Lenovo Smart Display is an Epic Home for Google Assistant

Google talks sales numbers for Google Home and their plans to show off Assistant at CES

JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony have all committed to make smart screens, with the Lenovo Smart Display and JBL LinkView among those on display at CES. With that screen, you can make video calls, watch YouTube, view Google Maps, and more. 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.

What's more interesting is that JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony in particular will be launching smart speakers with touchscreens, akin to the Amazon Show, while the other companies may launch simpler, more affordable Assistant-powered devices. Essentially anyone can get a hold of the necessary software just like they can the Android OS and build it for a wide range of devices, including third-party smart displays. It can do pretty much everything mentioned earlier, ranging from calling people to looking up recipes online.The idea behind the Lenovo Smart Display is to serve as a substitute for your smartphone when you're at home and to assist you in day-to-day tasks.

You'll also be able to deploy Smart Displays as a digital photo frame, with images housed in the cloud through Google Photos. The new display joins the JBL Link View as a smart display device featuring Google Assistant. It looks similar to Amazon's Echo Show with built-in Alexa. Lenovo plans to charge $199 for the eight-inch version of its Smart Display and $249 for its 10-inch display.

Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2018 in fact they are so visible that it is very hard to walk 100 metres without being hit with someone either demonstrating a product with Google voice activation technology or spruiking the technology.

Qualcomm says it's already working with Harman and Lenovo on home products that use the two platforms, including Lenovo's new Smart Display - unveiled at the same time as the Home Hub platforms (pictured below). Particularly, these devices run the Google Assistant experience which helps with interactions by both voice and touch.


The Smart Displays can answer questions, show reminders and display your Nest cam feed.As you might expect, the Smart Display can answer questions, fetch the weather and traffic, stream music, as well as show you your schedule. The first one comes with 8-inch HD touchscreen display and the second one comes with 10-inch Full HD touchscreen display.

Amazon and Google have been dominating the smart home, especially smart speakers industry for a while now. You can on the display through the Google Duo app.

Lenovo's version of the smart display will come with an 8-inch screen for $200 or a 10.1-inch screen for $250.

Available in a soft Grey or natural Bamboo colour, it matches most wooden, glass or granite tabletops.

Beyond our privacy concerns, Google's new product has one more advantage over Amazon's gadgets.

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