Latest News & Updates (May 2019)
• Ikea’s Smart Blinds have been delayed, but they’re still coming in 2019. We’ll keep you posted on their release date, price and how they work.
• The Sonos One and the Sonos Beam now work with Google Assistant. The smart speaker and smart soundbar have had Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant built in, but now consumers can also opt for Google’s assistant. While you can’t run both assistants simultaneously, you can switch the Sonos One and Sonos Beam from Alexa to Google Assistant in the Sonos app. However, at the outset, some features not available include: calling, voice match, purchases, interpreter mode, and setting routines in the Google Home app.
• Google is phasing out the Works with Nest program starting August 31. If you have a smart home device directly connected to a Nest product, this interaction will continue to function, but Google is actively working to transition this functionality to its Works with Google Assistant program.
• Google announced a new smart display, coming this summer. The Nest Hub Max ($229) will feature a 10-inch display, a front-facing camera for making Google Duo calls, and dual speakers. Google is also rebranding the Google Home Hub as the Nest Hub, and dropping its price to $129.