181212-202710-329x695.jpg" alt="" width="329" height="695" /></a> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screenshot_20181212-202734.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-532809 size-medium" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screenshot_20181212-202734-329x676.png" width="329" height="676" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center"><em><strong>Left: </strong>v2.7. <strong>Right:</strong> v2.8. Yes, Artem has a TV in his bathroom.</em></p> <p>The Routines...

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Lenovo fixes Smart Display low-volume bug, update coming soon

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DSC05471-2.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-506563" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DSC05471-2-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Over the past month or so, a strange bug has been affecting the Lenovo Smart Display. In some cases, voice responses from Google Assistant would start at 0% volume, then slowly raise to the actual volume after a few words. Multiple owners have reported the bug, including our own Artem (#artemsluck), but Lenovo says the glitch has finally been fixed.<span id="more-532804"></span></p> <p>On the main thread for bug reports, Lenovo has responded with the following statement:</p> <blockquote><p><em>Hi Everyone,</em></p> <p><em>Thank you for confirming that the issue still has not been resolved.</em></p></blockquote><div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/lenovo-fixes-smart-display-low-volume-bug-update-coming-soon/"...

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Lenovo’s 8-inch Smart Display has dropped to $100 again

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DSC05579.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-507286" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DSC05579-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>One of this year's hot Black Friday items, at least in the Google tech circle, was <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/24/lenovo-smart-display-8-half-price-100-best-buy-early-black-friday-deal/">Lenovo's 8-inch Smart Display for $100</a>. Google's own Home Hub was the same price, but Lenovo's model has better speakers and a camera for Duo video calls. If you missed out on the original sale, the display has once again dropped to $99.99.<span id="more-532800"></span></p> <p>You can read our full review of the Lenovo Smart Display <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/12/lenovo-smart-display-review-best-new-kitchen-appliance-since-dishwasher/">here</a>, but long story short, it's a Google Assistant speaker with a screen.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/lenovos-8-smart-display-has-dropped-to-100-again/" class="read-more">Read...

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Amazon finally starts selling Chromecasts, one year after it promised to stock them

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screenshot_2018-12-12-Amazon-com-Google-Chromecast-Ultra-Electronics.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-532796" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screenshot_2018-12-12-Amazon-com-Google-Chromecast-Ultra-Electronics-728x335.png" alt="" width="668" height="307" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/14/amazon-will-start-selling-chromecast-apple-tv-pulling-2015/">Amazon pulled the Chromecast from its online store in 2015</a>, after it instated a new rule that only streaming devices that supported Prime Video could be sold. Of course, Amazon itself dictates if Prime Video is available for a given platform, so many saw that as a thinly-veiled attempt to boost sales of Fire TV products. Three years after they were pulled, and <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/14/amazon-will-start-selling-chromecast-apple-tv-pulling-2015/">a year after Amazon said they would re-appear</a>, Chromecasts are finally back on Amazon.com.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/amazon-finally-starts-selling-the-chromecast-one-year-after-it-promised-to-stock-them/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/amazon-finally-starts-selling-the-chromecast-one-year-after-it-promised-to-stock-them/'>Amazon finally starts selling Chromecasts,...

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Pokémon Go player vs player Trainer Battles now rolling out to users

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been detailing Pokémon GO’s long-awaited support for player vs player battles. Prior to today, we knew a lot about how the battles feature would work, but details were sparse on exact release information. Now, that support for Pokémon GO battles has started rolling out. Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip Niantic announced […]

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JBL’s T450BT Bluetooth headphones are $30 ($20 off) right now

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/JBL-T450BT-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-532792" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/JBL-T450BT-hero-728x400.png" alt="" width="668" height="367" /></a></p> <p>If you recently upgraded to a headphone jack-less phone and you don't want to spend much on Bluetooth headphones, today might be your lucky day. Right now, JBL's T450BT on-ear Bluetooth headphones can be purchased for $29.95 — a $20 drop from the usual price.<span id="more-532789"></span></p> <p>These headphones were also $30 on Amazon during Black Friday, but beyond that, they rarely drop below ~$45. The T450BT has an advertised battery life of "up to 11 hours," with built-in music playback controls and a microphone.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/jbls-t450bt-bluetooth-headphones-are-30-20-off-right-now/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/jbls-t450bt-bluetooth-headphones-are-30-20-off-right-now/'>JBL's...

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[Update: Rolling out] Niantic bringing PvP to ‘Pokémon GO’ by year’s end

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/11/30 8:56am PST Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/niantic-bringing-pvp-pokemon-go-years-end/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/11/30 8:56am PST</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">The official Pokémon GO Twitter account teases the upcoming PvP mode</span> </div> </a> </li><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/12/12 7:05pm PST Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/niantic-bringing-pvp-pokemon-go-years-end/#2"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_2"> 2</span>: 2018/12/12 7:05pm PST</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Rolling out</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_pokemon-go-mew.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-482226" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_pokemon-go-mew-728x364.png" alt="" width="668" height="334" /></a></p> <p>In a recent <a href="https://www.gram.pl/artykul/2018/08/03/ingress-pokemon-go-i-harry-potter-wywiad-z-anne-beuttenmuller-z-niantic.shtml">Gram Magazine</a> interview with the European head of product marketing for Niantic, <a href="https://plus.google.com/+AnneBeuttenm%C3%BCller">Anne Beuttenmüller</a> revealed that <em>Pokémon GO</em> is finally going to get a player-versus-player mechanic,...

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[Update: Now $1,234] The high-end Google Pixelbook (Core i7/512GB) is just $1,275 ($374 off) on Amazon, extra 10% discount for Prime Student members

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/12/12 4:36pm PST Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/12/the-high-end-google-pixelbook-core-i7-512gb-is-just-1275-374-off-on-amazon-extra-10-discount-for-prime-student-members/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/12/12 4:36pm PST</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">The price has dropped even further to $1,234. This is the lowest price we've seen the i7 Pixelbook at by far, so it might be worth consideration if you've been</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Pixelbook-chromebook-outside-with-phone-portrait-hero.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-510030" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Pixelbook-chromebook-outside-with-phone-portrait-hero-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>The vast majority of Pixelbook buyers out there won't need a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, but if you're one of the few who do, you're in luck. Amazon is currently...

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Motorola One and Moto X4 get Android Pie in the U.S.

The international Motorola One variant received its Android 9 Pie update a few weeks ago. Now, device owners in the U.S. can get their hands on Google’s latest Android update this week. Better yet, Android 9 Pie is also rolling out to the Moto X4 in the U.S. this week. Oddly enough, Motorola’s U.S. software updates […]

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Google Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/travel-playmoji.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-532770" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/travel-playmoji.png" alt="" width="728" height="409" /></a></p> <p>When the Pixel 3 debuted two months back, Google made sure its new flagship lineup was adorned with all the latest bells and whistles, introducing us to a whole bunch of new features in the process. From the get-go, we were curious to learn <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/13/pixel-3-features-coming-older-pixel-phones-will-remain-exclusive/">which of these might also make their way to older Pixel phones</a>, and when. Over the past few weeks more and more have been expanding to new devices, and the latest to spread the love is Playground and its Playmoji packs, now...

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10 tech-focused stocking stuffer ideas for under $10

Amazon No one has an unlimited budget for buying Christmas gifts, but if you are like most folks, your wallet may be down to next to nothing after you finish buying the big presents for your family and friends. However, the good news is that you can still get them some nice stocking stuffers as […]

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