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Huawei’s first Smart TVs may arrive in April.

New rumors are coming on Huawei’s Smart TVs that could arrive as early as next April. According to information coming from China, the models the company is planning to launch are two, one with a 55-inch diagonal and one with a 65-inch diagonal. Both screens would be made by the company BOE. This is not the first time that we have speculated about these products and the landing of Huawei in the television sector.

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However, previous rumors claimed that Huawei’s televisions should only have come much later. Honor, in fact, would have brought to the debut the first Smart TVs of the Chinese company. But the latest information is that it is Huawei himself who is bringing Smart TVs to their debut.

These products should be particularly innovative and become a real hub for home entertainment. Huawei Smart TVs should have cameras and even 5G connectivity. They should also have some great software for social networks and video games.

All you have to do is wait and see exactly what’s in the pot. However, Huawei is firmly focused on this sector and wants to quickly become one of the main leaders in it. (0)

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MiWiFi is the first Xiaomi mesh router that will be on the market very soon.

Mesh network systems are finding more and more place in homes to significantly improve the degree of coverage and quality of WiFi in every corner of the home. Xiaomi also aims to enter this sector and has announced the MiWiFi Mesh Router.

MiWiFi

MiWiFi was developed in collaboration with Qualcomm and consists of two devices that can be placed in different environments of the house and that will allow you to better manage the devices connected to the network.

 

These routers communicate with each other and with the connected devices using WiFi on 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies and guarantee transfer speeds of up to 2,567 Mbps on the card. MiWiFi also has a Gigabit Ethernet socket to be used in case of need. A little treat, MiWiFi can also communicate with each other using a powerline system.

 

There is also a convenient application that allows you to manage their configuration with ease. Each MiWiFi can connect up to 248 devices without loss of quality. This is possible thanks to the presence of the powerful dedicated Qualcomm quad-core ARM Dakota processor.

 

The MiWiFi Mesh Routers are not yet available on the market and will first have to go through a period of beta testing. Once Xiaomi judges that these routers are ready, it will put them on the market at a price that has not been communicated but that should be competitive. (0)

That was fast. As announced in my test of the Xiaomi Yeelight V1, the release of the successor model is imminent. So I was all the more surprised when the postman with a parcel from China arrived at the door today. Inside was the Xiaomi Yeelight 2nd Generation which I tested right away.

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For the time being only available in China

As with Version 1, the new lamp can only be ordered in China for the time being. For this it is always worthwhile to have a look at the promo actions of Gearbest or Banggood. As an alternative you can find regular offers on Mydealz. Currently the prices are, depending on the offer, between 17€ and 22€ incl. shipping costs with which no Einfurumsatzsteuer must be paid. This results only from approx. 27€ commodity value inclusive dispatch from. The import has naturally also its dangers, because on the one hand the dispatch lasts, depending upon selected mode of shipment, between two and four weeks and the European warranty right does not find with direct imports application. Should a defect occur at the Yeelight, one must hope for the goodwill of the dealer.

 

Open to Philips Hue with 800 lumens

Like its predecessor, the LED lamp and operating instructions are included in the scope of delivery. This manual is bilingual this time and explains the installation process in both Chinese and English. When unpacking, the new, modern design immediately catches your eye. Xiaomi said goodbye to the dreary grey and chose a white, rhombic structure. Otherwise, the shape of the lamp has remained largely unchanged. Size and weight have also hardly changed. At 176 grams, the second generation also remains a heavyweight compared to the competition. The most important point for an LED lamp, however, has been improved enormously, because Xiaomi has increased the luminous intensity by 25% from 600 lumens to 800 lumens. This means that the new generation is now almost on a par with Philips and Osram which deliver 806 and 810 lumens respectively, which means that the Yeelight can also be used as direct lighting.

 

  • Brand: Yeelight
  • Model: YLDP06YL
  • Luminous flux: 800 Lumen
  • Output: 10 Watt
  • Colour temperature or wavelength: 1700 – 6500K
  • Voltage (V): AC 100-240V
  • Lifetime: 25000 hours
  • Product weight: 176 gram
  • Product height: 12,2 cm
  • Contents of package: 1 x LED light source, 1 x installation manual

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To install the Xiaomi Yeelight you need the mobile Yeelight app for Android or IOS which requires an account to use it. After logging in you should first change the server, because since the end of March there is also a server available which reduces the switching times of the Yeelight. Now one is led comfortably by assistant through the installation of the lamps. The name, which one assigns at the end of the again added lamp, serves at the same time as call name for the digital language assistants of Amazon and Google. In addition to color control, scenes, rooms, groups, schedules and timers can also be created in the app. A special gadget is the disco mode which controls the lights based on the music in the background.

