One of a pivotal highlights from this year’s Google IO developer discussion was a proclamation that a initial Google Smart Displays would be rising in Jul of this year. Smart Displays, with their built-in screens and Google Assistants, are Google’s answer to a Amazon Echo Show and an expansion of a voice-only Google Assistant speakers like a Google Home and Google Home Mini.
Surprisingly absent from Google IO was Polk, who has currently only announced a Google intelligent orator of a possess – albeit one but a built-in display.
The orator is called a Polk Assist and it shares a distinguished similarity to a canister-shaped JBL Link 20 in that it has a filigree covering along a sides and front of a orator and a set of control buttons and orator array on a tip lid.
Beyond simply building Google Assistant into a speaker, a Polk Assist will also support Chromecast Built-in, permitting we to organisation a orator adult for multi-room playback and Cast audio streams to a Assist from your mobile device or PC.
Polk says a orator will be accessible starting in Jun of this year in a U.S. and will be labelled during $199 (around £150, AU$265).
Is Polk’s Google Home choice entrance too late?
While another further to a ever-expanding family of Google Assistant intelligent speakers is always welcomed, one has to consternation if Polk’s latest try into voice assistants is entrance a bit too late – JBL had speakers with Google Assistant late final year, as did Sony with a Sony LF-S50G.
The fact that other third-party manufacturers are gearing adult to recover intelligent displays competence meant that Polk’s voice-only further could tumble on deaf ears by a time it indeed hits store shelves in June.
That being said, it’s astray to bonus a orator – generally one as feature-rich as a Polk Assist – before we’ve had a possibility to hear it and we’ll therefore save the thoughts until we’ve had a possibility to do so.