Google Assistant rolls out to third-party speakers

Anker Google Assistant speaker

MyHermes has continued their mission to interact with the latest wave of smart devices on the market by becoming the first parcel company in the United Kingdom to fully integrate its tracking solution with Google Assistant.

The company stated that the voice assistant is coming to new speakers including the Zolo Mojo, made by smartphone accessories maker Anker. The Link series is only coming to the UK, USA (with pricing to be announced on that side of the Atlantic), France and Germany however, so if you're reading from elsewhere, you may want to shoot off now.

We got up close and personal with the new Panasonic speaker at IFA 2017.

There will likely be many more than those speakers too, Google and its partners just haven't announced them yet. The Assistant is supposed to be a Siri counterpart in the Android universe, doing Google Searches and various other functions related to controlling devices. All of them can be used to query Google for news and information, and they also all support multi-room audio, and can be paired up with Google Homes and Chromecast Audio-equipped speakers for this objective. Amazon already lets third-party speakers and devices use Alexa in their products, like the Fabriq speaker and an Ecobee thermostat.

Google Assistant was originally reserved for Google Home and Android phones but, last week, rolled out to iOS devices in more regions. Commands like “Ok Google, start vacuuming” and “Ok Google, are my clothes clean?” should become a routine if you are ready for a Jetsons-like reality. Need to clean up?

Google Home is not the only smart speaker available in the market though.

You get an Echo Dot-like design with buttons on top as well as a strap to easily carry the TicHome Mini with you everywhere.

At IFA, the company is showcasing three speakers powered by the digital assistant and is announcing integration with LG's home appliances, including washing machines, dryers, and vacuums. Tying into the home, you could also talk to the Assistant to dim room lights, adjust volumes, temperatures, and so on and so forth.

As exciting, Google says that device types that will work with Google Assistant.

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