The wait is almost over for another Google Assistant equipped smart speaker with a screen. The JBL Link View is available for preorder starting Wednesday for $250 on the company’s site. The expected delivery date is just over a month away — Monday, September 3rd. From the specs, it looks like the Link View will try to stand out from the crowd with sound quality. The JBL Link View follows Google’s first such device — the Lenovo Smart Display — which was released last week and was meant to imitate and improve upon the Amazon Echo Show. The basic concept of the JBL Link View will be the same as those other two smart speakers with a screen. You’ll be able to give the same commands to the Link View that you’d give to a Google Home smart speaker using the same wake words “Hey Google” or “Okay Google.” You can tell it to control your smart home, make a call, find a nearby restaurant, check your calendar and more. The built-in Google Assistant will respond and show you helpful extras on the screen. You’ll see the long term forecast if you ask about the weather, for example, or a control panel when you control your smart home devices. You can also use the screen to watch videos on YouTube, make calls with Google’s video chat app Google Duo and watch news videos, all similar to the Lenovo Smart Display, which also uses the Google Assistant. I liked the Lenovo… [Read full story]
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