Google Assistant makes the leap to smart displays by Lenovo, Sony

Google Assistant makes the leap to smart displays by Lenovo, Sony

The company said this year will see voice-activated speakers featuring Google Assistant from Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Lenovo, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio, SoLIS and Sony. Both displays will also support HD video and contain a 10-watt speaker - flawless for YouTube videos which you can search and play just by asking Google Assistant out loud. Unlike the Home speakers, this smart home device can show you YouTube videos without requiring a TV. Brad and I checked out Lenovo's smart display last night; you can read Mehedi's write-up here. Early photos of smart displays from partners like Lenovo show sleek rectangular devices meant to stand up on a counter like a picture frame.

The Lenovo Smart Display will be one of the first Google Assistant-powered smart screens when it launches this summer. The Smart Displays are expected to be worth around $200 for base or low-end models.

Smart Displays are coming first from JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony. But like the Amazon Echo Show, this information will also be served up on a screen.

The 10-inch Smart Display has a bamboo finish and the 8-inch model has a soft-touch grey finish.Another plus: those anxious about privacy can simply cover the camera with a flick of a shutter switch.

Google Assistant makes the leap to smart displays by Lenovo, Sony
Google Assistant makes the leap to smart displays by Lenovo, Sony

Google Assistant brings hands-free assistance to appliances, like setting and adjusting the cooking mode or the temperature and time on your range or starting a cycle on your dishwasher. Lenovo is already prepping two different smart displays for release, an 8-inch model for $199 and a larger 10-inch version for $249. Of course all your compatible IoT devices can be controlled by the smart displays as well. In doing so, Google is attempting to catch up to Amazon, whose artificial intelligence-powered Echo dominates the market for smart speakers.

What we do know is that it sports an 8-inch touch display, has a front facing camera, and should sound pretty good, thanks to dual speakers that are tuned by Meridian Audio.

Despite these concerns, companies are still betting big that you'll want these devices in your home. Making and receiving calls can be done completely via voice, while the camera itself has a physical shutter to ensure greater privacy for users. It will be called JBL Link View.

Google Assistant recently made the jump from phones to headphones and tablets, and soon it's going to appear on even more new types of devices.

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