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Lenovo's Smart Clock is an adorably tiny display with Google Assistant

Amazon unveiled the clock-sized Echo Spot last year, as a smaller alternative to the Echo Show. We haven't seen any similarly-sized devices running Google's smart display platform, but Lenovo just unveiled something similar — the Smart Clock.

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Google Maps finally gets usable voice commands with Assistant integration

Today Google is (finally!) announcing its rollout of real Assistant integration into Google Maps, though it was spotted in testing late last year, and announced at I/O. Gone are the days of limited voice controls in navigation. Soon we'll all be able to harness Google's full Assistant and all its enhanced functionality — from asking to play music, read/reply to messages, sharing Maps' ETA, and even add new stops on your way.

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[Update: Hitting all devices soon] Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more

The Lenovo Smart Display was our first taste of Assistant's screen-first experience, but the Home Hub came out more recently with new features. The other smart displays aren't dead, though. Lenovo is rolling out the "R5" update today that adds some refinements and new features to the display.

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Anker announces its own in-car Google Assistant speaker, the Roav Bolt

With smart speakers being so common in homes these days, it only makes sense to bring them to vehicles. The first Google Assistant speaker for cars, the JBL Link Drive, was announced earlier at CES. Anker just revealed its own version — the Roav Bolt.

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The Smart Wi-Fi Instant Pot will soon work with Google Assistant

What's better than a Wi-Fi-enabled pressure cooker with 13 smart programs? A Wi-Fi-enabled pressure cooker with 13 smart programs and Google Assistant support. That's right, the 'smart' version of the Instant Pot will soon offer Google Assistant integration.

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JBL Link Drive brings Google Assistant to your car

JBL is bringing Google Assistant everywhere this year, from speakers to soundbars, displays, headphones, and more. The latest addition to its line-up, the JBL Link Drive, is meant to help you use Google Assistant while driving, but without taking your eyes off the road or fiddling with your phone.

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House of Marley announces refreshed Get Together Mini speaker with Google Assistant

The House of Marley makes a bunch of retro-looking audio gear with an emphasis on sustainability. The company has announced several new products coming this year, among them a refreshed version of its Get Together Mini portable speaker that'll feature everybody's favorite virtual assistant.

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JBL Link Bar, the soundbar with Google Assistant and Android TV, will ship this spring

It's been a long road for JBL's Link Bar. First announced in May of 2018, as the first soundbar with both Google Assistant and Android TV built in, it went up for pre-order in August with an expected availability of October, but shipments were delayed and we knew it wouldn't likely come to market before 2019. We have an updated date today, as JBL has announced the Link Bar will come this Spring.

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Samsung's 2019 QLED TVs will be compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa

Samsung's CES 2019 motto appears to be more openness. After the company announced that its 2019 Smart TVs will support Apple's AirPlay 2 and launch the iTunes Movies & TV Shows service, it has also revealed that its QLED 2019 models will be compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

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KitchenAid Smart Display has a 10" display, IPX5 rating, and Yummly

After seeing Google Assistant Smart Displays from Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Google, it's now time for another big electronics maker to join the fray: KitchenAid. Wait, what? OK, see, there's a simple explanation: KitchenAid is owned by Whirlpool. No, still doesn't make sense. Well, Ryne called the Lenovo Smart Display "the best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher" and our best guess is KitchenAid read that and thought, " Nah, we can do better."

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