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Lenovo Smart Display Vs Echo Show Comparison Best Home Assistant Device 2019

There are a lot of smart home devices to choose from. In fact, some of the most common ones are options like Google Home and Alexa, which are purely voice-activated smart home assistants. Now, there are other more interactive options entering the market. These options can look like a traditional tablet, but are actually a nice centerpiece for your home, still equipped with voice assistant functionality. In fact, they bring some added functionality, such as being able to video chat with friends while cooking dinner or even looking up a quick YouTube video for a recipe you’re experimenting with. Or, instead of your Google Home or Amazon Echo simply telling you what the weather looks like, it can show you a hourly forecast (or even through the next few days).

One of these devices is the Amazon Echo Show, one you might’ve heard of and already be familiar with. But what has come to compete with it is the Lenovo Smart Display, introduced at CES 2018. In this roundup, we’re going to pit the two against each other and show you which is better. Follow along below!

Lenovo Smart Display

If you’re familiar with Amazon smart home devices, the Lenovo Smart Display is a little different, as it has Android front and center paired with the Google Assistant AI (similar to what you would find on Google Home or the Pixel 2). Lenovo just introduced the Smart Display at CES 2018 this year, and it’s a 8- or 10-inch modern-looking device that sits on a table or counter, just like Google Home with.

Since it has a screen, you can video chat with friends over Google Duo, check out some interesting videos over on YouTube, or even ask Google Assistant for weather and traffic updates. You’ll not only get audio feedback, but can see the results of those questions visually, too.

When the Lenovo Smart Display isn’t being used, it can double as a photo album, too. Load some photos up on the Smart Display, and after a certain period of time, it’ll start cycling through all of your memories. If you need to use it again, it’s as simple as saying “Hey, Google” followed by your prompt.

The Lenovo Smart Display isn’t available just yet, with plans to launch early this summer for $250 (the 10-inch model) or $199 (the 8-inch model). Find out more below.

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Amazon Echo Show

The whole idea behind the Echo Show is that Alexa, the voice assistant found in most of Amazon’s smart home products, is able to show you things. For example, if you were to say something like “Alexa, how’s the weather,” you would only get audio feedback with the Amazon Echo. With the Echo Show, you ask Alexa how the weather is, and you not only get audio feedback, but shown how it is, too.

It does a lot of other neat things, too. For example, you can tell Alexa to play some music, and it’ll show the lyrics as they’re sang with Amazon Music. You can make video calls to friends, you can watch your home security feed. In fact, you can even hook up the Echo Show to your baby monitor, and Alexa will be able to bring that up, too. There’s thousands of little different things you can do with the Echo Show and Alexa.

When it comes down to it, the Echo Show is a glorified Amazon Echo. It adds a few extra features, and enables Alexa to do some cool things since you have a screen to look at now, but inside, all it really is is an Amazon Echo backed by the Alexa voice assistant. Check it out for yourself below.

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Verdict

So, if you’re looking for a audio/visual voice assistant tool, should you pick up Lenovo’s Smart Display this summer or pick up the Echo Show right now? It can be a tough decision, but if all of your stuff (accounts, apps, devices) are all weaved with the Google ecosystem, we’d recommend waiting for the Smart Display to come out on store shelves, as you’ll get the best experience with your Google account and Google Assistant all tied together.

If you can’t wait, by all means, pick up the Echo Show. If you don’t entirely care what ecosystem you’ve been using, the Echo Show would be our first choice. It’s a higher quality product at an affordable price point (just $230). On top of that, Amazon is always upgrading it, adding more “skills” and functions to it. You really can’t go wrong with a product that’s already been on the market and battle tested. We’d recommend the Echo Show to anybody without any hesitation, but once again, it ultimately comes down to what ecosystem you most use, as you’ll always get a better experience if you use Google over Amazon a lot more, or even the other way around.

What Exactly Is a Google Project Tango Enabled Smartphone for Augmented Reality?

What Exactly Is a Google Project Tango Enabled Smartphone for Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality has been a part of our lives and part of our smartphones for quite some time. It’s actually 3 years now since IKEA unveiled their 2014 catalogue, which gives users the ability to place virtual furniture in their home to get a better idea about the final result. However, applications such as this rely on a technology that fundamentally doesn’t correspond to the way we humans perceive the space around us.

