Hands on: Google Assistant's new 'smart displays' are a must-have

The closest any of us here has ever been to a Maserati

Smart home device maker Insteon has partnered up with Google Assistant for a new range of voice-activated home systems, announced by the company on Monday.

When Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) launched its first smart speaker, the Echo, back in late 2014, its smart voice assistant platform was confined exclusively to its own devices.

On the show floor, it smoothly scrolled through demo applications popping up info in ways we're used to seeing on our phones or through Android Auto. Klipsch has in two separate press releases announced that several of its products will soon add support for two of the most popular voice assistants, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The Smart Display is available in 8- or 10-inch touchscreen models.

Lenovo, LG, Sony and JBL are making Smart Displays. Analysts say some consumers find it more natural to manipulate smart devices like door locks, lightbulbs and televisions with their voice instead of smartphone apps or dedicated remotes.

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The most important technology industry expo is now underway in Las Vegas, and early reports show that electronics manufacturers were certainly prepare to dazzle the publics during CES 2018. "They are starting to express a lot more intent", he said.

Would it come as a surprise that neither Amazon or Google made money on smart speakers during the holiday period after embarking upon a market share contest? The plan is said to starting selling more of their own products and those from Nest, and putting Google Assistant at the center of it all. Along with these devices also a list "smart displays" were displayed. While all of this is already possible on Google smartphones, these displays are meant to be stationery items that can be placed on tables and shelves and other counter-tops. LG's new ThinQ AI TVs leverage Google Assistant.

The company is reportedly working on a redesigned Google Store with Assistant-powered devices at the heart of its online platform, reports Bloomberg. "And in the auto a true automotive assistant, which knows what drivers want and how cars work, is probably a better choice for the "driving" end of that interface than a general goal assistant coming from the home environment".

The company largely invented the modern smart-speaker category with the summer 2015 launch of the cylindrical Echo speaker. It also revealed an unsolved problem for both companies: How complex should navigation be on a device that's more like an appliance than a computer?

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