Google Assistant comes to smart displays


Lenovo's Smart Display will be available in soft Grey or Natural Bamboo and will be able to be oriented in landscape or portrait mode when it launches. Plus, you can position the devices horizontally or vertically, while the Echo Show has a single position. The new Smart Display is going to be available in two sizes - 8-inches and 10-inches - and it's slated to be available this summer. At $199 for the 8-inch and $249 for the 10-inch, they are only a little more than what voice assistant were priced at when they debuted.

Inside, the Smart Display's hardware reads like a low-end tablet. The interface is very intuitive, as the home screen displays your notifications, as well as things like current timers.

The general theme is that Google Assistant is coming to more devices, and (ideally) getting more useful.

Qualcomm says it's already working with Harman and Lenovo on home products that use the two platforms, including Lenovo's new Smart Display - unveiled at the same time as the Home Hub platforms (pictured below). For instance, saying "Show me the kids room" displayed a feed from a Nest camera. This way you can explore and discover new things to do with the Google Assistant.

The first smart screens are being made by Google partners, and not Google itself, for the simple reason that those partners asked, says Huffman.

And, yes, YouTube videos played at full screen-without any user intervention.

Google Home Mini
Google Home Mini

In a bid to compete with market leader Amazon and its Echo Show speaker range, the new smart displays will have touch screens that allow users to make video calls with Google Duo, find photos from Google Photos, look up recipes and watch YouTube videos, said the company.

"With the Google Assistant on smart displays, you can hear and see the help you need". Besides running the device via voice, the display is also a touchscreen should you choose to go that route.

Check out the following video to get a better idea of how the Smart Display platform will work.

The Google's Pixel Buds and Bose QuietComfort 35 II were the first headphones to come with integrated Google Assistant, and now the search giant reveals we can expect more from companies like JBL, LG, Samsung, and Jaybird.

There are perhaps more compelling use cases, of course, some of which mirror similar capabilities on the Echo Show, including your ability to control connected smart home lights, appliances and other items by voice.

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