Google announced its smart displays powered by Android Things at the CES 2018, though the brand has silent on the launch date of the same. Now, during its annual developer conference, the search engine giant has announced that the smart devices will be launched in July this year.
However, the brand has not revealed the exact launch date of the upcoming smart displays. Further, the company has not shed the light on the pricing and availability of the devices as well. However, this could prove to be a direct competition to Amazon’s Echo Show, which has a similar functionality. Google will surely have an edge over Amazon with services like YouTube and YouTube TV along with Google Assistant, but it will be interesting to see whether the brand be able to tap the new smart displays market successfully or not.
Google already announced that it has tied up with JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony to come with a touchscreen display. 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.