14 February 2019
Since the debut of Google Assistant on Pixel smartphones, it has been expanded to a wide-range of products including wearables and smart TVs. In a bid to make it available everywhere, Google has announced its smart display platform in collaboration with JBL, Sony, LG, and Lenovo. These are basically smart speakers but with a display like Amazon has Echo Show for Alexa.
The smart displays will not only allow you to interact with Assistant via voice commands but will also be able to display relevant information whenever needed. It means instead of just listening to what's next on your to-do list or calendar, you will be able to have a look at it like you do on your smartphone. These displays will offer all the features and services that you would expect from Google and Assistant.
These products will also be beneficial in watching videos, browsing through your pictures stored in Google Photos, and having a video call with anyone you like. Since these are powered by Assistant, all you need to do is to speak out the right query to get things done. The actual features and abilities of these smart displays are expected to increase and improve once Google makes the platform open to all developers.
Here is a quick promotional video from Google giving an overview of what to expect:
It should be noted that Google's smart display products will run on Android Things, a forked version of Android specifically meant for the Internet of Things products. It means it will not allow users to browse the Play Store or install any apps. The main purpose of the smart displays is to give you a better way of interaction with Google Assistant while giving visual feedback as well.
If we talk about the real product, Lenovo has already unveiled its smart display offering which is aptly named Lenovo Smart Display. It has been announced in 8-inch and 10-inch display models priced at $199.99 and $249.99 respectively. There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and a dedicated camera button for quick selfies.