Now, a new generation of smartphones is around the corner, and it promises to bring a new kind of spatial perception to Android devices, one that would allow for a multitude of exciting, never-before-seen experiences. The underlying technology is called Project Tango, and we already know how the first Project Tango-enabled smartphone is going to look like.

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Introduction to Google Project Tango

Google describes Project Tango as a platform that gives phones and tablets a newfound sense of space. It has been in heavy development for years, under the leadership of Johnny Lee, a former Microsoft Kinect team member. The beginnings of Project Tango can be traced back to Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.

This skunkworks team and in-house technology incubator created by former DARPA director, Regina Dugan, has already made its mark with Project Ara and Project Jacquard. The former codename stands for an upcoming modular smartphone made of a central module and an assortment of additional modules that expand the core functionality. And Project Jacquard revolves around a touch-sensitive fabric technology that makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms, as described on the project’s official website.

A big breakthrough came last summer, when Qualcomm and Intel announced the release of Project Tango reference devices. Developers could, and still can, use these devices to start working on interesting applications and have them ready by the time the first consumer smartphone hits the market.

What can Google Project Tango Enabled Smartphones Do?

According to Google, “Project Tango technology gives a mobile device the ability to navigate the physical world similar to how we do as humans. Project Tango brings a new kind of spatial perception to the Android device platform by adding advanced computer vision, image processing, and special vision sensors.”

It can be argued that many of Tango’s highly advertised abilities are just dramatic enhancements of some of the things our smartphones can already do. As explained by Lenovo, the makers of the first Project Tango-enabled smartphone, “Project Tango combines 3D motion tracking with depth sensing to give your mobile device the ability to know where it is and how it moves through space. With Project Tango, developers can create applications that explore physical space around the user, including precise navigation without GPS, windows into virtual 3D worlds, measurements of spaces and games that know where they are in the room and what’s around them.”

All of this is possible thanks to a combination of inputs from various sensors, including an infrared emitter and camera, wide-angle camera, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and barometers. Together, these sensors are able to get a good sense of the world around us. Developers can then use three different sets of APIs (Application Programming Interface) to integrate Tango into their applications and games.

Any Tango-compatible smartphone or tablet is essentially a combination of the Microsoft Kinect with the Wii remote controller. As such, it can seamlessly blend virtual objects with the real world, thus enabling a mixed reality experience similar to the HoloLens, but much more affordable.

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The First Consumer Phone to Feature Project Tango

This year, at CES 2016, Lenovo has finally introduced the first Tango-ready smartphone, the Phab 2 Pro, a successor to the original Phab. What sets the Phab 2 Pro apart from other smartphones is its extra-large screen, which measures 6.4 inches and has a resolution of 1440 x 2560, and a wide-angle camera coupled with a special depth-sensing unit.

The smartphone itself is just 8.9 mm thick and is made entirely out of aluminum. The integrated fingerprint scanner enhances the overall security, while the 2.5D curved glass panel makes the device look like a true premium product.

Understandably, the sophisticated technology behind Project Tango requires quite a bit of processing power. That’s why Lenovo is using a special Tango Edition of the Snapdragon™ 652 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in storage space.

Pictures can be taken using the 16 MP rear camera or 8 MP front camera. Both camera have a super-fast autofocus and work hand-in-hand with 3 microphones for 360 voice capture with noise-cancelling. Finally, a spacious 4050 mAh battery with 2.4x turbocharging is there to ensure that customers can enjoy the plethora of new experiences without any limitations.

The Phab 2 Pro is coming this summer, and the device is plan to launch globally for less than $500. While it is definitely a big step for the Project Tango, it will likely aa few iterations of this technology before it becomes a viable option for the average user. After all, 6.4 inches of screen real-estate is not that great for day-to-day usage.

Early Games and Applications

Those who attended Google I/O 2016 had the opportunity to witness what smartphones compatible with Project Tango, such as the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, will be able to do in a very near future. A custom made application for Lowe’s helps customers find the item they are looking for and see how it will look when they place it in their home.

