Up until the end of last year, you could count the number of devices with Google Assistant on one hand. You had the original Google Home, the Google Home Mini, the Google Home Max, and a few other devices, such as the JBL Link20. In 2018, all of that has changed, as companies are now embedding Google's voice-activated assistant in an increasing number of gadgets — many of which are speakers. All of these devices have built-in microphones, enabling you to ask Google Assistant to do any number of things, such as calling a friend, looking up the news and weather, ordering food and much more. Here's a list of some of the things that Google Assistant can do.
Check out some of the newest Google Assistant-enabled devices coming out this year.
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In addition to being able to recognize individual faces, you can interact with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor as you would the Google Home smart speaker. The camera takes high-quality video both day and night, and has a fairly wide 130-degree field of view. Through Nest's app, you can also specify activity zones, areas where you want the camera to alert you if it detects motion. However, at $299, it's pricey.
The Lenovo Smart Display is one of several touchscreen devices that will have Google Assistant. Like the Echo Show and Echo Spot with Amazon's Alexa, the Smart Display also has a camera, and it supports Google Duo, so you can video chat with contacts on their smartphones. Dual 10-watt speakers should be able to pump out loud audio. The Smart Display will be available this summer, and will come in 8- and 10-inch sizes, for $199 and and $249, respectively.
Like the Lenovo Smart Display, the JBL Link View also has an 8-inch touchscreen that lets you interact with Google Assistant, watch YouTube videos and more. Likewise, it also has two 10-watt speakers. JBL has yet to announce the price of the Link View, but it should be available this summer.
iHome has already released an Alexa-enabled alarm clock, so it stands to reason that it would also develop one with Google Assistant inside. The iGV1 looks like someone took a Google Home and stretched it out. The top is made of white plastic, while the lower half is wrapped in a gray cloth. On the front is a large display that shows the time, and alarms you've set (it's dimmable), and the top has buttons to control music playback and Google Assistant, as well as a physical snooze button. The iGV1 will cost $139, and will be available in the near future.
iHome isn't the only one with a Google Assistant-powered alarm clock. Solis' SO-2000 ($169, available mid-2018) has two 5-watt speakers, and an LED clock that automatically sets the time from the Google Cloud. It measures 7 x 6.25 x 5.5 inches, and has Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi.
We don't know much about LG's smart ThinQ Speaker yet, other than that it will have Google Assistant built in, and will be available sometime in 2018.
Amazon added a Z-Wave hub to its Echo Plus Alexa smart speaker; Hogar is doing the same, and then some some, for Google Assistant with the Milo. This device pumps up your favorite jams, but it's also is packed with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi, so it can act as a hub for pretty much every smart home gadget out there. The top of the Milo has three buttons that can enable "scenes" (which activate several devices at the same time), and you can program a wireless remote, called the Pebble, with up to 10 scenes. The Milo will be available in the first quarter of 2018, and will cost $149.
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