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Google has also made it clear that the device is not just a tablet with Google in-built. Today, three years later, 16% of Americans own a smart speaker. Ted Cardenas, Pioneer (USA) vice president, pointed out that the capability, in essence, brings the smart home into the vehicle.

Both Smart Displays will be available starting this summer. Ask LG, about their AI-powered speakers... One way Google is reportedly looking to do that is by launching a revamped online store in February.

Lenovo's version of the smart display will come with an 8-inch screen for $200 or a 10.1-inch screen for $250. 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.

The smaller model is expected to cost $200 and the larger one is $250.

LG hasn't offered any details regarding pricing and availability of the device, but already listed the ThingQ WK9 on its website as "Coming Soon". The line between smart speaker and smart hub continues to blur.

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Away from the touchscreen solutions, Altec Lansing, Anker, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, Riva Audio and SōLIS are all building audio accessories with the Google Assistant at their heart.

In terms of features, it's similar to Lenovo's offering. The JBL Link View's stereo speakers could do just that. It's the cheapest option, for the moment, at $129.

The pair are also working to make certain Alexa capabilities available to drivers when the vehicle is not connected to a network. With a display, Google Assistant will be able to play a YouTube video, search for map directions, call a cab and track it, as well as pull up images through Google Photos.

On the web, you'll now find a "What it can do" section that breaks out all of Google Assistant's actions by category. Amazon had a head start over every other tech giant in the market with the launch of its Echo smart speaker in 2014, and Google has been playing catch-up ever since.