Lenovo Punts On Google Assist With New Smart Display Offering

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According to Google, four companies will be building smart displays with integrated support for the Google Assistant - JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony, which will also have Google Cast built-in, so they work like Chromecasts. Your homescreen displays the time, along with snaps from your Google Photos account, and unlike the Echo Show it'll play videos from YouTube without any hassle.

Neither Apple Inc's assistant Siri nor Microsoft Corp's Cortana are now available on a speaker with a tablet-like display. When you're not actively using the Smart Display, it doubles as a digital picture frame, displaying images from your Google Photos library. However, unlike the Echo Show, the Google devices will have unmatched support for Google services, particularly Maps and YouTube - both of which rely on a display as the primary source of output. They offer all of the features one might find in a typical smart speaker, but they add high-resolution touchscreen displays into the mix to further enhance the voice assistant experience.

There you have it for this quick look at the Lenovo Smart Display! These smart displays will be designed by various third-party manufacturers like LG, Sony, Lenovo, and JBL. It's going to start calling the commands you bark at Google Assistant "actions". In addition, JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony will be releasing Google Assistant speakers with a screen by the summer. Lenovo, for instance, will be offering two screen sizes (8 and 10 inches) at launch.

Thanks to the affordable Google Home Mini and Amazon Acho Dot, it has become easier to enter the smart home ecosystem.

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While I'm not completely sold on the idea that smart speakers need to have physical screens, there's no doubt that Google has built a UI that feels at home on such a device.

New Android TVs. Changhong, Element, Funai, Haier, Hisense, and Westinghouse are announcing new Android TVs at CES, and each comes with Google Assistant. Like Amazon's Echo Show, these smart displays are created to sit stationary on a counter, table, or desk. 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.

Lenovo has built the Google Assistant interface upon Qualcomm's new Home Hub Platform with a Snapdragon 624 inside and is capable of streaming Full-HD video.