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Google Assistant “Smart Displays” are here: It’s an Echo Show, but Googley

After cramming the Google Assistant into smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, watches, speakers, and headphones, Google is rising nonetheless another form factor: smart displays.

Remember the Amazon Echo Show? This is the Google Assistant chronicle of that. Why settle for just a voice partner when you can slap a screen on a “smart speaker” and review some of your query results?

CES 2018 is when Google Assistant smart displays will arrive. No first-party “Google Home Show” has launched yet, but LG, Sony, JBL, and Lenovo are all sealed up to furnish the devices. Lenovo (and substantially others, soon) will show off what the inclination are going to substantially demeanour like. Google says the inclination will arrive “later this year.”

Just like with a speaker, you can ask questions of the Google Assistant and get a response. But with a screen attached, you can now see some of the results. According to the video, Google Assistant smart displays can show the time, date, weather, calendar appointments, Google Maps, recipes, Google Photos, YouTube (unlike a certain other smart display), Google Music, Google Duo video calls, and Nest cam video feeds. Google says you can also “get recommendations for your favorite content, right on the home screen.” There’s no word nonetheless on what the OS is, but when we consider “touchscreen OS from Google” a little immature robot comes to mind.


Google’s blog post is also chock full of other diverse announcements about the Google Assistant, which seems to be all over CES this year:

  • More smart speakers are coming from Bang Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, and SōLIS.
  • More Android TVs with the Google Assistant are coming from LG, TCL, Skyworth, Xiaomi, Changhong, Element, Funai, Haier, Hisense, and Westinghouse.
  • More headphones are coming with the Assistant on-board from Jaybird, JBL, LG, and Sony.
  • Android Auto is finally, finally getting Assistant support “starting this week in the US.”

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