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The Wall is the flawless name chosen by South Korean electronics giant Samsung for its 146-inch television, which makes use of MicroLED components to deliver 4K resolution without a projection interface; this is an advanced Smart TV platform that includes Bixby, the Samsung virtual assistant that allows users to control devices with their voices.

Sure enough, four companies have announced that they are bringing a with-screen Google Assistant device ahead of any official Google Home device.

The firm also previewed a host of touchscreen Assistant devices that have ...erm... echoes of the Amazon Echo Show.

It's safe to say that Amazon has now taken over from Apple as the virtual assistant leader, if not in absolute device numbers then in terms of visibility and momentum.

"On the privacy side, these devices are typically configured to only transmit data when triggered by a command word, which is good, but you're still telling Google or Amazon, and possibly Kohler and First Alert, a lot about your life", says Brookman.

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Google's New Google Assistant Directory Tells You Everything It Can Do

Another is the Lenovo Smart Display (below), which will arrive this summer for under $200. The Smart Display runs on Android Things, Google's platform for Internet of Things devices, rather than the standard version of Android.

Specifically, TiVo is looking to make heavy use of IFTTT functionality once support for Alexa and Google Assistant are live.

For now anyway, Google is not making its own Smart Display speaker.

►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Amazon's Echo Show, by comparison, is priced at $229.99. The latter, more likely to be used in the enterprise, could mean more Google Assistant features in your next video conference, potentially meaning a smoother, quicker meeting. When playing the Lucky Trivia game, for example, the Assistant will show the questions and multiple choice options on screen accompanied by bright and fun visuals. Not only will the company host an exhibit called the Google Assistant Playground, but it has Assistant-related advertisements plastered on Las Vegas' monorail and on the casino-ridden strip.

Some of those companies have strengths Amazon can't match.

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