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Here’s everything with Google Assistant revealed at CES 2021

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This year’s ESC was different than usual, but like every year, there was a mountain of new devices for the smart home. The Google Assistant is the source of many ads, whether it’s for TVs, Chromebooks, Wi-Fi cameras, or anything else.

Every year we close out CES with a review of all the products with Google Assistant. There are fewer announcements than usual this time, but you may have missed a few anyway.

Konka

Konka, a Shenzhen-based electronics company, announced a range of smart TVs at CES. Most will use LG’s webOS, but the high-end Q7 Pro series with Quantum Dot will run on Android TV – and therefore have Google Assistant. The 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch models will be available from April through May.

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Konka will also sell the H3 series of small and medium-sized TVs, which are also powered by Android TV. They feature a voice-activated remote control, a no-name design and a personal audio system via Bluetooth 5.0. Prices are also unknown, but the H3 series will ship in April and May in sizes 32 and 34.

C of GE/Cync

General Electric has already launched several smart home products under the C by GE brand, including light bulbs that connect directly to the Google Home application. GE’s smart-home division was sold to Savant Systems last year, and at CES Savant unveiled a new brand and several new products.

C by GE is now called Cync, and at CES the brand unveiled a smart new outdoor power outlet, with two outlets in a waterproof housing. It connects to the hub via Bluetooth and supports Alexa and Google Assistant. Smart outdoor plugs are nothing new, but more options never hurt anyone. The outer series will be released in March.

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In May, Cync will also launch an indoor camera that has the distinction of being a privacy shutter. It has a microSD card slot for local recordings and an optional subscription service for backing up recordings to the cloud. Cync’s announcement didn’t explicitly mention whether the camera will connect via Assistant and Alexa, but it seems likely.

Finally, the Smart Switch Fan Speed Smart will be released in June. It replaces the standard wall fan switch and probably works without the hub connected. You will be able to control the connected fan with a physical button or the Cync app, and Alexa/Assistant will likely be supported as well.

JBL

Submarine Harman JBL made a lot of announcements at CES. We talked about all the new headsets, speakers and sound bars in the above post, but not all of them have a Google Assistant. JBL Tour One in-ear earphones support Alexa and Google Assistant, have 50 hours of battery life (or 25 hours with ANC enabled), four microphones, USB C charging, auto play/pause and adjustable volumes via the JBL Headphones app. It costs $299.95 when published on the 30th. Mai is coming out.

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There are also JBL Tour Pro+ True Wireless headphones, which are compatible with Alexa and Assistant. They offer 8 hours of battery life (or 6 hours with ANC activated), 6.8mm dynamic drivers, IPX4 sweat resistance and touch controls. They will cost $199.95 when they are released on the 30th. It can happen.

If the Tour series is too expensive for you, JBL has also announced four new products in the Live line. There are two in-ear headphones, the Live 660NC for $199.95 and the Live 460NC for $129.95, which offer up to 50 hours of playback and Alexa/Assistant support. The only difference is that the 660 has adaptive noise reduction and the 460 does not. There are also the truly wireless Live Pro+ earphones for $179.99 and the free NC+ for $149.95, which offer C-type recharging, up to 7 hours of battery life and support for Google’s fast pairing.

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JBL also showed another pair of true wireless headphones, the Reflect Mini NC TWS (great name, guys). Designed for training and outdoor use, they feature IPX7 water protection, ANC support, up to 7 hours of playback time and Google Fast Pair support. They work with both Alexa and Google Assistant.

Finally, the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam was announced, which has four passive radiators (but no subwoofer) and supports virtual Dolby ATMOS. It works with Alexa Multi-Room Music Groups, Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Bluetooth. It will be available this spring for $399.95.

Aromeo

I’m not sure if anyone has ever said that I really need a fragrance diffuser that fits in my phone, but that’s exactly what Aromeo announced at CES. Aromeo Sense combines scents, lights and music (the latter played by a connected device) to supposedly make you feel calmer.

