Google Assistant Will Soon Help You do Your Laundry

Anker Google Assistant speaker

Much like Amazon has done, Google is opening up Google Assistant to third parties.

For now, Google says that the Zolo Mojo by Anker, TicHome Mini by Mobvoi, and the GA10 by Panasonic will all offer integrated Google Assistant capabilities. Anker will bring it out in late October.

The Mojo itself is similar in size to the Home, but costs $70, significantly undercutting the Home's $130 retail price.

Fewer details available for now on the Panasonic GA10 and the TicHome Mini from Mobvoi. The TicHome is designed for mobility which is also why it comes with a strap and is IPx6 spill-proof.

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.

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Finally, the Panasonic GA10 is, well, rather boring looking on the outside. At the moment we don't know how it will be priced, but we are expecting it to be available in the early stages of 2018.

Google's strategic move will only intensify competition in the virtual voice assistant market and will also accelerate development of the "smart-home". Like with the Google Home, you can ask these smart speakers questions like "Ok Google, how far away is the moon?" or "Ok Google, tell me about my day". It's a portable Assistant-powered speaker that looks a lot like a small Amazon Echo Dot, only there is no Alexa on board. Google added that these new smart speakers will be available in the United States, U.K., Australia, Canada, Germany and France.

Outside of speakers, the Google Assistant will arrive in appliances from companies like LG later this year too.

LG is going to be the first home appliance manufacturer that is going to introduce washers, dryers, and vacuums that can be controlled from a device with the Assistant, be it a smartphone or a speaker. LG Electronics is now the only manufacturer mentioned by Google as being one of its new partners.

The company is making it sound like the Assistant will behave the same way on third-party devices as it does on Google's own Home speaker.

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