It makes sense for Google to get on board with numerous hardware partners. So far in terms of the battle of digital assistants, it has been pretty much been Alexa versus Google Assistant. Today, three years later, 16% of Americans own a smart speaker. About 45 million people in the United States will use smart speakers in 2018, research firm EMarketer estimates, and Amazon has about two-thirds of the US market. Say, for example, you ask for a restaurant recommendation and the Smart Display provides you with one. Instead, these devices will come with better microphones and speakers.
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Another idea is said to be a new online store, tipped to debut in February. The smart display will play music, display calendar, weather and Google Maps, among other things.
The smaller model is expected to cost $200 and the larger one is $250. A full 4% of that number reported that it was their first smart speaker. The new Lenovo Smart Display sports 8 Inch and 10 Inch sizes.
In terms of features, it's similar to Lenovo's offering.
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Apple and Google could also exploit their positions as integral parts of the general population's lives: we all walk into work with either Siri or Google Assistant in our pockets. JBL wasn't the only company to announce a speaker like this.
Exact release dates for any of this have yet to be announced, but once they are, we'll be sure to let you know. It's the cheapest option, for the moment, at $129.
Google has also worked with smart headphones' maker including LG, JB, Jaybord, and Sony to include the smart assistant.
You'll be able to see your calendar on the screen, check recipes, watch videos and more. There is no news yet on the projected future of the Google Assistant, but fans are expecting more information in the coming months.
On the web, you'll now find a "What it can do" section that breaks out all of Google Assistant's actions by category.