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Aromeo wrote that aromatherapy works thanks to a diffuser body that allows the waterless diffusion of 3 capsules of natural perfume from plants and non-toxic ingredients. Colored light therapy is provided by a 40 LED light ring around the diffuser. Aromeo Diffuser works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.

Sony

At CES, Sony announced two new home speakers, the SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000. The most interesting (at least in terms of design) is the RA5000, which looks a bit like an electric shaver. The three speakers are designed to help distribute music, along with three other mid-range speakers and a subwoofer for low frequencies.

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Both the RA5000 and RA3000 are compatible with Chromecast and Alexa multiroom audio systems. The SRS-RA5000 will cost £500 (€599) when it launches in February, while the SRS-RA3000 will be available for £280 (€359) in the same month.

In addition to the nice speakers, Sony also announced a new series of Bravia XR televisions. They are among the first smart TVs to be equipped with the updated Google TV software, which is also used in the new Chromecast, which supports Assistant. The TVs also feature HDMI 2.1, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Automatic Low Latcy Mode (ALLM) and Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC).

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Sony doesn’t have any information on pricing or availability of the new Bravia TVs yet, but don’t expect them to be cheap.

Roborock

Roborock has released more than a few popular intelligent robot vacuums, such as the Roborock S6, which we rated 8/10 in our review last year. The company announced at CES the new Roborock S7 vacuum cleaner with a completely new combination of sonic cleaning (50 Hz vibrations up to 3,000 times per minute) and an intelligent mop lift system.

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Roborock is currently developing a self-cleaning docking station that will be compatible with many vacuum cleaners, starting with the Roborock S7. The vacuum will be available from the 24th. March is available on Amazon and works with Google Assistant and Alexa.

Lockly

Lockly has announced two new smart door locks that are compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa. Lockly Duo combines a deadbolt and latch in a single lock that has both a PIN pad and application/cloud control. There is also the Lockly Guard, which is designed for sliding and hinged doors.

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The Duo will be available in the first quarter of this year for $400, and the Guard will come in the second quarter of 2021 for $500.

Eufy

Eufy, a smart home company owned by Anker, announced at CES two products that work with both Google Assistant and Alexa. The Eufy L80 robot vacuum cleaner will clean your home with laser navigation and 2x2000Pa suction when it becomes available in June 2021.

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TP-Link

TP-Link already sells dozens of smart home products that are compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, and there are more to come. There is a Kasa Smart doorbell (KD110) with 1080p, local recording on microSD and optional cloud storage. TP-Link also announced a new Kasa Cam outdoor camera (KC420WS) with color night vision and IP65 water resistance, as well as an upgrade to the Kasa Spot Pan Tilt camera (KC410S) that can record 2K video.

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There’s also a Kasa Smart dimmer (KS220M) with motion activation that automatically synchronizes lighting with the time of day, and a Kasa Smart Wi-Fi (KP401) outdoor socket with built-in power amplifier. The latter is a single-plug variant of the socket-outlet that will be launched in 2019.

TP-Link has not yet announced the exact price and availability of the advertised products, but they are all expected to launch later this year.

Philips Hue

Mean unveiled at CES several new smart home products under the Philips Hue brand that would be compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa. The Philips Hue Amaranth linear spot adds ambience to outdoor walls, the Philips Hue Appear outdoor lamp has an updated stainless steel finish, and the updated Philips Hue dimmer allows you to control Hue bulbs without an application.

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The product that has received the most attention is the Philips Hue Module wall switch, which is designed to convert existing switches into smart bulbs without losing the functionality of the wall (for example, the bulb does not become inaccessible when the physical switch is turned off).

The Philips Hue Amaranth will be available in Europe from January 26 (or March 2 in North America) for $169.99/€149.99, the wall switch module will be available in Europe in the spring (summer in NA) for $39.95/€39.95 and the dimmer switch will be available in Europe on January 26 (February 23 in NA) for $24.99/€19.95.

