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Sony is going to release its very set of smart speaker
February 22 2018, 04:41 | Guillermo Bowen
Hands On Sony LF-S50G pairs Google Assistant with added smarts and superior sound
Coming in December for $299
Codenamed S13, the Sonos Smart Speaker will more than likely please our ears for other reasons, too. Google Assistant features in a new JBL Link series of portable and home speakers. At the IFA 2017 event, the company has unveiled its first ever smart speaker with Google Assistant. Dubbed the Lenovo Home Assistant, the speaker needs to be docked to the side of the tablet using a wired connection. But it has chose to also release a version using Google Assistant after realizing how much time and money it would take to match that level of performance. With trusted audio brands going to the effort and expense of developing better speakers with superior sound quality, all they need do is concentrate on improving the AI assistants (which very much needs to happen) and licensing this technology out. It is also water-resistant meaning it can withstand splashes and is available in white or black colours.
The LF-S50G pumps out 360-degree audio and features gesture control, which allows you to adjust the volume or skip to the next track without directly touching the speaker. I tried drawing a clockwise ring in the air above the speaker, but it only picked up my movement after my fifth attempt. Just like with a Google Home, you can say "Ok Google" at any time to ask it questions.
Sony has taken a leap into the connected speaker market with the LF-S50G and has turned to Google Assistant for some help making it smart. Want to know what the traffic will be like on your route to work, set an alarm to wake you up in the morning or retrieve the flight booking details for your next trip, then simply bring the speaker to life by saying "Ok Google" and you can open up a world of opportunities.
Sony has now joined the growing number of tech firms offering a smart speaker, which will be listed as the model number LF-S50G.
The new speaker also supports gesture control, with users able to control song choice and volume by waving their hand closely over the top of the device.
So who else is at it when it comes to Google Assistant?
Other products that have been launched by JBL include a new Bar series of four soundbars meant for home theatre experience at home in a price range of Euro 179 to Euro 749. The design is simple, sophisticated and it is small enough to blend into a home, rather than stand out like Amazon Echo does.