CES 2018: Qualcomm unveils smart home hub collaboration with Google

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CES 2018: Qualcomm unveils smart home hub collaboration with Google

The big shocker is, of course, the announcement that Google is teaming up with companies like Lenovo, Sony, JBL, and LG to launch smart displays.

While availability and pricing details of the Smart Displays are'nt concrete as of now, certain sources suggest following possibilities. It can also be used as a digital photo frame with images picked from Google Photos. One of the few examples that Google showed us during our hands on time, was the fact that the display makes it easier to follow a recipe.

Adoption of these smart speakers is still relatively low, but tech companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple are betting these voice-first devices are the next major platform, like smartphones or desktop computers.

Given that these are Google-enabled displays, you'll even be able to cast videos directly to them, though, given their size, that's probably only interesting if you plan on watching a lot of YouTube videos in your kitchen.

Smart displays are very much like existing Assistant smart speakers, but surface contextual information on the screen, in addition to verbal responses.

The 10-inch Smart Display has a bamboo finish and the 8-inch model has a soft-touch grey finish.Another plus: those anxious about privacy can simply cover the camera with a flick of a shutter switch.

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Smart headphones. Jaybird, JBL, LG, and Sony are all bringing Google Assistant to smart headphones.

The Google Smart Display devices are bound to utilise the Android Things platform and will provide Google Assistant on demand.

New Android TVs. Changhong, Element, Funai, Haier, Hisense, and Westinghouse are announcing new Android TVs at CES, and each comes with Google Assistant.

Inside, the Smart Display's hardware reads like a low-end tablet.

Rumor has it that Google is indeed planning to make a display-equipped Home, so chances are that 2018 will see the debut of that device. Lenovo is one of the first manufacturers announced and plans to launch 8- and 10-inch Lenovo Smart Displays early this summer, for respectively United States dollars 200 and USD 250. The other will sport a 10.1-inch display and will be priced at $250 (Approximately Rs 15,927). The device has a speaker on the left side, or if you stand it in portrait mode, it'll be on the bottom. It will be called JBL Link View. The company is working on a new Google Home speaker with a display, code- named Manhattan, for release in 2018, two people familiar with the product's development told Bloomberg in December.

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

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