LG ThinQ WK9 Google Assistant Smart Speaker Announced

Bessie Dean
January 13, 2018

Toyota hasn't announced which models will be able to connect to Amazon Alexa this year, but more Toyota and Lexus vehicles are expected to get the feature in 2019. The Smart Display does not come with 4G LTE cellular network and it also does not have its own web browser. With Amazon Alexa considered to be the leading assistant for the smart home, Google's been forced to demonstrate that Assistant is growing too. "We're pleased to be working with the Google Assistant to offer our customers the ability to control Hopper's video experiences through the Assistant on speakers and phones".

You'll be able to see your calendar on the screen, check recipes, watch videos and more. The smart display will play music, display calendar, weather and Google Maps, among other things. You can even reserve parking space through SpotHero.

Lenovo has introduced its first smart display at the CES 2018. In the future, it's plausible people could use Alexa for searches instead. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 624 SoC and comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. You can purchase it in either soft Grey color or natural Bamboo color.

Both displays lack distinct Lenovo or Google branding. It just looks like a generic rectangular speaker with an awkwardly inserted 8-inch display in the middle. The 8-inch model is priced at $199 while the 10-inch will retail at $249 when it goes on sale in early summer. "This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive", explained John Scumniotales, head of product for Amazon Alexa Automotive. However, the Mobile Accessory Kit is much simpler and uses Bluetooth to communicate to other devices. If you're specifically looking for an Alexa device, though, you're probably better off getting an Echo directly from Amazon.

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What is more exciting to hear is that Amazon has expressed its intentions to extend the Alexa technology to wearables and fitness devices and beyond.

The whole idea behind Smart Displays is to serve as an in-house assistant for all your daily needs.

What's your take on this? If TVs are your thing and you're always on the lookout for a really nice TV, whether you really need the upgrade or not, there were plenty of new TVs to see at the show. Do share your thoughts and opinions on this.

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