LG's Google Assistant smart display has been beaten with the ugly stick

LG's Google Assistant smart display has been beaten with the ugly stick

LG's first foray into the world of Smart Displays comes in the form of the LG WK9, and while we'll have to get hands-on time with the device before we can make any final judgments, it now looks like the most underwhelming of the Smart Displays we've seen so far. In late 2017, Juniper Research reported that smart devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos One will be installed in 55 percent of USA households by 2022.

With Amazon dominating CES a year ago with Alexa, it seems that Google can no longer ignore Alexa's growing influence even though Google Assistant is available on phones and tablets.

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Lenovo took the wraps off a smart speaker with a nice difference to the Google Home, it has a screen. "Research shows voice activated speakers are no mere novelty".

Amazon already did it with the Echo Show but Lenovo's functionally named Smart Display (from US$$200) is arguably a better looking bit of kit.

The JBL View will be available on JBL.com and at select retailers starting Summer 2018 in United States of America only, other regions will follow at a later date. There are buttons for adjusting speaker volume, and there's even a switch that places a physical lens cover over the front-facing camera that's used for video calls. "We're excited to bring the LINK View to market with JBL and are committed to deliver a helpful, visual Google Assistant experience". Controlling certain devices and features in your home requires a compatible smart device. They make it easy to watch YouTube videos, enjoy personal photos, follow recipes, control smart home devices and more. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply.

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