Sony clearly got that memo, anyway, hence the one basic piece of tech on its new LF-S50G smart Speaker which, though not as clever as the Google Assistant, still elevates the gadget above its increasingly numerous rivals.
Sony has bucked the trend for plain cylinders, squat cubes, and generally vase-like gadgets with nothing but a company logo and a speaker grille.
Speaking as someone with a number of smart speakers running a couple of different virtual assistants, in various rooms, one of the things I end up asking most often is what the time is.
It definitely bears some resemblance to Apple’s upcoming HomePod, which is no bad thing, though where the Siri-powered speaker has a glowing light on top, Sony’s has just buttons.
Although the Amazon Echo and Google Home do a decent job with picking up spoken instructions, and talking back to you, playback seldom has quite the same polish.
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