Polk's Audio Assist smart speaker is now available, powered by Google Assistant | Apps news

Polk Audio’s Google-powered smart speaker is now available in the UK, priced at £179. 

Like Google Home, it features Google Assistant, but expect a beefier sound than Google’s cheaper version. 

It’s not the first time the company has used Google’s services, as the MagniFi series of soundbars can all be connected to Google Home and then controlled with your voice. Polk is also responsible for producing the first soundbar with Amazon Alexa built-in, the Command Bar.

The Polk Audio Assist also has Chromecast built-in, meaning you can stream music from a range of services over Wi-Fi, and use it as part of a multi-room music system with other Chromecast-enabled speakers.

The Assist is also one of the first smart speakers to benefit from Android Things, which means it will get regular security and feature updates directly from Google. These updates will drip down automatically. 

The Assist is available to buy now from etailers like Peter Tyson and Superfi. 

Read more: Polk Assist initial review: Like Google Home but with better sound

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