Trixi Studios have introduced a game called Phantogeist, where players can experience what it would be like to live in a world inhabited by phantom-like creatures. The game features hidden portals, projectile missiles, and some pretty scary moments.

Worth mentioning is also the partnership with the American Museum of Natural History. The museum is working on an educational application, which would let users place a dinosaur in front of them, change its size or take a picture with it.

Lenovo claims that there should be around 25 apps at launch, ranging from games to location-based apps and utilities. They will be available in a special app store that will come pre-installed on the Phab 2 Pro. It’s expected that there should be up to 100 apps available by the end of the year.

Conclusion

Project Tango and Project Tango-enabled smartphones are likely to change the way we use our devices to interact with the world around us. They open up new, interesting possibilities how to apply modern technology to help us accomplish our daily goals, learn, and relax. The first smartphone compatible with Project Tango already seem very attractive, and we can only imagine what the next few generations will bring.

 

[Deal] 45mm Moto 360 Sport for $111.95

Moto 360 Sport

The #Moto360Sport is now available for just $111.95 on eBay. The seller only has the White version of the smartwatch in stock, which means you don’t have much say in terms of colors. But that shouldn’t be much of a problem since the White model is the most attractive variant (for me anyway).

The smartwatch runs Android Wear by default and comes with support for all major updates that are sent out by Google. So how is this different from the standard Moto 360? Well, it comes with a bunch of fitness related features that make it ideal for runners and athletes. There’s built in GPS, a heart-rate sensor and a whole lot more with the Moto 360 Sport.

It can easily replace the best of your fitness bands that are selling in the market. Keeping this in mind, be sure to check out the wearable from the eBay link below.

Get the Moto 360 Sport for just $111.95! 

[Deal] Unlocked Moto Z Play for $369.99

Moto Z Play

Moto Z Play

You can now snatch the unlocked version of the #MotoZPlay for just $369.99 on eBay. As you know, the unlocked model of the handset is pretty hard to come by in the U.S. as the DROID version is mainly sold in the region. So this is a pretty rare deal we have here. The handset comes with all the features that we see on the North American variant, so there’s really no distinction barring the fact that it’s unlocked.

The Moto Z Play comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, the quad-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a 3,510 mAh battery. The Moto Z Play also comes with support for Moto Mods, so should you have one with you or if you were planning to get one, there’s no better time to try it out with the Moto Z Play.

Get the unlocked Moto Z Play for just $369.99 on eBay!

[Deal] JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod for $64.99

JBL SoundBoost

JBL SoundBoost

The #JBL #SoundBoost #MotoMod is now available on eBay for just $64.99. This is only compatible with the Moto Z series of smartphones, which is essential to keep in mind before purchasing the item. The Moto Mods were introduced by Lenovo a couple of months ago as part of the Moto Z announcement. There’s a Hasselblad branded Moto Mod as well, which allows you to get better quality pictures. My personal favorite however is the projector Moto Mod, which is available from certified retailers worldwide.

Well, this accessory pairs with your smartphone over Bluetooth and gives you the best sound quality that you can expect from a mobile device. Even for something that’s compact, the SoundBoost does a decent job of outputting audio from the Moto Z. Since the panel covers the entirety of the smartphone, you might have to give up your current look. But shouldn’t be a big inconvenience given what it brings to the table.

Get the JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod for just $64.99 on eBay!

[Deal] Moto 360 Sport for $124.99

Moto 360 Sport

Moto 360 Sport

You can now grab the 45mm #Moto360Sport for just $124.99 on eBay. This is a significantly discounted price on the original price tag of the wearable, which makes this a fairly attractive deal for everyone. The Moto 360 Sport is basically like the standard 2nd gen Moto 360, but with some added features which will appeal to the fitness buffs. If you’re one to go on a jog or want to track your workouts every day, then the Moto 360 Sport is meant for you.

What’s even better is that the seller is offering the smartwatch in two colors – White and Orange/Flame. That’s plenty of options for a wearable. The Moto 360 Sport comes with standard Android Wear related features on board as well, so it’s not just a fitness wearable. The smartwatch comes with a 45mm band. Be sure to check out the smartwatch from eBay’s page below.

