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

The Verge

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.

Astros trade for Pirates ace Gerrit Cole
Martin isn't well-known, but he hit.278/.332/.487 with 18 homers and 16 steals between High-A and Double-A last season. Cole will slide into a rotation that features Justin Verlander , Dallas Keuchel , Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton .

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?

Related News:

  • Big 12 Week 3 Preview: Texas Tech and Kansas

    Big 12 Week 3 Preview: Texas Tech and Kansas

    Here's the list: at No. 8 Texas Tech, at home versus No. 12 Kansas and Texas, at No. 16 TCU and at home against No. 21 Kentucky. Bill Self's team took care of Iowa State in Lawrence on Tuesday night, and this weekend, the Jayhawks will host Kansas State.
    Tiger Zinda Hai 24th Day Box Office Collection

    Tiger Zinda Hai 24th Day Box Office Collection

    The film, which minted Rs 316.74 crore on the 21 day, has now earned Rs 1.46 crore on Friday making it a total of Rs 320.32 crore. Tiger Zinda Hai is the sequel of 2012 action-spy thriller which was directed by Kabir Khan .
    Blanca Blanco wore red to the Golden Globes and she's explained why

    Blanca Blanco wore red to the Golden Globes and she's explained why

    Jones said many Americans are concerned about growing hatred and intolerance and Winfrey could bring a "values-based front for inclusion and tolerance" to the country.
  • Lady Vols fall to A&M in OT, end 15-game winning streak

    Lady Vols fall to A&M in OT, end 15-game winning streak

    Saturday's win follows Tennessee's 92-84 road victory at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night and should boost the Vols in the rankings. The Vols battled their way to a 36-28 halftime advantage, with seven different Vols scoring in the opening period.
    Donald Trump's reason for skipping United Kingdom  questioned, even by embassy

    Donald Trump's reason for skipping United Kingdom questioned, even by embassy

    But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming. Trump said in a late-night tweet that he had decided not to come to London to open the new US embassy.

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Earns Daily Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.18

    Following the sale, the chairman now directly owns 1,711,798 shares of the company's stock, valued at $66,195,228.66. Jefferies maintained Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:MO) earned "Buy" rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, October 23.
  • Ferrell, Bryant, Joseph, Fields all returning for Clemson defense

    Ferrell, Bryant, Joseph, Fields all returning for Clemson defense

    Wide receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud, strong safety Van Smith and offensive guard Taylor Hearn all will turn professional. Joseph led the team in total tackles with 96 on the season while Ferrell was third with 66 and Bryant was seventh with 50.
    OR  seeks state of Arizona sweep vs. No. 17 Wildcats

    OR seeks state of Arizona sweep vs. No. 17 Wildcats

    Up Next: The Ducks host No. 18 Arizona State in Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday (5 p.m., Pac-12 Network). It came in the form of a loss to Oregon State a week before.
    More Questions After FBI Releases Vegas Shooting Files

    More Questions After FBI Releases Vegas Shooting Files

    Much of what investigators found in the hotel room had already been made public, but the search warrants add additional details. The search warrants covered electronic accounts of Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley.
  • Tottenham boss Pochettino: Players now becoming companies

    Tottenham boss Pochettino: Players now becoming companies

    Pochettino fears Premier League stars are now becoming "companies" with the circus around them more influential than their clubs. Levy also conceded that it is hard to get business done in the winter transfer window.
    Angelina Jolie Steps out With Injured Daughter Shiloh in New York City

    Angelina Jolie Steps out With Injured Daughter Shiloh in New York City

    On Sunday night Angelina Jolie brought along her second eldest and third adopted child, 14-year-old Pax to the Golden Globes . It was previously reported that Shiloh broke her collarbone on December 29 during a family trip in Lake Tahoe .
    Autos overshadow the gadgets at CES tech show in Las Vegas

    Autos overshadow the gadgets at CES tech show in Las Vegas

    Record-breaking rains hit Las Vegas on Tuesday, leading to flooding and the closing of some major booths, including Google's. Despite this, many have noted that power outage and the weather were not the only problems of CES 2018 .

Most liked

Stryker Corp (NYSE:SYK): Institutional Investor Sentiment Down to 0.87
We can gain important insight by taking a look at institutional ownership, as detailed in public companies' latest 13F filings. SYK's financial leverage ratio is 1.06, which indicates that the company's asset base is primarily funded by equity capital.

Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa lead Brit Awards nominations
The British Group category has five contenders: Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and The xx. Grime star Stormzy, singer Rag'N'Bone Man and rapper J Hus join her and Sheeran for the best album prize.

Jay Ajayi, Eagles Run Game Shoulder Offensive Load In Win
Falcons coach Dan Quinn could have opted to take the wind in the fourth quarter after deferring on the opening coin toss. I'll have to look at the film but from the pictures it looked like we would've had a good opportunity for it.

Sears (SHLD) Upgraded by BidaskClub to Sell
Since January 8, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 1 sale for $7.38 million activity. 116 funds opened positions while 640 raised stakes. It increased, as 20 investors sold SHLD shares while 30 reduced holdings. 18 funds opened positions while 18 raised stakes.

Norwegian: No thank you, President Trump
Several lawmakers say President Trump used a demeaning expletive to refer to Haiti and African nations during a meeting Thursday. He added: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Eliza Dushku: Stuntman Sexually Assaulted Me at 12
When I was 12 years old, while filming " True Lies ", I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer , one of Hollywood's leading... I think all the women are who are speaking up. "She is painting me out to be a monster which I am not", he continued.

Safety first for Hodgson despite Palace revival
Wayne Hennessey was a spectator for much of the afternoon apart from Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes each heading wide from close range in both halves.

Patriots get WR Hogan back vs. Titans
The 27-year-old carried the ball 64 times for 264 yards and five touchdowns this season. Bademosi is a odd inactive, as he was active for every game this season.

New England Patriots vs Tennessee Titans: How to watch National Football League playoffs
Saturday night, however, marked the first time the Titans cornerback was subjected to the torture he saw so many endure. Yet entering the game, there were questions about him at age 40 and his game, which had been slumping in recent weeks.

Flu activity becomes widespread in Willmar area
An update released Thursday says that more than half of the people hospitalized for flu are age 50 and up. The cost of a flu shot is $25, but adjustments can be made for those without insurance to get a flu shot.

Trump to issue final Iran deal waiver, officials say
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized President Trump, saying the nuclear deal is not renegotiable. The US president is required to renew the existing deal every 120 days under American law.

Dick LeBeau and Bill Belichick meet in rare playoff battle
This contest screams of a game dominated by Rob Gronkowski , who eats up the middle of the field against mediocre linebackers. Let me count the ways - four of them - the Titans can pull off one of the biggest upsets in National Football League history.

Snow stuns as more than a foot falls in Sahara Desert
The town, which is surrounded by hot desert and not used to managing snow, experienced some difficulties with icy roads. It is just extremely rare with this being the third snowfall on record in the Sahara.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte fires back at Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho
If somebody speaks of one of my players to tell we are interested, I wouldn't be very happy. Rumors of Conte's exit will continue because that's what rumors do.

Conagra Brands Inc (CAG) Director Joie A. Gregor Sells 5250 Shares
Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors LLP MA boosted its stake in shares of ConAgra Foods by 18.8% in the third quarter. Conagra Brands, Inc . (CAG) exchanged hands at an unexpectedly high level of 3.31 million shares over the course of the day.