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

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After cramming the Google Assistant into smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, watches, keynoters, and headphones, Google is launching yet another form factor: smart unveils.

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

CES 2018 is when Google Aide-de-camp smart displays will arrive. No first-party “Google Home Upstage” has launched yet, but LG, Sony, JBL, and Lenovo are all signed up to produce the devices. Lenovo (and as likely as not others, soon) will show off what the devices are going to perhaps look like. Google says the devices will arrive “later this year.”

Upright like with a speaker, you can ask questions of the Google Assistant and get a response. But with a examine attached, you can now see some of the results. According to the video, Google Assistant percipient displays can show the time, date, weather, calendar appointments, Google Maps, methods, Google Photos, YouTube (unlike a certain other smart revelation), Google Music, Google Duo video calls, and Nest cam video foods. Google says you can also “get recommendations for your favorite content, off on the home screen.” There’s no word yet on what the OS is, but when I think “touchscreen OS from Google” a hardly green robot comes to mind.

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

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

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