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Lenovo releases the first Smart Display with Google Assistant

After launching a line of Google Home smart speakers in 2016 and rolling out support for third-party speakers in 2017, this year Google announced that Assistant was coming to “Smart Displays.” Basically these are smart speakers with touchscreens, adding a visual element to the Google Assistant experience. Ask for a weather update and in addition […]

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Google Assistant’s new Visual Snapshot brings Google Now back from the dead

Once upon a time, before Google Assistant was a thing, Google’s Android operating system had an often-misunderstood feature called Google Now. It wasn’t really a voice assistant like Siri, Alexa, or Cortana… but it did use information Google knew about you to suggest information you might want before you asked for it. Google Now could give […]

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Google Duplex gets limited launch: will call businesses to check holiday hours on your behalf

One of the most surprising things Google showcased at its annual developer conference in May wasn’t a new feature for Android, Chrome OS, search, or web. It was an audio clip of someone making phone calls to book an appointment at a hair salon and make a reservation at a restaurant. And when I say […]

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Google Assistant is getting 6 new voices, plus new features

Google is kicking off its annual developer conference by talking up several changes rolling out soon to Google Assistant. The company says its voice assistant service is now available on 500 million devices and by the end of the year it will support 30 different languages in 80 countries. Google says most people interact with […]

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JBL Link Bar crams Android TV and Google Assistant into a soundbar

JBL launched a line of smart speakers with Google Assistant baked in last year. Now the company is going a step further with a new TV soundbar that not only works like a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker. It’s also an Android TV device that brings Google’s media streaming software to your TV. The JBL Link […]

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Archos Hello is an Android-powered “Home Assistant” (that seems separate from Google’s smart display platform)

Lat month Google unveiled a new “smart display” platform for Google Assistant-powered speakers-with-displays. Lenovo, LG, JBL, and Sony all plan to bring smart displays to market this year, where they’ll compete with similar gadgets from Amazon including the Echo Show and Echo Dot. French device maker Archos also seems to want a piece of the […]

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Google Assistant is going to be (almost) everywhere this year

Google Assistant got its start in the Allo chat app in 2016 before rolling out to Pixel Phones, Google Home speakers, and eventually a wider range of phones, speakers, and other devices. At the Consumer Electroncis Show in January Google announced that it was working with 3rd-party device makers including JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony […]

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Google Assistant comes to “smart displays” (smart speakers with touchscreen displays)

Smart speakers are everywhere at the Consumer Electronics Show… but they don’t all look like speakers. Google has announced that its Google Assistant voice service is now a voice-and-visual service and companies including Lenovo, LG, JBL, and Sony are introducing “smart displays” with Google Assistant integration. They’re basically smart speakers that respond to voice commands, […]

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Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant is a smart speaker… with a screen

Google was rumored to be working on a Google Home smart speaker with a display, which would basically be the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Show. But while Google hasn’t announced any first-party hardware, this week the company did announce that at least four companies plan to launch “smart display” devices with Google Assistant integration. One […]

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LG is bringing a “premium smart AI” speaker with Google Assistant to CES

LG plans to show off a new line of speakers at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, including a high-end soundbar, a portable Bluetooth speaker, and an LG ThinQ smart speaker with Google Assistant. This isn’t LG’s first smart speaker with voice assistant support. The company unveiled the SmartThinkQ Hub with Amazon’s Alexa voice service […]

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Google Assistant hits Android tablets, older Android phones

When Google Assistant first launched in 2016, it was exclusively available on Pixel smartphones. Earlier this year it started rolling out for all phones running Android 6.0 or later. Now google says it’s rolling out Google Assistant to devices running Android 5.0 or later. For the first time Google Assistant is also going to be […]