Google has announced it has partnered with different manufacturers to launch smart displays powered by Android Things. The company has tied up with JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony to come with a touchscreen display, which would be similar to Amazon Echo Show.
The new smart displays will feature the Google Assistant, which will make the speakers smarter. So one can watch videos on YouTube, video call with Google Duo, find photos from Google Photos and more. You can also get recommendations for your favourite content, right on the home screen.
Lenovo has announced that it brings the smart display for $199 for the 8-inch variant, while the 10-inch display will be available for $249. Other brands are yet to reveal the pricing of the smart displays, but JBL says that it will sell its JBL View in the summer in the US. Google further said that Smart displays from JBL,Lenovo, LG will be based on the Qualcomm SD624 Home Hub Platform and the one from Sony will be based on the MediaTek MT8173 SoM.
The search engine giant has also revealed that it will be bringing Assistant powered speakers from Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio and SōLIS. The brand has also announced that it will launch more headphones from Jaybird, JBL, LG and Sony, which will be optimized for the Google Assistant.
This means once you pair them to your phone, you can talk to the Assistant instantly with just the touch of an earbud, whether you want to skip a track to hear the next song, get notifications, or hear and respond to your messages.