Check out the Moto 360 Sport for just $124.99 on eBay!

Promo images of the Moto M leak out

Moto M

Moto M

The #MotoM is expected to be Lenovo’s next big push in the high-end segment under the Moto branding. The handset has just leaked out in a series of images, revealing some key hardware and design aspects of the device. For starters, we’re noticing a change in the placement of the fingerprint scanner. While previous Moto handsets had a front facing fingerprint scanner, the Moto M seemingly uses a rear fingerprint scanner, more in line with some of Lenovo’s devices.

It is also revealed that the handset will be packing a 16-megapixel rear camera, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3,050 mAh fast charging battery on board with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone will also be water-resistant as per one of the images, although the level of protection is not known yet. All the promo images are in Chinese, so there’s still a lot that we don’t know. But given the little information that we have, we can decipher that the Moto M will be an exciting handset.

Moto M - Camera

Source: TechDroider

Via: Android Headlines

Best Buy offering the Projector Mod along with the Moto Z or Moto Z Force

Moto Z

Have you been impressed by the #MotoZ or the #MotoZForce? Well, you now have added incentive to get either of them thanks to a promotion running over at Best Buy. The retailer is offering the Moto Projector Mod for free along with the purchase of either phone, saving you precious dough in the process.

The projector mod basically lets you transmit content from your smartphone over to a screen or a wall of your choice, turning practically any small room into a mini cinema hall. There’s no telling how long this deal will last, but we’re hoping it will be up until stocks last. Keeping this in mind, we urge you to hurry on to Best Buy in order to get either of the two handsets and avail this amazing promo.

The Moto Z and the Moto Z Force are two of the best smartphones going around right now, which makes this a particularly interesting proposition.

Source: Best Buy

Via: Pocketnow

New 2016 Moto flagship leaked, could this be the revived Moto X?

Moto X 2016

Moto X 2016

The #MotoX lineup, as we all know, has been shelved by the company. This decision was taken after the #Lenovo acquisition of Motorola Mobility, with the company wanting to take a different direction. This is where the #MotoZ comes into the picture, which is the company’s currently available flagship offering. But according to a new leak (and subsequent reporting), there could well be a 2016 Moto X.

But is that really the case? Well, we highly doubt it. There’s no denying that this is a new Moto flagship, which was also mentioned by @evleaks in his tweet. However, calling this the new Moto X would be a bit of a leap, especially with no background to back it up. So let’s just call it what it is, a mystery Moto-Lenovo flagship.

There’s not much to go with apart from this leaked rendering, so we’ll reserve our judgment for another time. What do you make of this leak? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: @evleaks – Twitter

The first Project Tango based phone will officially hit markets in November

Phab 2 Pro

Google’s first #ProjectTango based phone was revealed to be the #Lenovo #Phab2Pro. We are now getting word that this phone will be officially reaching markets by November. This means that the wait won’t be long to finally get your hands on the company’s augmented reality based phone. The handset is equipped with a series of cameras to serve this purpose. This, in addition to featuring high-end hardware under the hood.

The handset is expected to be priced at $499 when it is made available in November. The handset has seen several delays in its arrival since the original announcement was made back in June. Keeping this in mind, it will be interesting to see if the company can keep its word this time around.

The Phab 2 Pro comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD display, the octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a 4,050 mAh battery.

Further, the phone also comes with a motion-sensing sensor as well as an infrared camera along with an imager and an emitter (depth sensing) to serve as an augmented reality machine. It’s important to note that the smartphone doesn’t come with support for Google’s Daydream since it requires an AMOLED display. Watch the Project Tango video below to get a better understanding of its features.

https://youtu.be/iHN4c7FYXYs

Via: CNET

A majority of Motorola’s American workforce laid off

Moto By Lenovo

Moto By Lenovo

A new report talks about a majority of Motorola’s workforce being laid off. The company has apparently decided to slash about 700 of its employees in the U.S. There are only 1200 employees in the region, and this new wave of employee cutdowns will bring the number to 500.

This comes as Lenovo plans to shift Motorola Mobility’s focus onto the global markets. The company mentioned in its press statement that this only accounts for about 2% of Motorola’s global workforce, which stands at 55,000.

The company has also reiterated that the employees in its Chicago offices will not move. Rumors previously indicated that Motorola would shift its employees from Chicago to North Carolina. While this might be a logical decision to cut down the losses, the new wave of cuts tell a story about the fickle state of Motorola’s business in the U.S. Lenovo cut down its staff significantly last year, so a move like this was always on the cards.

Here’s Lenovo’s full statement:

Lenovo today announced a resource action impacting less than two percent of its approximately 55,000 employees globally. The majority of the positions being eliminated are part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business as the company further aligns its organization and streamlines its product portfolio to best compete in the global smartphone market.

The company is also making adjustments in other areas of the business as part of a continued effort to manage costs, drive efficiency and support ongoing improvement in overall financial performance. While these actions are never easy, they are a necessary part of our continued efforts to ensure long-term, profitable growth across all of our businesses.

Lenovo is absolutely committed to Chicago and we plan to maintain our Motorola Mobility headquarters there. Chicago has a well-deserved reputation for technical excellence and as the hub of our global R&D for our smartphone business we expect to take advantage of local talent to continue developing Moto products there.

Via: Droid Life

Lenovo unveils the innovative Yoga Book with a touch keyboard

Lenovo Yoga Book

Lenovo Yoga Book

#Lenovo has just unveiled the Yoga Book at an event earlier today in what promises to be a game changer in the tablet industry. The company is touting this to be the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 tablet available out there, which has some credence to it. Thanks to the super slim touch keyboard, the company has managed to keep the thickness as well as the weight at bay.

What’s good about this keyboard is that it can quickly convert itself into a blank slate to let you draw stuff on top of it. While there’s a stylus included, using something called Real-Pen, you can scribble on actual notes (with real ink) and have them digitized in real time. This is something that puts the Yoga Book leagues ahead of its competition and a winner in our books.

In the hardware department, the tablet is powered by Dolby Atmos speakers ensuring audio quality is not compromised. The Yoga Book also comes with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display, an Intel Atom 5x processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable), an 8,500 mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Lenovo Yoga Book - Touch Keyboard

The tablet will be available in a Windows 10 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow versions respectively, with the latter costing about $499. The company hasn’t shared availability details as of yet, but we expect more information to be available soon.

Chinese retail store confirms Moto Mods support for the Moto Z Play

Moto Z Play

Moto Z Play

A Chinese retailer has seemingly jumped the gun and put out advertising material for the yet to be released Moto Z Play. While this pretty much confirms what we already know, the mention of the Moto Mods support has certainly come as a surprise to us. Given that the Moto Z Play is expected to be a mid-ranged offering, not many expected to see this feature on board, but we’re not going to complain.

The image reveals the JBL SoundBoost module as well as the Hasselblad camera module, suggesting that both will be available sometime during the launch. The JBL audio module is currently available in the U.S. for about $80.

A separate leak on Twitter has seemingly confirmed that the device will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow (duh) and also tipped a September 6 release for the device. This is also something that we’ve heard about in the tech sphere, so everything seems to be falling in place with regards to Moto-Lenovo’s new mid-ranged powerhouse.

Source: Weibo

Via: Phone Arena

New leak reveals the Moto Z Play in White

Moto Z Play White

Moto Z Play White

The #MotoZPlay is expected to break cover soon as a replacement to the mildly successful Moto X Play. As we eagerly await the release of the handset, more leaks are starting to emerge. What we’re seeing today shows more of the same, but gives us a glimpse of the device in White. It looks pretty classy to be honest and the glass(?) back panel adds to the premium look of the device as well.

Moto Z Play - White

It must be noted that the Moto Z Play is a mid-ranged offering, so the company can merely make it look like a premium device. It is rumored that the handset will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 3,600 mAh battery, an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. More details are expected to follow as we inch closer to the release of the device.

There’s word that the Moto Z Play will be offered in a Verizon DROID model, thus appealing to the loyal VZW fans.

Moto Z Play - White (2)

Source: Reddit

Via: Android Headlines