Twinkly

Twinkly is currently best known for its intelligent light chains, and the company announced several upcoming products at CES. Twinkly Line is a set of intelligent LED light strips, with a basic set of 100 RGB LEDs and available expansions that add 100 more lights each. You can adjust the lighting through the Twinkly application and change the settings through the Google Wizard. Twinkly says the light fixture in the second. It will be available in the fourth quarter of 2021, but the price is not yet known.

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Twinkly also plans to bring two more intelligent lighting products to market. There’s Twinkly Flex, a ribbon of 200 lights that can be bent and curved at your convenience, and in the second half, there’s Twinkly Flex, a ribbon of 200 lights that can be bent and curved at your convenience. It will be published in the second quarter of 2021. Twinkley Squares is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter. It will launch in the fourth quarter of 2021 and will compete directly with Nanoleaf lighting.

Arlo

All Arlo products are compatible with Alexa’s Voice Assistant, and at CES the company discovered something new: a doorbell without an actual bell. The Arlo Contactless Video Intercom uses proximity sensors to detect a person approaching the door and activates a beep and light to let the visitor know you called.

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Arlo also introduced the new Arlo Essential Indoor Camera, which features a privacy mode that can automatically turn off motion detection, video and audio at certain times (like when everyone is home). Prices and availability of both products have not yet been announced.

TCL

Most TCL televisions use the Roku operating system, but it was revealed to CES that the company will release at least one model with the latest Google TV software (including Google Assistant) later in 2021.

V-Moda

Earphone manufacturer V-Moda announced at CES a new pair of wireless in-ear earphones, the M-200 ANC. They feature active noise cancellation, customizable design plates, 40mm drivers, up to 20 hours of battery life, C-type charging system, aptX and AAC support, and Bluetooth 5.0.

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V-Moda’s product page isn’t incredibly accurate, but it looks like the M-200 ANC will have the same Google Assistant integration as the Pixel Buds and JBL Everest 710GA headphones. The V-Moda M-200 ANC is now available via the link below.

D-Link

Networking company D-Link announced at CES a new intelligent water sensor that is compatible with Google Assistant. The Whole House Wi-Fi Smart Water Sensor Kit (DCH-S1621KT) consists of a central hub and a battery-powered sensor, and can detect water leakage due to heavy rainfall or equipment failure. Once a leak is detected, the siren and strobe light and notifications are sent to the smartphone app and assistant speakers.

D-Link has also unveiled a 2K QHD Pan & Zoom outdoor Wi-Fi camera (DCS-8635LH), just in case there aren’t enough smart security cameras to choose from. It has a 360-degree view, an AI people detection system, a vehicle detection system and a speaker siren.

Samsung

Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook was considered one of the best Chrome OS devices ever made, but there were frequent issues with battery life and average battery temperature. This time, Samsung announces the launch of the smaller Galaxy Chromebook 2.

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The Galaxy Chromebook 2 will be available in two hardware configurations, with Celeron or Core i3 processor, both with 1080p display and Wi-Fi 6. The Celeron model costs $549 and the i3.699 version costs $549.

Acer

Acer has released some great Chromebooks over the years, and the company announced several new models at CES. The Chromebook Spin 514 is a high-end option with AMD Ryzen technology, up to 16GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and a 1080p touchscreen. Prices will start at $480 when released in the US next month and in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in March.

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The Spin 514 complements the Chromebook Spin 513, which will be released in North America next month but was announced a few months ago. It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c chipset instead of the Ryzen processor. When it becomes available next month for $399.99 (or this month in EMEA), you can equip it with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Acer is also planning to release a new desktop for the Chrome operating system, which was also announced a few months ago: the Acer Chromebox CX14. Specs vary by configuration, but it will work with a 10th generation Core i7 processor. Generation in a compact VESA mounting enclosure.

