At I/O 2018, Google announced that the first Assistant smart displays are launching in July. Meanwhile, the company detailed features like a YouTube TV app, cooking features, and more.

The new “visually assistive” features for Assistant are a highlight on smart displays and aim to provide an immersive as possible experience given the presence of a screen and the ability to tap and swipe. Of course, Assistant by voice is also available and especially showcased by use cases like cooking or when your hands aren’t free.

With recipes, smart displays can walk users through the cooking process, with just voice prompts. Meanwhile, on stage, Google showcased how YouTube and a new YouTube TV app can again be fully controlled via voice for a more lean back experience.

As first unveiled at CES 2018, the first from Lenovo, LG, and JBL are coming starting in July. Other features include searching, Duo video calling, and controlling smart home devices, while the new form factor integrates with Calendar, Maps, and of course YouTube.


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