#IFA2017 – While it did take Apple a while before they decided to open up Siri to third-party developers, companies like Amazon and Google wasted no time, which probably allowed them to get a headstart when it came to third-party devices that came bundled with either Alexa or Google Assistant.
Now if you’re looking for a set of smart speakers with Google Assistant built into it, you might be interested to learn that you’ll have more options to choose from, thanks to JBL announcing the JBL LINK series of speakers that will come with Google Assistant integrated into them, thus giving users the ability to control their speakers and other devices through voice commands.
There will be three different LINK speakers to choose from at the start. There will be the LINK 10 and LINK 20, both of which are designed to be small and portable and will offer up 5 and 10 hours of battery life respectively, and will also be IPX7 certified, meaning that they will be waterproof up to a certain degree.
Then for those who are after something a bit more robust, there is the LINK 300 which will be bigger and will offer up a more “powerful sound”. Just link JBL’s other speakers, these LINK speakers can be daisy-chained together to help create a multi-room effect. The speakers are priced at 169 EUR, 199 EUR, and 299 EUR respectively and will be released in the UK, Germany, and France this fall, but no word on a stateside release just yet.