Difference to the predecessor directly visible

If you compare both versions directly, the difference becomes visible at first glance because the second generation, with 800 lumens, shines much brighter than its predecessor. I like the blues and greens very much, but the reds are a bit disappointing. Unfortunately, these don’t look as color intensive as you are used to from the Yeelight 1. Here, if possible, firmware updates from the manufacturer are required. The additional lumens, especially in the white area, are noticeable in the power consumption and are slightly higher than the Philips Hue lamps which use Zigbee instead of WLAN for transmission. I find the power consumption in standby disappointing, because here Xiaomi had promised a significant reduction in the new model. The measurements showed a saving of only 0.3 watts to an average of 1.0 watts, which is quite high for a current LED lamp. According to a member of the Yeelight-Forum this is the result of a short-term change of the control chip to be able to install Apple’s Homekit afterwards.

Alexa: Adding simply by voice command

For operation via Amazon’s Alexa, the skill “Yeelight” must be activated and coupled on the web or via app. After successful activation and a new device search, the LED lamp in the Smarthome area of the Alexa app or by voice command can be controlled, grouped or integrated into routines. Yeelight also offers a skill for Google Assistant which can be coupled using the familiar procedure. This makes it possible to control both the first and second generation via Goolge Home and Google Assistant.

Conclusion

The expectations for the Yeelight of the second generation were high and in my opinion are not completely fulfilled at the moment. Xiaomi should definitely work on the high power consumption and the display of the red tones. Despite these two points of criticism, the new generation should be preferred to the old model because the additional luminosity makes a difference. The humming noises, which occurred often with the first model, I could not notice with the Yeelight 2 so far. If, as promised, the Homekit function is added, this is an additional benefit. If you are satisfied with the Yeelight 1, you should wait until the children’s illnesses have been fixed. (1)

Looking for a connected speaker powered by Google Assistant but current solutions do not appeal to you? You may be interested in LG’s ThinQ Speaker.

In advance of CES 2018, which will take place in a few days in Las Vegas, LG has decided to unveil some of the products that will be part of the trip. This is the case with the ThinQ Speaker. Behind this name is a connected speaker powered by Google Assistant.

thinQ

Lossless audio quality

Of course, LG does not reveal much concrete information before the event, but it will be a top-of-the-range product. Compatible with voice commands with Google Assistant and LG home automation applications and elements (with a “Google OK, talk to LG, turn on the air purifier” for example), the speaker will offer high audio quality and lossless file compatibility thanks to Meridian Audio technology. It now remains to be seen what the precise characteristics of the product are and of course its price.

LG in force on audio at CES 2018

But the ThinQ Speaker will not be the only audio product presented by LG at CES 2018. The manufacturer will also present the SK10Y sound bar. With a power of 550W and capable of managing 5.1.2, it is also Dolby Atmos compatible and can read files in their maximum quality, again thanks to the partnership with Meridian Audio. The same goes for the new portable speakers in the PK range that will be unveiled and are Bluetooth Apt-X HD compatible. Finally, speakers designed to entertain parties with different features (1800W power, DJ features, karaoke modes and lights…) will be there in different forms.

 

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The Nvidia Shield TV box now adds a new string to its bow with the support of Google Assistant.

 

After a little false start due to a bug, the excellent multimedia box Nvidia Shield TV recently switched to Android 8 with a welcome interface change. Today, the device is starting to receive support for Google Assistant, the voice assistant already available on many smartphones and connected speakers.

Nvidia Shield TV

An ever more complete Nvidia Shield TV

Of course, as elsewhere this assistant can answer your voice-driven questions and commands after pressing the microphone button on the controller or remote control (for the 2015 model) or after saying the classic “Ok Google” (only with the 2017 version controller if you have enabled the option).

A list of partners dedicated to growth

In addition, home automation (bulbs, thermostats…) or multimedia content management (music, video…) are not forgotten. For example, “Play Stranger Things on Netflix” should work. And even if Netflix is not in the list of compatible products and services: Google Music, Harmony, Nest, Phillips Hue Lights, Spotify, TP-Link or Tune-In.

The deployment of Google Assistant on Nvidia Shield TV is done as usual in waves, so it will probably be worth showing you a little more patience. (2)

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