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"LG ThinQ WK9 combines Google Assistant, awesome speakers and an 8" screen

In the wake of being outpaced by its rival, Amazon's Alexa, Google is looking at a renewed consumer push for its Assistant.

Unfortunately, the LG ThinQ WK9, which goes on sale this summer, is probably the least attractive smart display we've seen so far. I'm writing this from CES where I've seen a lot of robots, self-driving cars, and big, handsome TVs. So we would get to see a bunch of new digital displays in the market.

The Smart Display runs Android Things OS, which is separate from the interface you would use on an Android tablet or smartphone.

Since Google Assistant is built in, the Smart Display can do everything a Google Home can do.

And as product design is more important than ever before to stand out - given that these assistants all perform the same across devices - Google is continuing to focus on making conversations with the Assistant feel more natural. If you don't know how to prepare something, you can get step by step directions read to you or a quick query will pull up a YouTube video showing you what to do. Lenovo has even added a handy camera cover, in case you're anxious about privacy. As the Jabra earbuds, LG 2018 TVs, and C by GE line of smart lights and switches, which support Alexa, Assistant and Siri, demonstrate, products can actually support more than one voice assistant. The new Lenovo's smart display uses the company's IoT platform. Sure, you could have Alexa or Google Assistant tell you there's a Starbucks 1.5 miles away from you. The device is available to purchase in two different color options.

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Ultimately, Google wants Assistant to be a consistent experience wherever possible and is leveraging its relationships with hardware companies all over the world to make it happen. Lenovo's Smart Display (the actual product name) is a pretty basic product when it comes to the design, but I really love it. The 8-inch model costs $199 and the 10-inch model will cost $249. The additional auto features will give vehicle owners ready access to Alexa and make use of the services that the digital bot is programmed to dispense.

2017 was a whirlwind year for Google, with the Assistant now on more than 400 million devices, and Google expanded ways to interact with the Assistant - from Android phones, Android Wear smartwatches, the Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max to third-party speakers from companies like Anker Innovations. The Japanese brand will add the assistant to a few Toyota and Lexus models with special infotainment software this year and expand it more models in 2019. The company will also roll out Assistant to more Android TVs including AirTV Player, Bouygues Telecom, LG U+, TCL, Skyworth and Xiaomi. Even if it is said that it only listens to you when you start the conversation with "Hey Google", we just have some issues, just like we have issues with Alexa, and we still think that there somewhere could be a certain microphone that can deliver everything you say. The front-facing camera will come in handy for video calling, using Google Duo.

What's your take on this?

One of the major trends this year-and one that will likely effect you soon, if not already-is the connected home. Do share your thoughts and opinions on this.


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