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Google Assistant will also be built into new voice-activated speakers

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Google Assistant is expanding on more Android phones and headphones. (IANS)
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Google Assistant will now be able to understand and speak more than one language at a time, the company announced on Friday.

With the annual tech show IFA 2018 kick-starting here, Google said that it is adding multi-lingual support to its Assistant.

“Currently, the Assistant can understand any pair of languages within English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. We’ll be expanding to more languages in the coming months,” Manuel Bronstein, Vice President of Product, Google Assistant, said in a blog post.

Google Assistant is expanding on more Android phones and headphones. Some of the latest flagship devices, including the LG G7 One, SHARP Simple Smartphone 4 and Vivo NEX S, now feature dedicated buttons to easily access the Assistant.

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Google on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“In addition, the new Xperia XZ3 from Sony and Blackberry Key 2 LE also take advantage of the shortcuts to trigger the Assistant,” said Bronstein.

Google Assistant will also be built into new voice-activated speakers.

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These include Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound 1 and Beosound 2, Blaupunkt’s PVA 100, Harman Kardon’s HK Citation series, Kygo’s Speaker B9-800, Polaroid’s Sam and Buddy and Marshall Acton II and Stanmore II.

“Expect these smart speakers and soundbars to roll out later this year in local European markets,” said Google. (IANS)

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Lenovo Launches First Google Assistant Smart Display

The "Lenovo Smart Display" is first being made available in the US in two display sizes-- the 8-inch HD version for $199.99 and the 10-inch Full-HD version for $249.99

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Google introduced the Pixel series in 2016 and the rumoured upcoming smartphones would mark the third generation of the line. Pixabay

Google has partnered Chinese technology company Lenovo to manufacture a new category of devices called “Smart Displays” which are interactive screens for smart home devices with Google Assistant.

“With the Google Assistant built in, the Lenovo Smart Display brings you the best of Google services, including Maps, YouTube, Calendar, Duo and Photos, in a visual and helpful way,” Chris Turkstra, Product Management Director, Google Assistant wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

With the interactive touch-and-voice combination, “Smart Display” would enable users to multitask and control their smart home devices with simple voice commands and touch gestures.

With “Smart Display,” Google is also offering three free months of YouTube Premium service for new subscribers.

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With the Google Assistant built in, the Lenovo Smart Display brings you the best of Google services, including Maps, YouTube, Calendar, Duo and Photos, in a visual and helpful way.

“Your Assistant can even help you prepare a great meal on ‘Smart Displays’ with step-by-step hands-free guidance on screen. Of course, you can set timers and play music while you cook,” Turkstra added.

The “Lenovo Smart Display” is first being made available in the US in two display sizes– the 8-inch HD version for $199.99 and the 10-inch Full-HD version for $249.99.

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“We’ll expand the Smart Display options with other partners, including JBL and LG. While there are over 1 million actions already available for the Assistant, we’re excited to see what developers will design for ‘Smart Displays’ too,” said Turkstra. (IANS)

One response to “Lenovo Launches First Google Assistant Smart Display”

  1. Awesome device! Love the camera shutter feature. Makes me less paranoid. The speakers works just as good as my harman/kardon speakers lol

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