New Sony LF-S50G 360 Degree Speaker Comes With Google Assistant

New Sony LF-S50G 360 Degree Speaker Comes With Google Assistant

New Sony LF-S50G 360 Degree Speaker Comes With Google Assistant

But the Sony LF-S50G Wireless Speaker looks less like Google Home and more like Apple's HomePod. Sony calls it the LF-S50G.

Apple's highly anticipated HomePod is due to be released in December.

It seems like every single tech company has made at least one announcement at IFA in Berlin, and JBL is no exception.

Sony's smart speaker, the LF-S50G, will be available in the United Kingdom from November priced at approximately £200.

Another smart design choice was making the speaker IPX3*10 splash-proof, again, great when using the speaker in a kitchen.

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Beyond that, you can do all of the great Google Home stuff, such as check traffic, listen to music, and even set remin...err, never mind, you still can't set reminders on Google Home. The device combines a premium music speaker with Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google Assistant voice controls and intelligent assistant software. Best of all, the LF-S50G can serve as a Bluetooth speaker for your devices with NFC One-Touch pairing, and you can be less anxious of it getting water damage as the speaker is IPX3-rated splashproof, don't go swimming with it though. What make the speaker more appealing is its build, whose shell is also splash-resistant. It comes in two color options, Black and Gray. In addition to spoken commands, the product also highlights the capacity to respond to user's hand gestures.

I got a chance to try the gesture controls myself and found them to be quite responsive.

Other products that have been launched by JBL include a new Bar series of four soundbars meant for home theatre experience at home in a price range of Euro 179 to Euro 749. With a straightforward motion, you can play music and alter the volume of the tune as per your own inclination.

The speaker itself is a squat cylinder with a perforated grill, and has an LED display on the front to tell the time, and animates to show you when the Assistant is listening or processing. Rather than have us argue about whether it should have included Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or Microsoft Cortana, a document filed at the FCC suggests the upcoming speaker will support multiple virtual assistants.

In an announcement about the speaker, a spokesperson for Sony said: 'With a 360-degree vertical two-way facing speaker system, the S50G wireless speaker can comfortably fill the average room with sound'.

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