Polk Audio’s Google Assistant speaker also comes with Chromecast inside

It's just one of those Android Things

Polk's Assistant speaker packs in Chromecast
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Veteran speaker company Polk Audio has announced its first Google Assistant smart speaker, the aptly named Polk Assist.

From the outside this looks like just another Assistant box, but what you can’t see is its built-in Chromecast, meaning you’ll not only be able to cast to it from your phone, but pair it with other speakers and sound bars for some multi-room action.

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As Polk Audio points out, this is one of the first speakers to be built on certified Android Things System-on-Modules, which means it will get new features and security patches straight from Google.

There are a few physical buttons on the top, including a dedicated Google Assistant button for those who'd prefer to manually activate it. All things considered it's a very Google-centric speaker, but if it can deliver excellent audio quality alongside these features for the $199 price tag - well, consider us interested.

It's not, however, the most inspired design, but Polk Audio knows its stuff when it comes to sound. And Polk is slowly building a whole range of smart speakers. Its Chomecast-enabled Magnifix sound bar already works with Assistant, and its Command sound bar, announced at CES and shipping in June, will come with Alexa built in.

The Polk Assist will be available from June in white and black versions for $199. If this doesn't quite do it for you, Como Audio recently announced its own Assistant speaker which opts for a more retro look, and may be more to your tastes.

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