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You can now schedule, pay for professional Nest installations from the Google Store

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Some smart home products are easier to install than others that require wiring and mounting. The US Google Store will now let you directly schedule and pay for professional installations as you shop for Nest products.

Google is expanding its existing partnerships with Handy and OnTech Smart Services so that you can “Add professional installation” to your Nest order. Just before you “Add to cart,” there’s a new checkbox to apply the offering for $99 — in the case of a Nest Hello and most other products.

You complete the normal Google payment process and are then prompted to schedule a local appointment. Handy says it’s offering is available nationwide with over 300,000 professionals. The following products are eligible for installation:

  • Nest Hello Video Doorbell: $99
  • Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Thermostat E: From $99
  • Indoor and outdoor Nest cameras: From $99
  • Google Wifi and Nest Wifi: $99
  • Nest x Yale Lock with Nest Connect: $99
  • Nest Secure Alarm System: $119
  • Nest Protect Smoke & CO Alarm: From $99

There are no Smart Displays or speakers, while the inclusion of Google/Nest Wifi is odd given the plug-and-play nature. Meanwhile, it makes sense for cameras, smoke alarms, and security systems. This integrated Nest installation process is live today on the Google Store.

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Lenovo working on dual-purpose Android tablet and external monitor, ‘Yoga X’

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One feature that Android fans have to be envious of the iPad for is Sidecar, the ability to use your iPad as an external display. It seems the folks at Lenovo are eyeing an interesting way to solve that by making an Android tablet that doubles as an external monitor, the “Yoga X.”

This evening, two different leakers shared information about an upcoming device from Lenovo, reportedly called the “Yoga X.” Evan Blass shared an image on his Patreon depicting a simple illustration of this Yoga X, with a design that suffices it to say odd for a typical Android tablet. At first glance, it looks more like Chromebook folded into presentation mode than an Android tablet.

Fellow leaker Till Kottmann, via XDA-Developers, has provided a bit more context on what this device has in store. According to internal Lenovo documentation uncovered by Kottmann, which references a “second screen UX wireframe,” the Lenovo Yoga X will be able to connect via mini HDMI to another device. In doing so, the Android part of the tablet will lock to secure your data and the Yoga X will act as a display for what you’ve connected — be it a laptop, game console, or phone.

Elsewhere in the internal document, reportedly parts of the tablet’s Android side will still function as normal, including the brightness and volume controls as well as the audio output, should you want to use the Yoga X’s speakers.

Unfortunately, no other details have been discovered, such as specs, display size, or pricing. Given the lack of details and how bold and experimental an idea it would be to turn an Android tablet into an external display, it’s entirely possible this “Lenovo Yoga X” could never reach the market.

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Google surveying Android 11 Beta 2 users about what still needs to be fixed

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Following the latest beta on Wednesday, there is only one more Android 11 release before the public launch later this quarter. Google today released a survey asking testers to chime in on Android 11 Beta 2.

As we did for Beta 1, we’d like your feedback on the latest version of Android 11 on your Pixel device. This anonymous survey should take only a few minutes to complete. This helps us identify improvements or regressions between releases and prioritize key issue areas.

This follows last month’s survey on the initial beta and starts by having users confirm their device and build number. The anonymous survey polls you about “Android Feature/Area Satisfaction” in 10 areas, including Stability, Performance, Messaging, and App Experience.

It then asks whether you’d “recommend [Beta 2] to your friends and family” in its current state. There’s also a question about how “this beta build compare to the previous Android 11 beta build.” The four options are “Better,” “Same,” “Worse,” and “I didn’t try the previous beta build.”

We’d like to understand if you’re noticing improvements or regressions between beta releases.

That leads Google to ask about the “top issue area you experienced” and whether it would make you leave the Android Beta Program. Lastly, there’s an open field to “provide additional feedback on your experience.”

The final part of this survey is an open text field to leave any other comments about Android 11 Beta 2.

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Alphabet Scoop 095: Understanding Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and Pixel 5… and a Nest speaker

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This week we dive into the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5 following their surfacing in the Google app. In addition to making sense of Google’s 2020 phone lineup, we talk about the upcoming Nest speaker that was just officially teased.

Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Play, Google PodcastsiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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