Google Assistant: coming soon to smart displays

Just announced at CES: Google Assistant smart displays from Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony, plus more Assistant-driven smart speakers, and Android Auto support.

Today Google announced that the following companies are making speakers that include the Assistant: Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Lenovo, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio, SōLIS, and Sony.

Google just announced four new “smart displays” from Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony, plus a bevy of smart speakers and TVs from other partners, almost too numerous to mention. And all these devices come with Google Assistant baked in.Google says these speakers will be available in the summer.

Google also announced that Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto dashboard units, and gave an official name—“Actions”—to all the commands and queries you can voice to Google Assistant.

But the big news centers on smart displays, which offer capabilities you won’t find in Google’s own Google Home, Google Home Mini or Google Home Max smart speakers. Check out our demo video of the Lenovo Smart Display below for details.

The smart displays are essentially Google Assistant-imbued HD tablets that sit on your desk or kitchen countertop like a fancy digital picture frame. Think Amazon Echo Show (which we love), but with Google Assistant instead of Alexa. The new smart displays range in size from 8 to 10 inches and come with front-facing cameras and built-in speakers of varying quality. But the star of the show is Google Assistant.

On a table-top display, Assistant behaves much like it does on a smart speaker, but with the addition of rich visuals. For example, when you ask Assistant to share what’s on your calendar, you’ll see cards for each appointment, and then from there, you can ask the smart display to show a map of your destination.


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