During our Q&A session yesterday, we were asked about our expectations for CES this year. I said that I just assume that everyone will introduce Alexa and Google Assistant powered whatevers, because this is the new wave of tech fun that’s easy to jump on, sort of like tablets and smartwatches once were. So far, LG is helping with that prediction, thanks to the introduction of their first “premium sounding speaker with Google Assistant” on board. This is the LG ThinQ and it’ll arrive at CES.
LG didn’t talk much on details, only suggesting that they “teamed up” with Google to make this the ultimate speaker assistant with Google Assistant. It should produce “high-quality sound” too, using Meridian Audio technology, and can even play High Resolution Audio from high quality lossless files.
Of course, it’ll fire up with “OK, Google” and control your smart home or set reminders or get you the weather, just like other Assistant-equipped speakers. It has top controls, comes in a circular/cylindrical form factor, and appears to show LED lights to let you know that magic is happening as you use it.
Pricing and availability hasn’t been announced yet.