November 20, 2018
LG is introducing its first Google Assistant-powered smart display this week. The XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9, which runs the Android Things operating system for IoT devices, will be offered for a $200 promotional price during Black Friday (it is expected to run $100 more beyond the sale). The smart device was first teased at CES in January. The XBOOM AI features an 8-inch HD touch-screen display, Bluetooth streaming, a built-in 5MP camera for video calls, Google Assistant-powered AI features, and easy access to apps such as Google Maps, Google Photos and YouTube via the Android Things platform.
“LG is touting the speakers and their Meridian Audio technology, which it hopes will make the $300 MSRP easier to swallow among all of that competition,” notes Engadget. “That’s more than the $200 8-inch Lenovo Smart Display that also runs Android Things and Google’s own $150 Home Hub which does not, not to mention the various other options with Alexa, Siri, Facebook or Cortana onboard.”
LG’s smart speaker can be used to make hands-free video calls with Google Duo and access services including Spotify, Chromecast and Google Play.
According to the product site, owners can also easily use their “voice to control over 5,000 smart home products that work with the Google Assistant such as lights, thermostats, smart plugs and more.”
“Apart from working with Google Home compatible devices, the WK9 also works with the LG ThinQ range of smart home devices, such as televisions and home appliances,” reports GSMArena.