You can ask it all the same things you normally would of Google Assistant, but the minimalist, Android Things-based software design makes clear that the Smart Clock mostly meant to tell you the time and wake you up in the morning.
Now the cards seem limited to a few functions, time / clock, setting alarms, what's next on your Google Calendar, weather and commute updates. It's finished in a soft-touch grey material cladding that looks a lot like the Google Home Hub's finish - making it look like part of that family, in a sense. And at $79, the Smart Clock significantly undercuts Amazon's Echo Spot, which costs $129. Only instead of being a hub for smart home control, or a dinky speaker with Google Assistant built in, its primary function is as a Google Assistant powered alarm clock. The Smart Clock has been created to adapt itself to its user's sleeping habits, so hopefully it won't turn on the lights at 3 am (unless you want it to) or play The Who's greatest hits at full blast while you're trying to catch forty winks.More news: See What the Monster in "Bird Box" Was Supposed to Look Like
Lenovo's press materials pitch the device as the flawless bedside clock. One is some lag I noticed during the demo. It also packs a mute switch to turn off the mic, and there's a USB port you can use to charge other devices, like your phone.
With the smartphone's rise, it pretty much killed off the bedroom alarm clock - one of many gadget casualties that occurred when more and more features were integrated into today's modern smartphones. Despite its small size, it's quite the capable little device. There are physical controls to adjust the volume if you don't want to bark instructions at Google Assistant using your voice. Additionally, the tech giant is looking to attract customers with Google Assistant by mentioning that it will fulfill all your needs if you already own Chromecast and Google Home.More news: Fed minutes reveal dovish approach to rate hikes this year
Yes, it will show you the weather.More news: Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected