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Google brings voice assistant to speaker screens

Google Home Family Google brings voice assistant to speaker screens
Emmett Howard | 13 January, 2018, 07:11

Hey, Google, is Lenovo's new Smart Display better than Amazon's Echo Show?

These smart screens will have YouTube. So at least right now, it looks like Google could be used more widely than the Echo Show at least in terms of software. Both models feature Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity as well as a wide-angle front-facing 5MP camera. 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 tech giant announced the new hardware on Monday at the CES 2018 technology conference in Las Vegas.

Google also announced that its digital assistant will be rolling out to Android Auto in the US this week. The company is competing with Amazon's Alexa for dominance and this may just help give it an edge.

Lenovo's version of the smart display will come with an 8-inch screen for $200 or a 10.1-inch screen for $250. It's going to start calling the commands you bark at Google Assistant "actions". Or if you don't know how to do something, you can ask Google how and it'll show you a related video on YouTube. For example, during our demo, saying "Hey, Google".

Last week Google announced that the Google Assistant was available on 400 million devices.

Starting this week, Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto, the system for connecting select Android phones up to certain vehicle infotainment systems.

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LG, JBL, Jaybird and Sony are all making Google Assistant-enabled headphones that will let you access the Assistant with the press of a button - assuming you've paired them with your phone.

Google Assistant, which is already available on over 400m devices, will also be finding its way onto voice-activated speakers from Bang & Olufsen, iHome, JBL, LG, and more. But it is beginning to spread the Google Assistant to more places, including cars with Android Auto, as well as more Android TV models. That's why Google now offers a new way to talk about the Assistant's capabilities.

A physical button on the chassis allows you to mute the device when you aren't planning to use it. Google said it now works on "over 225 home control brands and more than 1,500 devices".

If you have ever wanted something like the Amazon Echo Show in your home but would rather have it powered by the Google Assistant, you won't have to wait much longer!

Google Assistant brings hands-free assistance to appliances, like setting and adjusting the cooking mode or the temperature and time on your range or starting a cycle on your dishwasher.

"There's a belief that this is in the wheelhouse of what Google can do", he says.

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