Google Assistant is Coming to Smart Speakers

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Hardware, Mobile, Smart Home with 10 Comments

Google Assistant is Coming to Smart Speakers

Google this week is announcing a series of partners who are bringing its Google Assistant technology to their smart speakers.

“From the start, we’ve believed that your Google Assistant should be available wherever you need help, and that’s why it’s already on Google Home, eligible Android phones, iPhones, Google Allo, and Android Wear,” Google senior director Abhi Taneja writes. “This week, we’re continuing to make your Assistant available in even more places.”

At IFA in Berlin this week, Google is revealing which hardware partners are adopting Google Assistant for their smart speakers. Sonos isn’t on the list—yet—but it will be: Sonos has already revealed that it will partner with multiple digital assistants, and it has an October event lined up.

For now, Google says that the Zolo Mojo by Anker, TicHome Mini by Mobvoi, and the GA10 by Panasonic will all offer integrated Google Assistant capabilities. And the firm will reveal more Google Assistant-powered speakers later in the week. The devices will ship “later this year” and most will be available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, and France.

As exciting, Google says that device types that will work with Google Assistant. IFA is a “consumer electronics and home appliance trade show,” it notes, and “throughout the next few days, you’ll hear about a number of new products that either have the Assistant built in (you can talk to them) or that work with the Assistant (you can control them with the Google Assistant).” And it is providing one example: LG’s smart appliances—including washers, dryers, vacuums—will all work with Google Assistant.

“The Assistant already supports more than 70 home automation manufacturers, including Honeywell, Netatmo, TP-Link, and Wemo, so you can get help with everyday things using your voice,” Google notes. “Whether you need to dim the lights to 20%, set the sprinkler, or turn on your slow cooker, you can just start with ‘OK, Google…'”


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