On a similar theme, the Lenovo Smart Display - the first of a new product category which gives Google Assistant its own display - has a physical shutter over its webcam for when you want to guarantee privacy. Google is looking to nab more of that real estate as well.
Google has spent the previous year bringing Assistant to over 400 million devices as it aims to make its virtual assistant available pretty much everywhere. "It's been important that Alexa has opinions", Whitten said. As evidenced by the white jumpsuit-clad Google-ites at dozens of booths, it's also about third-party integrations.
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. 64% of those who responded in the survey are using the device for smart home functionality and 66% said they wanted to entertain using the speakers with music and other content. It is worth noting here that Amazon has already made its strong presence in the voice assistant world with more than 25 thousand Alexa Skills, whereas Microsoft's Cortana has merely 300 skills, as highlighted by Hassan.
JBL Link View [Photo: courtesy of Harman]"Making sure that the experience feels very natural, we're going to put a lot of work into that", says Hafsteinsson. There's Google Duo video calling too, to phones as well as other Smart Display devices.
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That's also the case with Google's smart displays, which for the most part uses visuals as a supplement to the voice-driven Google Assistant.
Hafsteinsson, is keeping the interface from becoming just another tablet.
Technology fads often run hot then fizzle, and it's tempting to think that the Numi intelligent Wi-Fi-connected Kohler commode will fall into the realm of cool-but-little-used items that include smart forks and see-through washing machines. Both Lenovo and LG announced touchscreen-enabled smart speakers with Google Assistant on-board, which is likely to make up for Google not making a Google Home with a display yet. "Five years from now, we're not quite sure either". The company unveiled the LG Gram laptops, OLED and Super UHD LED TVs and even a Smart display powered by Google Assistant.They also announced the Smart ThinQ speaker which has Google Assistant built in. The company still sounds bullish about the smart assistant. The real question, he says, will be how Apple will differentiate itself, now that the key aspect of its HomePod - audio quality - has been co-opted by speakers such as the Google Home Max and Sonos One, not to mention others on the horizon.