Google will stop supporting smart displays of other companies with Assistant

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Google will no longer provide software updates for third-party smart displays made by Lenovo, JBL, and LG with Assistant, potentially impacting the quality of video calls. These three brands are the latest to face the discontinuation of Google’s IoT products. Google had previously announced the end of major development of the Android Things base operating system, and in February 2022, Google disabled the web browser on all smart displays except its Nest Hub, citing a lack of SafeSearch support. Google’s latest developments are now only for the Nest Hub, which runs on a different operating system controlled by Google.

Google will stop supporting smart displays of other companies with Assistant

Google will stop providing updates for third-party Lenovo, JBL, and LG Smart Displays with Assistant. This may affect the quality of video calls.

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The company will stop providing software updates for Lenovo Smart Display (7″, 8″ and 10″), JBL Link View and LG Xboom AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display.

Google first announced smart displays with Assistant in January 2018 at CES. LG ThinQ WK9, Lenovo Smart Display 8/10 and JBL Link View went on sale later that year. The last such display was a 7-inch Lenovo model released at the end of 2019.

In February 2019, Google announced the end of major development of the Android Things base operating system, which was intended only for OEM manufacturers. Before that, it was positioned as an Internet of Things platform.

In February 2022, Google disabled the web browser on all smart displays except its Nest Hub, citing a lack of SafeSearch support. All of the company’s latest developments are also just for the Nest Hub. These devices run a different operating system (Cast, and now Fuchsia) that is directly controlled by Google. At the same time, Fuchsia uses a microkernel called Zircon, developed by Google. Flutter, a cross-platform set of user interface tools from Google, is the main application development language.

In early 2022, the US International Trade Commission accused Google of infringing five of Sonos’ smart speaker patents. The company has released a software update for Nest that removes or circumvents these patents.

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