Google teams with Sony, Lenovo for smart speakers with touchscreens

Google teams with Sony, Lenovo for smart speakers with touchscreens

This should be applicable to users who own Amazon's Echo series of smart speakers, or the Google Home lineup of smart speakers, or an Android phone that comes with Google Assistant.

The benefit of this is simpler integration, with one device that not only serves as the connection nexus for all Z-Wave wireless communication, but that can also offer full voice control and provide all of Google's assistant services.

Because the Smart Display runs Google Assistant, it can do a lot more.

Google Assistant also is coming to new voice-activated speakers from Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio, and SLIS. Google's Assistant can be summoned on Android smartphones, and Siri lives on Apple's iPhones. "Google has many more moving forward there are question marks about how long Amazon can sustain the growth". Those smart speakers that Google and Amazon sell, often for attractively low prices, are starter devices meant to get you familiar with their connected home system. While you might not be as excited about Bixby as one of the other, far more popular assistants, at least Samsung is staking its claim and, for now, sticking to it.

Google and Amazon have the same approach - get their respective voice assistants on every product imaginable. People can now transmit from Google Assistant their voice on handsets or voice-supported speakers such as Google Home.

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The devices can show details about restaurants, launch a video chat over Google Duo and pull up images hosted on Google Photos.

Or if you ask a Google Assistant smart display to play relaxing music, it won't pick out a random playlist and start playing a song you don't want (something that happens quite frequently with the Echo).

But, oddly enough, we may not even have to make a choice between assistants.

Bloomberg reports the online store will place a much greater emphasis on its own products, like Nest devices, in an attempt to double down on Assistant.

Industry watchers are struggling to keep up with all the different devices that Amazon has partnered with on Alexa, but it's clear the company has been busy making friends with manufacturers over the past year.

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