CES 2018: Google Assistant Heads To Cars, Smart Screens And Earbuds

CES 2018: Google Assistant Heads To Cars, Smart Screens And Earbuds

The convenience of having an assistant essentially built into your home could also one day make owning a smart speaker redundant, but that will be of little concern to Amazon and Google. These products will be able to perform tasks like video calling, watching YouTube, playing music, dimming lights, locking doors, setting alarms and more.

Google is getting ready to take on Amazon's Echo Show, with a little help from 4 consumer electronics heavyweights: Sony, Lenovo, LG and JBL all announced at CES in Las Vegas Monday that they are building so-called smart displays powered by Google 's Assistant. Both are expected to be available early this summer. Here at CES 2018 this week, we'll get our hands on the Lenovo devices that are actually at the show.

Google has been aggressively pushing its voice assistant to a myriad of devices and today, it's adding another category to the list - smart displays.

As far as the UI is concerned, the Lenovo Smart Display is running on what looks like a simplified Android interface with Google's tile-based elements littered throughout. JBL and Lenovo Group Ltd also are developing smart displays, Google said. In fact, Amazon by its Echo Show speaker has already revealed the new face of speakers flaunting touchscreens.

The smart displays allow you to use Google Assistant just as you would any other Google Assistant-enabled speaker such as a Google Home.

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Inside, the Smart Display's hardware reads like a low-end tablet.

As of now, Lenovo is the sole manufacturer of the Smart Display with two models - an 8-inch model and a 10-inch model.

Amazon and Google have been dominating the smart home, especially smart speakers industry for a while now. It is a touchscreen device with Assistant to provide weather, traffic, and news updates. Also, while the larger 10-inch variant offers an FHD screen, its smaller cousin makes do with an HD display. A power cord does appear to run through the back - so that will impact where you'll place the device. Making and receiving calls can be done completely via voice, while the camera itself has a physical shutter to ensure greater privacy for users.

Available in a soft Grey or natural Bamboo colour, it matches most wooden, glass or granite tabletops.

The JBL Link View will be available mid-year in the USA and at this stage Australian availability and pricing is unknown. Qualcomm is launching its Home Hub platform with support for Android Things and Google Assistant.

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