Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant hands-on

Google talks sales numbers for Google Home and their plans to show off Assistant at CES

Your homescreen displays the time, along with snaps from your Google Photos account, and unlike the Echo Show it'll play videos from YouTube without any hassle. Both Smart displays are expected to be available early this summer.

It is true that similar functions could be available on a smartphone, and it is if you want to use Google Assistant there.

The ambient mode on the Smart Display can show pictures from Google Photos.

The partnerships are important for Google as it tries to catch up with Amazon in the new category of smart speakers that both play music and function as voice-controlled electronic assistants. With virtual assistants coming to smartphones and moving to speakers to control home appliances, it seems that the technology companies see the smart displays as a natural progression. So, you can say "Hey Google" anytime and it will listen to your command. For last year's show, Google had a few partners to cart out, like NVIDIA and Sony, which brought Google Assistant to their Android TV offerings.

The software not only contains the Google Assistant, but there are other Google products pre-installed as well.

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If Google's Home smart speakers all had a place in your house, the Lenovo Smart Display's place would be in the kitchen.

Lenovo's first Smart Displays have Google Assistant inside and are launching this summer. Basically, you can expect a deluge of new Assistant-powered devices to hit the market in the upcoming months.

Prices for these smart displays will likely fall in around $200. The first one comes with 8-inch HD touchscreen display and the second one comes with 10-inch Full HD touchscreen display. Apart from the above reputed brands, other companies have also collaborated with Google to launch compact and cheap Google Assisted devices. There is also a 5 MP front-facing camera for video calls, along with a dedicated camera shutter button if you ever need to take a selfie.

The body as a whole favors an oval shape versus the rectangular nature of the Lenovo Smart Display, and while you won't find any bamboo back here, it's arguably the sleeker of the two thanks to the all-black paint job. The JBL Link View and LG ThinQ View WK9 have already been announced. 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.

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