CES 2018: Google Smart Displays Unveiled As Amazon Echo Show

Google has launched a new alternative to the Amazon’s Echo Show. The new Google Smart Displays are essentially speakers with tablet-like screens which are optimized for sound quality and listening to voice commands. For the new Google Assistant devices, the search engine giant has partnered with Sony, LG, Lenovo, and JBL. Read more to find about Google Smart Displays Price in India, Specifications, and Features

Google Smart Displays

Price and Availability

The new Google Assistant devices were unveiled at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. Lenovo’s 8-inch screen is expected to be priced at $200 (approx Rs 12,700). Whereas a 10.1-inch screen is tipped to cost $250 (approx Rs 15,900). Sales are expected to start ‘early this summer.’ JBL, LG, and Sony are yet to announce pricing and release dates. The new gadgets will compete against the like of Amazon’s Echo Show and Echo Spot.

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Specifications and Features

  • Google Assitant
  • Voice commands
  • Touchscreen display
  • HD (720p) camera
  • Video calling

The new Google Smart Displays are essentially tablet-like screens with speakers. These allow you to use your voice to perform tasks like playing music, dimming lights, locking doors and setting alarms. Information related to the voice commands is displayed on the touchscreen. However, you can not browse the web or install apps on the new screens.

The Lenovo’s version will come with an 8-inch screen or a 10.1-inch screen. Lenovo claims that the new device will include an HD camera. The new smart displays will support Google Duo and Google Photos. The search-engine giant is counting on demands for recipe videos, restaurant details, and video chats.

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Amazon was first to introduce smart speakers in 2014 with Echo and Alexa virtual assistant. The Amazon Echo Show was the first smart speaker from the e-commerce giant to feature a screen. Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana are not yet available on a speaker with a display.

The smart speakers are a growing segment of the technology market. Currently, the around 45 million people are using smart speakers in the United States. Google hopes that the access to YouTube will give it an edge over competitions. Last year, Google cut off the Echo Show’s access to YouTube. Are you excited about the upcoming smart displays? Let us know in the comments section below.

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