Google Assistant coming to Smart displays from Lenovo, LG, Sony & JBL

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Two versions will be available when it launches in the summer: an 8-inch and a 10-inch model, but aside from the size there's only a slight resolution bump in the larger one. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week it's announcing new device partnerships.

The display can be positioned horizontally or vertically to fit almost any space. The 8-inch Smart Display comes in a light-gray color and the 10-inch model comes with a bamboo-colored back panel.

The 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display starts at Dollars 249.99 and the 8-inch model starts at USD 199.99.

Qualcomm says the platform includes system-on-modules (SoMs), development boards and reference designs, all of which are expected to be generally available within the first quarter of 2018.

It remains to be seen whether Amazon will list the new Assistant-powered smart displays on its store. The interface is very intuitive, as the home screen displays your notifications, as well as things like current timers.

Despite these concerns, companies are still betting big that you'll want these devices in your home.

However, the Assistant will be optimized for in-car usage, so that means no asking it to bring up YouTube videos while you're driving. For instance, saying "Show me the kids room" displayed a feed from a Nest camera.

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A lot of news came out yesterday around the Google Assistant from Google at CES, here is Google's official announcement.

And, yes, YouTube videos played at full screen-without any user intervention. Google revoked YouTube access for Amazon's Echo Show a year ago, and the following issues between the two companies led to Google removing YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV devices as well.

Gummi Hafsteinsson, the product management director for Google Assistant, told me these touch-enabled devices, which Google likes to call "smart displays", will support all of the standard Google services you would expect to find on what is essentially a Google Home with a screen. But arguably the coolest, and most useful, implementation of the virtual AI is in smart displays.

The search company has partnered with 15 companies to make new smart speakers and appliances, including four devices that will have built-in screens.

Powered by Qualcomm's Home Hub Platform based on the Snapdragon 624 processor, the Smart Display also has up to 2GB of RAM and up to 4GB of eMMC storage, and either an 8-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display or a 10-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display.

"You have to have a voice command".