Google to launch smart speakers with touchscreens

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The convenience of having an assistant essentially built into your home could also one day make owning a smart speaker redundant, but that will be of little concern to Amazon and Google. We also finally know what to call the abilities that Assistant has. Google Assistant will also let people make video calls on devices that are equipped with a camera, the company said.

The new devices will generally work like the other smart speakers flooding the market at the moment - such as Google Home. The Echo Spot is a lot cheaper at just $US130 ($166), while the Echo Show costs $US230 ($293) - both versions will be released in Australia early this year, though pricing has yet to be announced.

Google on Monday announced that it is expanding the availability of Google Assistant to Smart displays.

The Lenovo Smart Display has all the Google goodies, including Google Maps and YouTube.

Lenovo has just taken the wraps off of a brand new product with the Google Assistant baked in, here at CES 2018.

The first of these gadgets that was announced is the Lenovo Smart Display.

Lenovo, JBL, Sony and LG will manufacture these smart displays with Google's Android Things, comes with "enhanced" privacy features.

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In a sign of the stakes involved, Google past year cut off the Echo Show's access to YouTube and took the rare step of explicitly saying it was acting in retaliation for Amazon refusing to sell Google products.

The 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display has been priced at $249.99 and will come in Bamboo colour.

Google says it has more than a million possible actions on Assistant.

For the longest time, we've been waiting for Google to bring its Assistant to devices with a screen. Like Amazon's Echo Show, these smart displays are created to sit stationary on a counter, table, or desk. Both displays look sharp and colourful, with the 8-inch one feeling like the flawless size for a device like this. The Smart Display is also fitted with up to a 10W speaker (5W on the 8-inch model), increasing the versatility of the product.

The JBL Link View will be available mid-year in the U.S. and at this stage Australian availability and pricing is unknown.

Lenovo has built the Google Assistant interface upon Qualcomm's new Home Hub Platform with a Snapdragon 624 inside and is capable of streaming Full-HD video.

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