Google Assistant Coming To 'Smart Displays' And More

Joanna Estrada
January 13, 2018

Lenovo's making friends with Google Assistant through a new device called the Lenovo Smart Display, that will play music, connect to other smart devices, including Nest products, and even let you make video calls. Your homescreen displays the time, along with snaps from your Google Photos account, and unlike the Echo Show it'll play videos from YouTube without any hassle.

The new devices will generally work like the other smart speakers flooding the market at the moment - such as Google Home.

Expect a "summer" release date in the U.S., but we couldn't get a confirmed United Kingdom date. But arguably the coolest, and most useful, implementation of the virtual AI is in smart displays.

The Lenovo Smart Display will be one of the first Google Assistant-powered smart screens when it launches this summer.

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. It has a 10-watt full-range speaker on the side, and will rely on the built-in Google voice assistant to handle queries and commands you throw its way. Google pulled YouTube from the Echo Show in September and subsequently also removed it from Amazon's Fire TV at the end of 2017.

Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2018 in fact they are so visible that it is very hard to walk 100 metres without being hit with someone either demonstrating a product with Google voice activation technology or spruiking the technology.

At CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas, Qualcomm unveiled its purpose-built platforms and system modules for home devices that are enabled with the artificial intelligence of Google Assistant.

It remains to be seen whether Amazon will list the new Assistant-powered smart displays on its store.

At present, Google Assistant is available on more than 400 million devices. Lenovo teamed up with Google on this and although it doesn't have the sexiest of names, it has all the hallmarks of a "Made by Google" device, which is great.

Available in a soft Grey or natural Bamboo color, the Smart Display is flexible too. The JBL Link View and LG ThinQ View WK9 have already been announced. Apparently, Google is trying to provide customers with more options when it comes to Assistant-fueled products, putting aside fears that then new speakers might end up cannibalizing sales of its own Home, Home Mini, and Home Max products.

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