Latest smart home news

Is Samsung making a Galaxy Home Mini? FCC filing suggests yes
Is Samsung making a Galaxy Home Mini? FCC filing suggests yes By Maggie Tillman

Last year, Samsung debuted its own smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, which has yet to ship, but we're already learning about a follow-up device.... Read more

Google Assistant comes to Bose smart speakers and new Home Speaker 300
Google Assistant comes to Bose smart speakers and new Home Speaker 300 By Maggie Tillman

If you already own a compatible Bose smart speakers or soundbar, the device will automatically receive a software update that brings Google Assistant.... Read more

Amazon Echo vs Plus vs Dot vs Show vs Spot: What's the difference?
Amazon Echo vs Plus vs Dot vs Show vs Spot: What's the difference? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has a range of Echo devices, but we'll guide you through them on so you can decide which is the the best Echo Read more

Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p with a Music Unlimited Family Plan
Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p with a Music Unlimited Family Plan By Rik Henderson

You can get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p if you sign up to an Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan for £14.99 a month.... Read more

Google rolls out new homescreen style for Smart Displays
Google rolls out new homescreen style for Smart Displays By Dan Grabham

Google is rolling out a new homescreen for existing Smart Displays like Google's own Home Hub (now called Nest Hub) and third-party examples.... Read more

New LG AI chip and neural engine will drive its smart home products in future
New LG AI chip and neural engine will drive its smart home products in future By Rik Henderson

LG has announced its own AI chip that is designed for use in future smart home products.It will work with proprietary LG Neural Engine technology, also... Read more

Cygnett brings its smart bulbs and plugs to the UK
Cygnett brings its smart bulbs and plugs to the UK By Dan Grabham

Cygnett is bringing its Wi-Fi bulbs and smart plugs to the UK. The company says that in October it will expand the range.... Read more

Alexa Guard explained: How it works and how to get it for your Echo device
Alexa Guard explained: How it works and how to get it for your Echo device By Maggie Tillman

You could pay hundreds and perhaps thousands for a smart home security system. Or you could just use the Echo device you already own.... Read more

Sky Broadband Buddy gives families more control over their internet use
Sky Broadband Buddy gives families more control over their internet use By Rik Henderson

Sky has announced a new app and add-on for its broadband service that is designed to help families control their internet use without having to navigate... Read more

Ring's video doorbell and spotlight are about to support Apple HomeKit
Ring's video doorbell and spotlight are about to support Apple HomeKit By Maggie Tillman

If you own a Ring product and use it primarily with an Apple device, you'll be happy to hear HomeKit support is finally about to arrive.... Read more

Google Nest Thermostat tips and tricks: Get the most out of your learning thermostat
Google Nest Thermostat tips and tricks: Get the most out of your learning thermostat By Britta O'Boyle

Here are all our tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Nest Learning Thermostat.... Read more

Hive adds detection zones, thumbnails and sounds to View Indoor and Outdoor cameras
Hive adds detection zones, thumbnails and sounds to View Indoor and Outdoor cameras By Chris Hall

Hive has pushed an update to increase the functionality of the Hive View cameras, meaning they are a little smarter.... Read more

Philips Hue's new Zones feature lets you group multiple bulbs in different areas
Philips Hue's new Zones feature lets you group multiple bulbs in different areas By Maggie Tillman

Philips has updated its Hue system, giving customers a much-needed new feature.... Read more

Sonos One and Beam smart speakers in US to get Google Assistant next week
Sonos One and Beam smart speakers in US to get Google Assistant next week By Maggie Tillman

Sonos has quietly confirmed it will launch support for Google Assistant on its smart speakers as soon as next week - so, mid-May 2019.... Read more

Amazon surprises us all with Blink XT2 that's cheaper than its first outdoor cam
Amazon surprises us all with Blink XT2 that's cheaper than its first outdoor cam By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has quietly announced a new smart camera under a brand it acquired a couple years ago.... Read more

Google Assistant is always listening: How to delete your Assistant recordings
Google Assistant is always listening: How to delete your Assistant recordings By Britta O'Boyle

Anything you say after "Hey Google" or "OK Google" is recorded and saved by Google. Don't worry though, you can delete them. Here's how.... Read more

Alexa is always listening: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings
Alexa is always listening: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings By Chris Hall

If you're worried about your privacy or want to remove a recorded conversation, we have all the details... Read more

