Google May Revamp Online Store To Focus On Google Assistant

LG ThinQ WK9

REUTERS/Dado RuvicGoogle smart displays, in partnership with Lenovo and other brands, are in direct competition with the Amazon Echo Show. The company plastered the "Hey Google" command to launch its digital assistant all over Las Vegas.

Aside from the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL LINK View, here's the LG WK9 that offers built-in Chromecast and the Google Assistant. On Tuesday, the search giant had a few announcements to make which included its plans to expand Assistant this year and a new product called Google Pay. They are due out in the U.S. this summer, but we don't know when they are coming to the United Kingdom or what prices will be. Naturally, this also adds the other features that you'd expect from Google's virtual assistant, such as smart home control and such. TiVo is one of the companies following this trend, and over the coming months, it'll be rolling out support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT. The Smart Display does not come with 4G LTE cellular network and it also does not have its own web browser.

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Furthermore, the smart displays are equipped with all the Google services' applications.

The displays are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 microprocessor. The front-facing camera will come in handy for video calling, using Google Duo. The device is available to purchase in two different color options. Ask the LG ThinQ WK9 and it'll play it on YouTube for you. The first is an 8-inch model that costs $199.99, the second is a 10-inch model priced at $249.99. Indeed, insiders say, there are concerns within Google that it is losing market share and needs to catch up. More than 5 billion consumer devices supporting digital assistants will be in use in 2018, with nearly 3 billion more added by 2021, according to IHS Markit.

READ NEXT:Microsoft not giving up on Cortana, announces new devices Google's not really promoting its range of Assistant-equipped hardware, the Google Home, Home Mini and Max. Amazon, meanwhile, wants to ensure that its customers can directly access its "everything store" in contrast to now, when they mostly shop via devices and software systems controlled by Amazon's rivals. "We are excited to have been working with Google to develop these five new items, which allows cooks to give the appliances specific verbal cooking commands through Google Assistant".

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