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Google Announces New Smart Display Platform Powered by Google Assistant

Google Announces New Smart Display Platform Powered by Google Assistant

Apart from Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony will also be making smart displays with built-in Google Assistant running the same software. Having it answer questions verbally is useful, of course, but using Google Assistant to do things like pull up a recipe, start playing a video on YouTube, or show off an album in Google Photos is better still. Essentially a smart speaker with a touch display, the Lenovo Smart Display is designed with a pretty focused usage scenario: for the home kitchen.

Google on Monday announced that it is expanding the availability of Google Assistant to Smart displays.

The Smart displays will run on Google's Android Things platform, which has been built for Internet-of-things devices and is now in developer preview. They have just announced that select products will now get support for two of the most popular voice virtual assistants: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Amazon's Echo Show on the other hand comes with a 7-inch display. The brand has also announced that it will launch more headphones from Jaybird, JBL, LG and Sony, which will be optimized for the Google Assistant.

"On the privacy side, these devices are typically configured to only transmit data when triggered by a command word, which is good, but you're still telling Google or Amazon, and possibly Kohler and First Alert, a lot about your life", says Brookman.

The theme at this year's show seems to be about connected devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home.

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On top of all of this, Google launched a directory to go through numerous Google Assistant powered features.

Google Assistant, the company's smart voice assistant, is now installed on 400 million devices, including the Google Home speakers and certain Android phones.

Watch a Nest cam on the smart display. JBL's device has an 8-inch display. But, all three say the devices only collect data when you "wake it up" with a question. There are buttons for adjusting speaker volume, and there's even a switch that places a physical lens cover over the front-facing camera that's used for video calls. It can also control smart home devices. The Smart Display will come with a grey backing for the 8-inch model, or bamboo for the 10-inch model, and both can be stationed either vertically or horizontally depending on space.

Google has built the operating system entirely itself, giving Assistant a viable UI that feels fluid and useful for a product like this.


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