LG’s newest neckband/earbuds support Google Assistant, Translate

LG is bringing a new set of “wearable wireless audio” devices to the IFA trade show in Berlin next week. The LG TONE Platinum SE is basically a set of wireless earbuds/headphones with a neckband that helps provide long battery life, while the LG TONE Ultra SE adds an external mono speaker to the mix, allowing […]

Report: Google to launch its own Smart Display this year

Banking on the idea that smart displays are the next smart speakers, earlier this year Google announced that it was bringing its Google Assistant service to upcoming speakers-with-displays. This summer Lenovo and JBL started taking orders for the first Google Assistant-enabled smart displays, and more are on the way. But so far Google hasn’t announced […]

JBL’s $250 Link View smart display with Google Assistant goes up for preorder

And then there were two. Just a few days after Lenovo began selling the first smart display featuring Google Assistant, JBL has begun taking preorders for its own veesion. The JBL Link View was first unveiled at CES im January, and it should begin shipping in September. You can preorder one now from JBL’s website […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]