Google squares off with Amazon's Alexa at this year's CES

The Echo Plus looks great around the house

Todd Haselton | CNBC The Echo Plus looks great around the house

Unlike the Home speakers, this smart home device can show you YouTube videos without requiring a TV. Both the variants will go on sale this summer.

You'll also be able to deploy Smart Displays as a digital photo frame, with images housed in the cloud through Google Photos. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week it's announcing new device partnerships.

Oh, and there's one more thing Google Assistant-powered smart displays will be able to do: Play YouTube videos with the power of your voice, as Google helpfully pointed out in an introductory video.

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The Lenovo Smart Display basically looks like a tablet that tapers out to a wedge-shaped stand.

Other companies will be launching Smart Displays as well, including JBL, LG and Sony. So you can tap the screen and talk to Google or say "OK Google" or even "Hey Google". I asked a Google representative why this might be allowed given that the Echo Show can't play video at full screen without telling Alexa explicitly to do just that. The 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display starts at $249.99, and the 8-inch model starts at $199.99, both expected to be available early this summer.

Google Assistant brings hands-free assistance to appliances, like setting and adjusting the cooking mode or the temperature and time on your range or starting a cycle on your dishwasher. Harman also has a JBL-branded smart display planned that will likely use upgraded audio quality to differentiate itself.

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Google Assistant, the company's smart voice assistant, is now installed on 400 million devices, including the Google Home speakers and certain Android phones.

New Android TVs. Changhong, Element, Funai, Haier, Hisense, and Westinghouse are announcing new Android TVs at CES, and each comes with Google Assistant. But, all three say the devices only collect data when you "wake it up" with a question. There is also a 5 MP front-facing camera for video calls, along with a dedicated camera shutter button if you ever need to take a selfie.

The JBL Link View will be available mid-year in the U.S. and at this stage Australian availability and pricing is unknown.

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If you have ever wanted something like the Amazon Echo Show in your home but would rather have it powered by the Google Assistant, you won't have to wait much longer! Now, you may notice I didn't capitalize smart displays, and that was on goal.

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