Dell

LTE-compatible Chromebooks are rare, but Dell announced them at CES. The Dell Chromebook 3100 is more or less your standard entry-level Chromebook with a dual-core Celeron processor and an 11.6-inch 768p display, but its main selling point is its optional LTE connectivity.

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Dell is selling the laptop primarily to the education market, but direct sales will also be available this year. Prices and availability are not yet known.

Asus

Asus announced three new high-end Chromebooks at CES. The first is the Chromebook CX9, which is powered by 11th generation Core processors. It’s designed for work and business environments with a 2nd generation design, 14-inch screen, dark metal chassis, 8 or 16GB of RAM and up to 4TB of storage. No details on price and availability have been released yet.

There’s also the Chromebook Flip CX5/C536, whose name changes depending on the market. It also features 11th generation Core processors. Generation and up to 16GB of RAM, but with a 15.6 screen and a white/silver design. Again, no information on pricing or availability.

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Finally, the Chromebook Flip CM5 will have a slight gamer look, with red borders around the WASD buttons, a black exterior, and a Ryzen 5 or 3 processor. Again, there is no information on pricing or availability at this time.

 

Hulu drops ad-supported plan to $2/mo for students

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For the past two years, on Black Friday, Hulu has lowered the cost of advertising subscriptions from $5.99/month to $2.00/month. If you are a student, you can now benefit from the same discount all year round.

To date, Hulu has stated on its blog that students over the age of 18 can sign up for this offer and watch Hulu’s entire library of streaming movies and TV shows at a 65% discount, while maintaining their student status. Unfortunately, the promotion does not apply to the ad-free package ($11.99/month) or Hulu Live TV streaming ($64.99/month). With a boarding schedule, Hulu sometimes shows commercials during shows and movies.

Students can learn more about selection and registration at hulu.com/student.

Russia Court Orders to Block Telegram Messaging App

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Sad news for telegram users: A Russian court decides to block access to Telegram’s e-mail application.

In a move that could have a major impact on the way global trade in cryptocurrency is spread, a Russian court has decided that telecommunications service providers should block the Telegram messaging program, which is very popular in the country. Earlier in the day, Moscow decided to approve Roskomnadzor’s petition – so that the Russian press would immediately block the program.

In 2016, Russia introduced strict anti-terrorism legislation requiring messaging solutions to synchronize messages between governments. The telegram was heavy, those laws. The creator and CEO of Telegram, Pavel Durov, responded to the ban with the concept of a challenge to the ceremony. At Telegram we have the luxury that we don’t have to worry about turnover or advertising sales, says Durov. Privacy is not for sale and human rights should not be violated for fear or greed.

The Russian Federal Security Service claims it needs access to encryption keys to investigate serious crimes and terrorist acts. The telegram refused to comply, referring to the loneliness of the consumer. The company is known for providing users with secure and encrypted communication.

The court’s ruling is the result of an ongoing legal battle between the telecommunications regulator Telegraph and the FSB – the Russian Federal Security Service – which argues that the system’s security keys should be handed over to the Russian authorities so that they can access consumer data.

The TelegramGuide editorial team is a team of experts in the field of telegraphic messages. We have been using Telegram and all APIs since the first day of launch. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them.

WhatsApp Payments Feature Gets QR Code Support

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WhatsApp Payments

WhatsApp for Android Beta has a QR code for payments. You can now scan QR codes to send money, just like the PayTm UPI service.

The WhatsApp payment feature is not available for public use. You need an invitation to activate this feature. WhatsApp has added a brand new payment beta option that allows users to send money by scanning QR codes.

This WhatsApp feature is also linked to the recently added option to send to UPI ID and adds an additional feature to the engagement feature of the world’s most popular messaging application.

Last month WhatsApp launched its payment service in India. However, concerns have been expressed about the safety of this system and its compatibility with the IPU.

The latest addition to QR authorized payments follows the recent deployment of their Send to UPI ID, which is designed to simplify trading without the need to negotiate to receive or send cash.

