Lenovo Smart Display Is the Perfect Digital Assistant

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In the past couple of years, we've seen a slew of non-Amazon devices begin to offer Alexa integration, including 3rd party speakers, laptops, smart TVs, and much more.

The Google Assistant is a new voice activated system that isn't limited to just one device-the assistant can come in the form of speakers, android powered TVs, headphones, and cars, to name a few. The new product is a slab-shaped device with speaker grilles on the left side and an 8-inch or 10-inch display on the right.

During the media days before the kickoff of CES this week - the show floor doesn't open until Tuesday - newly announced Alexa-enabled devices ranged from classic electronics (a Hisense television, a Garmin GPS device), to cutting edge (a $1,000 pair of smart glasses). Google representatives also made a lot of cameos at various manufacturers' keynote events at the currently-ongoing CES 2018 show.

But compared with the Lenovo's intriguing offering, the LG speaker is pretty damn ugly.

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It's nice to see that these features are spreading out across vehicles and becoming less manufacturer-specific - but it'll also make it more hard to figure out who's on the phone, who's talking to Alexa or Google, and who's just muttering to themselves. The plan is said to starting selling more of their own products and those from Nest, and putting Google Assistant at the center of it all.

At LG Display, we saw a world's first: a 65 inch rollable OLED display! "Enabling instant access to Google services from the IVI provides new experiences for OEMs to deliver as they continue to seek new ways to connect drivers".

Google has spent the past year bringing Assistant to over 400 million devices as it aims to make its virtual assistant available pretty much everywhere. Apple's Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker was also supposed to be released during this period but the company delayed the release to 2018.

The devices can show details about restaurants, launch a video chat over Google Duo and pull up images hosted on Google Photos. "You want to keep it as simple as possible". About 45 million people in the United States will use smart speakers in 2018, research firm EMarketer estimates, and Amazon has about two-thirds of the US market. That's not to say that there is nothing you can do, there are three key things that retailers can do to take advantage of the rise of the voice assistant. That was due to a many-year relationship that would help the PC maker get the product in stores fast, said Jeff Meredith, senior vice president for consumer computers and smart devices at Lenovo. The company may add some more color variants to its lineup in the future.

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