The kit will be coming later this year and, while it's not flawless, it's a big step forward in the industry.
Amazon is integrating the Alexa virtual assistant into more non-Amazon devices, including desktop and laptop computers from several manufacturers, a line of Kohler products and new vehicle models, according to The Verge and other publications covering the announcements coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The Smart Display will act like Amazon's Echo Show where you would get Google Assistant and not the Amazon's Alexa assistant. The OS on the Smart Display will be the new Android Things OS which Google had announced towards the end of 2017, since the company wanted their new internet of things devices to be powered by the software. Smart displays are essentially speakers with tablet-like displays that can play music, control your smart home and provide visuals as well. It seems Google is getting the attention now. "By teaming up with Google and Amazon, we're providing families with a unique way to interact with their appliances to get chores done their way and on their time", Tayebi added. Google is looking to nab more of that real estate as well.
Obviously, the Google Assistant is running the show, so you can go ahead and watch videos on YouTube, ask questions or check the weather and much more.
It has an 8-inch touchscreen display and speakers it says are tuned by Meridian Audio, on either side. Smart homes are in an exploratory stage and few consumers are yet to embrace constantly connected home hardware. The company is promising support "in the coming months", which means that you will be using Assistant perhaps by middle of the year.
Google's focus in 2018 will likely be the spread of Assistant to more home gadgets, mobile devices and vehicles, according to Google Assistant engineer and vice president Scott Huffman. For more updates, stay tuned with us!