JBL Link View With Google Takes On Amazon Echo Show

Posted: Jan 9 2018, 12:20am CST | by , Updated: Mar 6 2018, 9:16am CST, in News | CES

 
JBL Link View with Google Takes On Amazon Echo Show

Harman owned JBL brand launches Smart speaker with a display at CES 2018.

Harman International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung announced the launch of JBL LINK View, a voice-controlled, smart display speaker with the Google Assistant built in. Harman is working with all major voice assistants. The company already released a smart speaker with Cortana last year and announced Alexa devices at CES as well.

The JBL Link View is the first smart speaker to incorporate the Google Assistant with a visual display. The JBL LINK View takes the listening experience a step further by incorporating an 8” high-definition display with a touch screen and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The LINK View provides excellent sound quality and is ideal for anyone that consumes a large amount of content daily. Users can view pictures, stream audio, and video, ask questions, scan recipes, and video call with family and friends, all with their voice.

“When we launched the LINK series last year it represented a major milestone for us, as the first voice-activated, multi-room speakers to use Google Assistant and deliver Grammy award-winning JBL sound,” said Lou Schreurs, VP, Connected Home & Luxury Audio BU, General Management. “Research shows voice activated speakers are no mere novelty. Sixty percent of owners now consider them a necessity. By continuing to enhance their experience by adding HD display with a touch screen and a front-facing camera, people will find even more ways to make these speakers an important part of their lives, routines, and enjoyment.”

The high-resolution touch screen and camera is framed by two front-firing stereo speakers and a rear-facing passive radiator, delivering JBL Signature Sound with rich, deep bass. Made with premium materials that easily wipe clean, and designed to have a small footprint to take up minimal counter space, the JBL LINK View seamlessly integrates into any room in the house. Users can set it up in the kitchen, and with the Google Assistant, follow along with a recipe, video call with friends, scroll through vacation photos, cast YouTube videos or connect the device to other LINK speakers for a multi-room listening experience.

"With smart displays, we're bringing the Google Assistant to a new class of device that delivers a fully interactive and visual experience. Smart displays can do everything the Google Assistant speakers can, with the additional benefit of a beautiful touch screen. They make it easy to watch YouTube videos, enjoy personal photos, follow recipes, control smart home devices and more," said Chris Turkstra, Director, Google Assistant. "We're excited to bring the LINK View to market with JBL and are committed to delivering a helpful, visual Google Assistant experience."

The JBL Link View will go on sale in the Summer of 2018 in the United States only. The price of the JBL Link View has not been announced.

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