Google Reveals its Assistant Hardware Partners for 2018


You probably just read the announcement from Google about Assistant coming to smart displays, which is really just an awkward way of saying that there will be Google Assistant-powered smart speakers with displays.

"You can watch videos from YouTube, video call with Google Duo, find photos from Google Photos and more". You can talk to it by saying "Hey, Google" and swipe right on the display to manually go back.

At CES Monday, Google announced it will partner with various manufacturers that will build smart speakers that include Google Assistant. They have just announced that select products will now get support for two of the most popular voice virtual assistants: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The Smart Displays are expected to be worth around $200 for base or low-end models.

Google has revealed that the Lenovo, LG and JBL Smart displays will be powered by Qualcomm SD624 chipset with octa-core CPU.

But you can also do a lot of things with a single command by creating routines. It can also show appointment settings or other reminders though with the screen attached, the obvious advantage here is to see videos that the user asks for.

Meanwhile, Lenovo is highlighting the "minimalist, modern design" of its own Smart Display, as well as "vibrant" Full HD screen resolution (for the 10-inch model only), and 10-watt full-range speaker power.

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Huffman acknowledges that Google isn't the only player in the market, but says that companies have been flocking to work with the Google Assistant.

JBL's Smart Display goes by the name of the Link View, and while it serves the same general objective as the Lenovo Smart Display, its design is quite a bit different. Lenovo is one of the first manufacturers announced and plans to launch 8- and 10-inch Lenovo Smart Displays early this summer, for respectively United States dollars 200 and USD 250.

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. Apart from the above reputed brands, other companies have also collaborated with Google to launch compact and cheap Google Assisted devices.

Beyond our privacy concerns, Google's new product has one more advantage over Amazon's gadgets.

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