Back in April, Google released the Google Assistant SDK which allows third-party developers to integrate the smart assistant into their hardware prototypes. And now the search giant has announced three third-party speakers that run Google Assistant.
To be available later this year, Zolo Mojo from Anker, GA10 from Panasonic and TicHome Mini from Mobvoi will be equipped with Google Assistant.
Anker had unveiled an Echo Dot competitor called Eufy Genie which is powered by Amazon Alexa. The company’s upcoming Zolo Mojo running Google Assistant will be positioned as an entry-level smart speaker. It will support Google Cast Audio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with a price tag of US$70. Shipping will start in late October.
No information is currently available on the other two Google Assistant-powered speakers from Panasonic and Mobvoi from China.
The Google Assistant SDK includes a gRPC API, a Python open source client which handles authentication and access to the API, samples and documentation. Developers can use the SDK to process a spoken query via the Google Assistant service and receive an audio response.
However, the Google suggests that manufacturers interested in building commercial products powered by Google Assistant “reach out and contact us.”
Along with the third-party speaker announcement, Google said it will strengthen collaboration with LG on the smart appliance front. Users will be able to ask Google Assistant to start the vacuum cleaner, or begin a new washing cycle in a washing machine of LG, for example.
They may ask questions like “Ok Google, are my clothes clean?” or “Ok Google, is the laundry done?”
Google Assistant already supports more than 70 home automation manufacturers, such as Honeywell, Netatmo, Wemo and TP-Link.