Lenovo’s Smart Tab with Alexa Show Mode is better than Amazon’s Fire HD 10 in so many ways

One of the most interesting 3rd-party Alexa devices to come out of CES 2019 is easily the new Lenovo Smart Tab line of Android tablets with an included speaker dock. They are the first 3rd-party tablets to use Amazon’s Show Mode feature with hands-free Alexa built-in, which essentially turns them into an Echo Show when docked. Unlike Amazon’s own Show Mode Dock for their Fire tablets, which is nothing more than a charging stand that triggers Show Mode, Lenovo has put Dolby Atmos speakers and 3 far-field microphones in the dock to make this a true alternative to the Echo Show. Read more ›

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Lenovo enters the media streaming market with the $49 Lenovo Cast

Lenovo just announced the Lenovo Cast, its entry into the media streaming market dominated by the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast. The device’s capabilities are more in line with the Chromecast, yet it’s priced unusually high at $49. It’s a small 70mm puck that connects to your TV via HDMI. Like the Chromecast, it can’t do much on its own and relies on computers and mobile devices to cast video to the device. The one thing it has going for it is its wider array of compatible standards. It works with the Google Cast standard used by Chrome and Android, but also supports Windows 8.1 and iOS devices through Miracast and DLNA. It’ll be available worldwide in August but, unless it gains a remote and its own operating system before then, it will probably quickly be forgotten.

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