Initially many people were disappointed on the Lenovo’s Smart Clock because its tiny screen did not do as much as it could (or should) compared to similar products. At launch, it did not even offer the basic function of acting as a digital picture frame for your library. That is something the Google Nest Hub smart display can do, as can Amazon’s various bedside Echo devices with screens. Lenovo and Google are rectifying that today with an update that allows the Smart Clock to showcase your Google Photos collection.
If you own one of the Lenovo Smart Watch, it should auto-update at some point this week. Once that happens, you can set the Smart Clock to show your Google Photos images when idle. If you do not use Google Photos, you can choose to see “featured” photos directly from Google instead.
In a certain blog post, Google also notes that Smart Clock owners can now enable continued conversation mode, which will let them carry out back-and-forth conversations with Google Assistant more naturally without having to constantly repeat “Hey Google.”
When it comes to the breadth of features, I still think it is best to think of the Smart Clock as a rung below the Nest Hub and other smart displays. It is very much a smart alarm clock with Google Assistant that can play music, show you photo memories control your smart home devices and pull up a Nest camera feed if you need to check on what is happening somewhere in your home or outside.