Google smart displays: What devices are there and what do they offer?
Google smart displays: What devices are there and what do they offer? By Cam Bunton

Smart displays from Google rival the Amazon Echo Show - but what do they do?... Read more

Google merges Nest and Home brands
Google merges Nest and Home brands By Chris Hall

At Google I/O, the company has announced that the Nest brand is being deeper integrated into Google, effectively combining Nest and Google Home brands... Read more

Google Nest Hub Max integrates a Nest Cam to one-up Amazon Echo Show
Google Nest Hub Max integrates a Nest Cam to one-up Amazon Echo Show By Chris Hall

Google has announced its second smart display, the Nest Hub Max.... Read more

Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker is still on the way, honest
Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker is still on the way, honest By Dan Grabham

Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker is still en route to a store near you.That's according to SamMobile, who claims it has spoken to a source that says... Read more

The most bonkers smart products that you don't need or do you?
The most bonkers smart products that you don't need or do you? By Adrian Willings

Come with us as we journey through a world of smart technology that nobody needs. A selection of weird and wonderful devices you'll either love or hate.... Read more

Thinking of buying a robot vacuum, the Roborock E35 offers incredible value for money (special offer now)
Thinking of buying a robot vacuum, the Roborock E35 offers incredible value for money (special offer now) By Pocket-lint Promotion

Letting a robot vacuum cleaner handle your floor cleaning chores is a tremendous idea. Come home to a freshly vacuumed floor every day, or set the machine... Read more

Five reasons we will all have a robot vacuum cleaner by 2025
Five reasons we will all have a robot vacuum cleaner by 2025 By Pocket-lint Promotion

Robot vacuum cleaners are the future. Except, even better, you can buy one now. Here are five reasons why you should.... Read more

Best Google Home deals: Save £60 on Google Home, £55 on Home Hub and £20 on Google Home Mini
Best Google Home deals: Save £60 on Google Home, £55 on Home Hub and £20 on Google Home Mini By Chris Hall

The best prices on Google Home devices: Over 45 per cent off the Google Home, 40 per cent off Home Mini, 32 per cent discount on the Home Hub.... Read more

This is what Arlo's leaked smart video doorbell looks like
This is what Arlo's leaked smart video doorbell looks like By Maggie Tillman

Arlo, a smart home accessory maker that sells an audio doorbell, appears to be working on a smart video doorbell.... Read more

Ring Video Doorbell tips and tricks: Become the ultimate Ring master
Ring Video Doorbell tips and tricks: Become the ultimate Ring master By Chris Hall

Ring is one of the stars of the smart home and here are the best tips and tricks to get the most out of your Video Doorbell... Read more

Facebook is working on an Alexa-like voice assistant
Facebook is working on an Alexa-like voice assistant By Cam Bunton

A report claims Facebook is working on a voice assistant designed to compete with Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.... Read more

Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to have multibillion-dollar failures to succeed
Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to have multibillion-dollar failures to succeed By Dan Grabham

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to "occasionally have multibillion-dollar failures" so that the company is "experimenting at the right... Read more

Apple HomePod 2: What we want to see in Apple's second-gen smart speaker
Apple HomePod 2: What we want to see in Apple's second-gen smart speaker By Dan Grabham

Apple’s HomePod sounds fantastic but the common criticism – including in our own HomePod review – was that the implementation of Siri leaves a little... Read more

Sometimes, people at Amazon listen to what you tell Alexa
Sometimes, people at Amazon listen to what you tell Alexa By Dan Grabham

A team of actual living people listen to selected Alexa commands as part of a process intended to help Amazon learn more about what people are asking... Read more

Google Wifi drops to £99/$99, multipacks also cheaper
Google Wifi drops to £99/$99, multipacks also cheaper By Dan Grabham

Google has dropped the price of Google Wifi, its add-on mesh network device, which may mean a new model is on the way. It's now down to £99 in the UK... Read more

Wow! Amazon Echo Show now has £30 off, save £25 on Echo Spot
Wow! Amazon Echo Show now has £30 off, save £25 on Echo Spot By Rik Henderson

Amazon slashes the price of its own products regularly. And that includes the Echo Show in time for Easter.... Read more

How to get Apple Music on your Amazon Echo
How to get Apple Music on your Amazon Echo By Maggie Tillman

