These smart screens will have YouTube. This means the device has an integrated CPU, GPU and DSP plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It's in speakers, TVs, headphones and I wouldn't be surprised to see it turn up in a fridge before the week is out. The new Google Assistant gadgets unveiled Monday at the CES trade show in Las Vegas mark the first challenge to Amazon's Echo Show and the smaller Echo Spot, which also has a display. But Google isn't stopping there, announcing that more Android TVs will be receiving some love.
From the get-go, according to Google, the companies already in line to produce a smart display device are JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony. So it's no surprise that there have been a number of launches involving its answer to the market-dominant Amazon Alexa.
"Over at Lenovo the Chinese Company is showing a Smart Display in 8" and 10" models. It's going to start calling the commands you bark at Google Assistant "actions".
Google Assistant has a message for its digital assistant rival: "Hey, Alexa, I can show stuff, too". In addition to all the features of Google Assistant, these Smart displays will allow users to watch videos from YouTube, make video call with Google Duo, check photos from Google Photos and a lot more.More news: Sam's Clubs Closing, including 3 in Southern California
When it comes to pricing, however, Amazon still offers the best deal.
Starting this week, Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto, the system for connecting select Android phones up to certain vehicle infotainment systems.
Automobiles. Starting this week in the U.S., Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto, which has pervasive reach: It is available now in tens of millions of cars on more than 400 models from over 40 brands, including Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
The internet search company announced last night that it partnered with several consumer tech companies including Sony and LG to build smart speakers that feature touchscreens.More news: Feinstein: Trump trying to promote a 'homogenous white society'
The card interface that Google uses throughout its products is here and it'll service news and meeting reminders intelligently. The device has a speaker on the left side, or if you stand it in portrait mode, it'll be on the bottom.
This display could, in fact, serve as a neat central hub for a smart home, however, it doesn't really bring anything new to the table.
Google has built the operating system entirely itself, giving Assistant a viable UI that feels fluid and useful for a product like this.
Google Assistant has done quite well during the Holiday season, and it's about to be in even more places. "Our thinking is that over time, this is how people will interact with technology", said Chris Turkstra, the director of Google Assistant.More news: China's Li Haotong helps Team Asia lead in Eurasia Cup