Using the QR Code function for WhatsApp payments

This feature will only work if you are using the latest beta version of WhatsApp 2.18.93.

To check this QR-code function, go to the parameters → Payments → New payment and select QR-code.

This opens a QR scanner looking for a compatible QR code. Once the QR code has been implemented, you can enter the number to initiate the payment and then authenticate it with your UPI PIN.

WhatsApp Payments is the company’s first attempt to introduce digital payments in India. A few days after launch, WhatsApp Payments was accused of not providing a secure system and not meeting UPI compatibility specifications.

After the introduction of functions for better visibility, such as B. the Send to UPI ID button, the program now also has a QR-code selection.

This feature is now available to users who have signed up for WhatsApp beta testing. Typical users may combine the WhatsApp beta program for a faster update, but there is no guarantee that the payment center will be available when you book the beta program.

To sign up for the beta program, a user can go to the Google Play Store and search the search bar for WhatsApp.

Cristiano Amon to be the next Qualcomm CEO succeeding Steve Mollenkopf

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Qualcomm announced today that Cristiano Amon will be the next CEO of Qualcomm, after being unanimously elected by the Board of Directors. Amon, who has worked at Qualcomm since 1995, is currently chairman of the company. Amon will be 30 June 2021 to succeed Mollenkopf after stepping down as CEO after 26 years at Qualcomm. Mollenkopf became CEO in March 2014, replacing Paul Jacobs.

Amon is responsible for Qualcomm’s semiconductor activities (QCT), including wireless, RF fronts, automotive, and IdO sales, as well as the company’s global operations. Amon has overseen Qualcomm’s 5G strategy and has led the development of a roadmap for advanced and differentiated products for nearly 15 years.

Cristiano R. Amon, chairman, and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, said.

“I am honored to be the next CEO of Qualcomm and I appreciate the trust that Steve and the Board of Directors have placed in me. Qualcomm is an incredible company. We have been at the forefront of innovation for decades and I am looking forward to maintaining this position. In addition to extending 5G to basic devices and beyond mobile, Qualcomm will play a key role in the digital transformation of many industries as our technology becomes essential to connect everything connected to the cloud. The need for our solutions has never been so clear and our leading position has never been so clear. I look forward to working with our 41,000 employees around the world to develop technologies that will revolutionize the way people live, work, and communicate with each other.

Unlocked Galaxy S20 range starts receiving January 2021 security patch in the US

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Samsung continues to provide timely updates to its flagship S-Series of smartphones and starts implementing the January 2021 security patch for the unlocked Galaxy S20 series in the United States. The changelog mentions nothing but a jump to the January patch, so don’t wait for new features.

The update has unlocked the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra and weighs about 230 MB. As always, we will update this page when other Samsung phones receive their patches.

Galaxy S20 Series

  • Unlocked
    • Galaxy S20: G98xU1UES1CTL5, released on January 4.
    • Galaxy S20+: G98xU1UES1CTL5, released on January 4.
    • Galaxy S20 Ultra : G98xU1UES1CTL5, released on January 4.

As usual, the update is carried out in phases, so that the device may not be reached immediately. In our experience, Samsung phones are not always the best at automatically finding available updates, so check under Settings > Software update.

Realme V15 5G smartphone to be announced on January 7

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Realme confirmed today that it will launch the V15, the company’s new low-budget 5G Series V smartphone on 7th January in China. The device is being announced after the announcement of Realme V5 and V3 smartphones, but it is said to come with updated specifications. The teaser image fixes the phone’s triple rear camera and the Dare To Leap design.

Another teaser confirms the punch-hole display at the front. Since the picture does not show a side or rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the phone is likely to have an AMOLED display with a built-in fingerprint scanner.

The phone would be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G SoC, comes with a 64-megapixel triple rear camera, a 16MP front camera, and with support for a 50W fast charging solution. We should have more details in the next few days.