"We're pleased to be working with the Google Assistant to offer our customers the ability to control Hopper's video experiences through the Assistant on speakers and phones", said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. Smart displays can do everything the Google Assistant speakers can, with the additional benefit of a attractive touch screen.
Dish had previously announced a voice remote that works with its Hopper DVRs.
Alexa users will be able to control their TiVo with a new TiVo skill for Alexa, which will listen for specific voice commands like Select, Play, and Record.
As presented at the CES convention (NET NEWS, 1/10), NPR and EDISON RESEARCH survey found continued and rapid increases in ownership of voice-activated smart speakers, and their increasing influence these devices are having on consumer behavior.
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Google Assistant is a voice-activated software which operates on a range of Android and iPhone devices as well as the company's own Google Home speaker hub. As the Smart Display features a FHD touchscreen, entering into the device will show you recent reminders, timers, music, or other interactive data.
And, across all your devices, the Google Assistant is making your home even smarter.
At least that's how Google, Lenovo and JBL are choosing to call them, while LG seems to adopt a less pompous, more obvious "touch screen speaker" marketing label. Google Assistant will then take over certain tasks, if you'd like, including the basic ones like rewinding, fast-forwarding, pausing, and playing.