Finally the push for Google Assistant to be placed in a new devices is happening. We’re approaching the one-year mark of Google Home being on the market, and Google still hasn’t seen its artificial intelligence technology gain widespread traction like Amazon’s. That appears to be changing near the end of 2017 and into the new year as, at IFA 2017 in Berlin, Google announced new Assistant-ready hardware from its partners.
Let’s see what the new devices are from Panasonic, Mobvoi, and Anker.
Panasonic isn’t a typical name that appears on the list of partners for Google, but here we are looking at the GA10. It’s a completely wireless device with an aluminum base beneath the actual speakers. With the company’s in-house audio technology, Panasonic says the GA10 is capable of providing “the comfort of voice command and the joy of filling your home with a supreme Hi-Fi soundscape.” However, it doesn’t seem like this speaker shoots sound in all directions. An inside look at the hardware shows speakers are only positioned to fire sound straight ahead and off to the sides.
There are two colors options, each with a different base and speaker color. The dark model has a grey base and a black top while the light model has a silver base and a white top.
The GA10 from Panasonic is scheduled to be released in early 2018.
Mobvoi TicHome Mini
The TicHome Mini, made by the same company who created the Ticwatch 2, is a compact speaker with Google’s technology. Rather than focusing on premium sound in the home, Mobvoi wants this device to be more portable. So a battery capable of running for up to six hours is packed inside.
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. It’s also water-resistant, earning an IPX6 rating to survive splashes in the shower and outdoors.
When it becomes available, you’ll be able to choose the TicHome Mini in one of five colors — black, white, blue, red, and sand.
Mobvoi hasn’t provided a release date yet, but you can sign up for email updates regarding the device and receive a 30% off promotional code on your purchase.
Anker Zolo Mojo
Anker’s Zolo Mojo is similar to its Eufy Genie, a device that utilizes Amazon’s Alexa. It’s another entry-level speaker that gets you into the world of digital assistants on the cheap. And, aside from featuring Google Assistant, this speaker from Anker also has Google Cast in addition to WiFi and Bluetooth. So you have a number of ways to stream audio through the Zolo Mojo.
Hardware specifications include a 5-watt speaker and two microphones for communication with Google Assistant. While it’ll definitely hear you, the Zolo Mojo’s speaker might be a bit weak for your needs.
The Zolo Mojo arrives in late October for $70.