Apple Music is now on Amazon Echo.... Read more

Apple Music comes to Echo devices in the UK and Ireland
Apple Music comes to Echo devices in the UK and Ireland By Dan Grabham

Amazon has told us that Apple Music integration has been enabled on UK-based Echo devices from today.... Read more

How to voice shop at Walmart using Google Assistant
How to voice shop at Walmart using Google Assistant By Maggie Tillman

This partnership will allow you to easily voice shop at Walmart through your Google Assistant device, whether that's your phone or smart speaker.... Read more

Whoops! Google leaks mystery Nest Hub Max smart display on its store
Whoops! Google leaks mystery Nest Hub Max smart display on its store By Maggie Tillman

Google made a major slip-up today when it updated the connected home part of the Google Store.... Read more

What is a mesh network and how can it dramatically improve your home Wi-Fi?
What is a mesh network and how can it dramatically improve your home Wi-Fi? By Rik Henderson

Using a mesh network system can ensure your entire home has great wireless internet throughout. We explain how.... Read more

Plume mesh network system now available to all UK customers, new PowerPod included
Plume mesh network system now available to all UK customers, new PowerPod included By Rik Henderson

After a brief stint as a TalkTalk exclusive, the Plume mesh networking system is now available to all UK customers.... Read more

The 4K HDR wire-free security system Arlo Ultra is now available to buy
The 4K HDR wire-free security system Arlo Ultra is now available to buy By Chris Hall

After a launch delay, Arlo's flagship camera is now available... Read more

Google Home Max discounted by $100
Google Home Max discounted by $100 By Dan Grabham

$100 off the Google Home Max this March... Read more

Dyson's latest V11 cordless vacuum cleaner uses AI to clean
Dyson's latest V11 cordless vacuum cleaner uses AI to clean By Stuart Miles

The new cordless vacuum cleaner has a number of design tweaks and performance changes over last year's model.... Read more

Dyson Pure Cool Me provides clean air just for you, doesn't care about anyone else in the room
Dyson Pure Cool Me provides clean air just for you, doesn't care about anyone else in the room By Stuart Miles

The Pure Cool Me features a different design to the company’s previous fans and air purifiers, more resembling some of the desktop robots of late.... Read more

Dyson Lightcycle task lamp changes as the day progresses
Dyson Lightcycle task lamp changes as the day progresses By Stuart Miles

Dyson has launched a new lamp that will change the colour of the white light it emits throughout the day based on location and time.... Read more

Sonos Ikea Symfonisk speakers will be revealed in April
Sonos Ikea Symfonisk speakers will be revealed in April By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos and Ikea will finally reveal the first products within the Symfonisk range during the Milan furniture show, which takes place between 9-14 April.The... Read more

Virgin Media's Intelligent Wi-Fi promises significant speed improvements
Virgin Media's Intelligent Wi-Fi promises significant speed improvements By Dan Grabham

Virgin Media has rolled out new features to customers to deliver a significant Wi-Fi speed increase - up to three times to some devices. Intelligent WiFi... Read more

Google adds Continued Conversation, Interpreter Mode and more to Smart Displays, here's how to use them
Google adds Continued Conversation, Interpreter Mode and more to Smart Displays, here's how to use them By Britta O'Boyle

Google has added a number of features to all of its smart displays in a recent update. Here's what's new and how to use the latest features.... Read more

How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing
How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing By Maggie Tillman

Once you’ve enabled it, Alexa will announce the artist and name of every song before it plays.... Read more

Husqvarna launches Alexa-enabled robotic mower with AWD
Husqvarna launches Alexa-enabled robotic mower with AWD By Maggie Tillman

Husqvarna announces the release of Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD, an AI-enabled robotic mower with all-wheel drive and smart home connectivity.... Read more

Amazon stops selling physical Dash buttons because of Alexa shopping and auto-ordering
Amazon stops selling physical Dash buttons because of Alexa shopping and auto-ordering By Dan Grabham

Amazon has stopped sales of its physical Dash buttons, saying that the convenience of them has largely been replaced by new ways to shop.... Read more

Broadband providers must quote peak time and minimum speeds, under new Ofcom rules
Broadband providers must quote peak time and minimum speeds, under new Ofcom rules By Rik Henderson

If your new broadband falls below a quoted minimum speed you are allowed to cancel the contract with no penalty.... Read more

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