Google ends updates and effectively kills 3rd-party Assistant Smart Displays

lenovo smart display google assistant

In a very quiet reveal, Google says it has stopped updating third-party Lenovo, JBL, and LG Smart Displays. The writing has been on the wall for quite some time for this form factor, but it’s still surprising.

Google announced it was stopping major development on the underlying operating system in February of 2019. At that time, Android Things became just for OEMs developing Smart Displays and speakers. Before that, it was positioned as a vast internet-of-things platform. 

Smart Displays saw a lot of new functionality early on as Google competed with Amazon, but have seen very few new features as of late. In February of 2022, Google disabled the web browser on non-Nest Hub Smart Displays citing the lack of SafeSearch support. All recent development is for the first-party Nest Hub. These devices are running a different operating system (Cast and now Fuchsia) that Google directly controls.

For example, the Nest Hub Max last year received the camera-powered Look and Talk and Quick Phrases to skip “Hey Google.” Even that looks set to be overshadowed by the Pixel Tablet, which we previously argued is the future of the Smart Display form factor.

Meanwhile, today’s announcement says nothing about the Lenovo Smart Clock, which is like a Smart Display but on a different system for all intents and purposes. 

We’ve talked at length about how Google is pulling back on Assistant in its current form as generative AI takes shape. At one point it seemed poised to be the connectivity tissue between all of its platforms. Now, Google has greatly pulled back and is mostly focusing on the Android phone/tablet experience. Smart Displays are a clear casualty of this. 

We’ll be reaching out to Google on what 3rd-party Smart Display owners can expect from their devices going forward.

They should still work, but the experience might be degraded (as in the case of video calling) and won’t improve.

Related Posts

Revolutionizing Conversations: A Comprehensive ManyChat Review

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital communication, businesses are constantly seeking innovative ways to engage with their audience. One such groundbreaking tool that has been making waves in…

Alibaba Marketplace: A Comprehensive Review for Shoppers

The global e-commerce landscape has witnessed explosive growth in recent years, and Alibaba stands out as one of the major players in this digital revolution. Founded in 1999…

Agoda Review: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Popular Travel Booking Platform

In the dynamic landscape of online travel booking platforms, Agoda stands out as a prominent player, offering a diverse range of accommodations and travel-related services. This comprehensive analysis… Review 2024: Your Ultimate Guide to Seamless Travel Planning

In the fast-paced world of online travel planning, stands out as a formidable force, catering to the diverse needs of millions of travelers globally. As we step…

Grammarly 2024 Review: Unveiling the Latest Features and Enhancements

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital communication, the importance of clear, concise, and error-free writing cannot be overstated. Whether you are a student, professional, or casual writer, having…

New Elementor Features: What You Need to Know

In the fast-paced world of web development, creating visually stunning and highly functional websites is essential. Thankfully, tools like Elementor have emerged to empower both beginners and experienced…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *