Google to launch 'Assistant' on third party devices


Google highlighted three speakers that will carry Google Assistant: the Zolo Mojo from popular accessories maker Anker, the TicHome Mini from Chinese manufacturer Mobvoi, and Panasonic's SC-GA10. The last announcement we have today about Google Assistant being embedded into a number of LG appliances later this year. Already available on select Android phones as well as Google Home speakers, iPhones, Android Wear devices, and Google Allo, you're about to see Google Assistant on a wider variety of speakers and appliances. As of Friday 25 August, Apple users in the UK, Germany and France can install Google's answer to Siri for free.

The smart home game may have started a few years ago but it's not yet common in households all over the world.

Google has announced that as well as speakers, Google Assistant is also coming to appliances.

Google is also at IFA 2017 and is announcing an updated presence of its Google Assistant.

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Amazon opened up Alexa to third-party developers a year ago, resulting in a series of products powered by the retailer's digital assistant. It will be up for sale in two colour variants - Black and White. With the integration of voice assistant, users can ask questions like "Ok Google, is the laundry done?". Battery-powered and capable of functioning without being plugged in, the TicHome Mini also comes with an interchangeable strap that makes for easy carrying or hanging around the house. We don't have a full list right now, but Google does mention a washing machine, clothes dryer, and a vacuum. Many new products will be announced that support Assistant control as well, which is arguably more important than featuring Assistant in the first place.

Google also said in its post that there are "more than 70 home automation manufacturers" (e.g., Honeywell), now compatible with Google Assistant. "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...'"

We're going to have to wait to see how well and smoothly these appliances work with Google Assistant.