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Lenova brings Google’s new Smart Display platform to view
January 14, 2018, 2:52 pm

Google Assistant was everywhere at CES 2018. With its presence on phones, TVs, smartwatches, and even inside cars, Google seems determined to challenge the monopoly once enjoyed by Amazon’s Echo devices. At CES, Google revealed its new Smart Display platform that allows the search giant to expand its Assistant on even more hardware. The platform is designed to enable partners like Lenovo to create their own versions of Amazon’s Echo Show devices. Lenovo was only the first to launch the new Google Smart Displays at CES, but others are rapidly climbing on the bandwagon, including the likes of JBL, LG, and Sony.

The Smart Display platform itself is a simple version of the Google Assistant that responds to “Hey, Google” and does all the Assistant stuff you would expect, including providing support for Duo video calls, Google Maps, YouTube playback, and even Google Photos.

The main home interface is simply generated by the Assistant, with cards for upcoming meetings or the usual weather information you would find with the Assistant on a phone, as well as ability to control some smart devices. Lenovo showcased two Google Smart Displays, an 8-inch HD version, and a larger FHD 10-inch model, that it said would be available for sale by summer at $199 and $249 respectively. A bamboo finish is available on the larger model, or a soft matte finish on the 8-inch version. 

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