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Lenovo Smart Displays finally getting an update this week

About two weeks ago Lenovo announced in their forums that the R5 update was being released and it was an early Christmas present. But unless you’re seeing it, it didn’t make it to you before getting yanked off distribution.

Evidently that was some last second discovery that things were broke in the R5 patch and needed fixing. So if like many (cough cough Kim,) you’ve been waiting for the Cookbook update or the updated remote control tiles, they should be rolling out now.

As of about twelve hours ago a Lenovo rep said it was coming again, so you can start trying to add to your cookbook again.

Credit to AP for catching the 2am post.

The full list of features coming reads as follow:


Planning meals just got easier. Cookbook is your virtual cookbook that allows you to find recipes on your smart display and save them for later.

Just say, “Hey Google, save this recipe” and your recipe will be added to your Cookbook. When you’re ready to get cooking, try saying “Hey Google, show me my Cookbook” and find the recipe in just a few seconds.

“show my cookbook”

 “add to cookbook”

 “remove from cookbook”

 “save this recipe”

 “show me my saved recipes”


Favorite, Share & Remove Photo


We now support being able to always show the remote control when accessed via voice or the Home View for another device even if you have a local media session.

We will also show up to two mini tiles for remote sessions on the homescreen in addition to a local playback session.


We now support the ability to dismiss tiles from the home screen. Just swipe them up!

Note, some home screen tiles are not dismissible, including:

  • Calendar
  • Commute
  • Explore
  • News, Music & Video Recommendations
  • Upcoming Reminder


Heat-cool is one of 5 mode options on the Nest Thermostat (heat, cool, eco, off, and heat-cool) that  “will create a schedule that will switch automatically between heating and cooling on the Nest thermostat to keep your home within a preferred temperature range.” The mode is particularly helpful during the shoulder seasons in regions that have cold nights and hot days.

“Turn on heat/cool mode.”

“Set heat/cool mode to 68 and 72 degrees.”

“Set the [thermostat name] between 68 to 72.”

“Turn off the [thermostat name].”


When the user is shown a group light controller (e.g. Living room lights) they’ll be able to control the brightness and on/off state for each light within that group.

Lenovo Forums

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