Google at CES 2018 has announced that its voice-controlled virtual assistant will now be available with a display similar to the Amazon Echo Show. These smart displays will be designed by various third-party manufacturers like LG, Sony, Lenovo, and JBL. These products will be able to perform tasks like video calling, watching YouTube, playing music, dimming lights, locking doors, setting alarms and more. This seems to be Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Show which was launched back in June.
As of now, the Google smart displays aren’t able to browse the Web or have applications installed on them like a tablet would. However, we might see these features being added to them in the future. Currently, they will only be able to bring up information related to the voice commands on the touchscreen.
Lenovo’s variant of the smart display will come in two options, the first will sport an 8-inch display and will be priced at $200 (Approximately Rs 12,742). The other will sport a 10.1-inch display and will be priced at $250 (Approximately Rs 15,927). Both the variants will go on sale this summer. JBL, LG and Sony did announce that they are working on their versions of the smart displays, however, they didn’t announce the pricing or the release dates.
All of these smart displays will be made by third-party manufacturers and Google will not be manufacturing its own hardware. However, Rishi Chandra, vice president of the division in an interview back in August had told Reuters that the company had experimented with developing a version of Google Home with a screen.