Sony's speaker is one of the first to be released since Google approved plans to let other firms use Google Assistant in their speakers. The latest to join the list is Sony, which today revealed its new smart home speaker, the LF-S50G wireless speaker.
Sony (SNE) is entering the market with a new speaker that recognizes your gestures that also uses Google's voice assistant.
With just a 5W speaker it's certainly not as powerful as most, but offers voice-controlled smart hub capabilities on a budget.
Panasonic, meanwhile, unveiled the GA10 smart speaker featuring a classy design and available in black or white. Instead, the company chose to pack in the Google Assistant with its LF-S50G. The speaker is also capable of gesture controls to begin playing music, skipping tracks, or adjusting the volume. That's less than most of Amazon's Echo devices. It also has an IPX3-rating and a water repellent coating so it can be placed in the kitchen or bathroom, as well as the living room or any other room you fancy it in. The speaker can also connect to additional JBL Connect+ speakers using Bluetooth for a portable multi-speaker setup.
The Sony and Apple devices will compete with Amazon Echo devices, which range in price from $50 to $230, and the Google Home speaker, which costs $129. With Google's voice assistant integrated, users can ask the speaker a manner of questions, ask it to remind you of upcoming events and control various other smart devices around your home.
However, the S50G will be priced higher than its rivals, with Sony confirming a launch price of £200 in the United Kingdom, and $200 in the U.S. when it goes on sale in November. It comes with a 360-degree speaker array with a woofer facing downward and a tweeter upward.
We've tested many Sony speakers over the years and have found quality to be mixed. Arriving in the United Kingdom in November, it will cost approximately £200, which is £70 more than the Google Home's RRP. Take a look at all our Sony speaker reviews to see how individual models fare in our tests. It's small, it's subtle and based on our experience with it, it appears to manage to produce a decent sound from its compact body.
Premium home-speaker company Sonos has scheduled a media event for October 4 in New York City, where it is expected to introduce its first speaker with integrated voice controls.