Google's voice assistant is coming to more speakers

05 September, 2017, 21:25 | Author: Devin Moran
  • Google Assistant coming to more speakers and home appliances from LG

According to the company, the Assistant is expanding into new territories and away from the Google Home device. Google announced today that by the end of the year, we'll start seeing Google Assistant baked into new smart speakers and appliances, and we're not talking about those made by Google. As of Friday 25 August, Apple users in the UK, Germany and France can install Google's answer to Siri for free.

Google Assistant is coming to a lot of third-party devices later this year. The JBL LINK series of speakers will still get all the updates and all the features that the standard Google Home would get, you'll just enjoy even better sounding audio.

When it comes to appliances, the search giant claims that it is going to tie up with manufacturers like LG, allowing customers to be able control their appliances, including washers, dryers and vacuums from any device with the Google Assistant built in. If you're expecting guests and need the floor cleaned, you can say, "OK, Google, start vacuuming".

The company also states more compatible brands will be announced during IFA 2017.


The idea behind Google Assistant is that you can easily wake it with the Ok Google command and then set off on conversational engagement with it. All of them can be used to query Google for news and information, and they also all support multi-room audio, and can be paired up with Google Homes and Chromecast Audio-equipped speakers for this goal. With the integration of voice assistant, users can ask questions like "Ok Google, is the laundry done?".

On the TV front, Panasonic is busily forging ahead and using as many exciting-sounding acronyms and numbers as possible. "Getting help around the house will be easier than ever".

The design is really solid, looking like a quality speaker and adding sophistication to a sector of the market that has so far been driven by the novelty of voice control, rather than the music that you might get back from it. LG Electronics is now the only manufacturer mentioned by Google as being one of its new partners. At CES earlier this year, Amazon Alexa was in so many connected devices that it truly stole the show and many are hoping Google's solution will have similar results.

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