Insteon connected home devices now compatible with Google Assistant

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Amazon already did it with the Echo Show but Lenovo's functionally named Smart Display (from US$$200) is arguably a better looking bit of kit.

B&O also announced AirPlay 2 support is coming to 10 devices including the Beoplay M3, M5 and A9 mk2 and Beosound range. Unfortunately, that is all that LG has revealed about this device so far.

Since Alexa support is now spreading like wildfire, Google Assistant is now receiving some love too. Lenovo was the one of the first companies to unveil a Google Assistant powered Smart Display, with their yet-to-be-named product. "We know it will look like this, it will have an 8" touch display and front-facing camera, and the audio is tuned by Meridian Audio.

The Google Assistant, meanwhile, is also headed to the Dish Hopper, Joey, and Wally devices.

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To work with the new functionality, you need to link your account from within the Google Home app or the Google Assistant on the smartphone by using the Insteon Hub, which is 2245-222. "We have been through a lot of work to achieve this with [our] high end speakers - it's.relatively easy in small devices [like Echo or Google Home] but more hard [for us]". Ask the LG ThinQ WK9 and it'll play it on YouTube for you. One voice command and you'll have it right in front of you, via Google Maps.

The Lenovo Smart Display with the Google Assistant built-in makes using the technology more than just audible, you'll be able to see the results, view videos and more.

"Insteon continues to build interoperability with companies that enhance our customer's experience with their connected home", said CEO Rob Lilleness.

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