With CES underway in Las Vegas, Google has announced a stunning list of partners that will sell Google Assistant devices in 2018.
This is a nice follow-up to my post Digital Assistants Loom Large Over CES, But Where is Cortana? (Premium), from yesterday, which detailed how Alexa maker Amazon is partnering with PC makers to bring its assistant to the PC and other devices too.
As I noted in that post, Google is all over CES, if virtually: Advertisements for Google Assistant are, almost literally, everywhere.
And that makes sense. For last year’s show, Google had a few partners to cart out, like NVIDIA and Sony, which brought Google Assistant to their Android TV offerings. This year? Well, this year is a lot more impressive.
“The Assistant now works with over 225 home control brands and more than 1,500 devices, including a bunch of new ones from Abode, Crestron, Gourmia, Insteon, Kohler, and Yonomi,” Google VP Scott Huffman notes. “With these integrations, millions of new smart home devices are being connected to the Assistant every month, so you can stay in control, whether you want to heat up the house, check on the laundry or make sure you locked the back door.”
Here are the partners that are working to bring Google Assistant to various hardware products in 2018.
Existing Android TVs. AirTV Player, Bouygues Telecom, LG U+, TCL, Skyworth, and Xiaomi will all add Google Assistant this year.
New Android TVs. Changhong, Element, Funai, Haier, Hisense, and Westinghouse are announcing new Android TVs at CES, and each comes with Google Assistant.
Smart TVs. Google Assistant is an integrated component of a new line of LG smart TVs that are being announced at CES.
Smart speakers. Google Assistant is coming to new voice-activated speakers from Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio, and SōLIS in 2018.
Smart Displays. JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony are bringing the Assistant and Google Cast to smart displays. Brad and I checked out Lenovo’s smart display last night; you can read Mehedi’s write-up here.
Smart headphones. Jaybird, JBL, LG, and Sony are all bringing Google Assistant to smart headphones. Well, sort of: These headphones will pair with your phone and then work with the Assistant there.
Automobiles. Starting this week in the U.S., Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto, which has pervasive reach: It is available now in tens of millions of cars on more than 400 models from over 40 brands, including Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Android Auto is also available as a mobile app for those that do not have this feature built into their vehicles.
Folks, this is fairly amazing. And it is exactly what Google needs to do to establish itself as one of two viable digital assistant technologies.